When I was young palakottai were sold in the road side jackfruit vendors. My mother used to buy palakottai in numbers (100 seeds for one rupee) and made with palakottai masala, mandi and palakai (palakai means variety of vegetables) kulmbu. But nowadays it is so rare to see palakottai. They sell the jack fruit with seeds. During may a jackfruit exhibition was organized at Chennai trade centre. In there they sold palakottai and some other jackfruit products. I bought one packet seeds from there. I asked the recipe to my mother and made. Came out well. Let us see how to make
- Palakottai (Jack fruit seed) – 30
- Onion – 1
- Tomato – 1 small
- Garlic flakes – 6
- Ginger – ¼ inch
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- Sambar powder – 2 tsp
- Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
- Salt – as needed
- Oil – 2 tablsp
- Mustard – ¼ tsp
- Urad dal – ¼ tsp
- Cumin – ¼ tsp
- Curry leaf – 1 sprig
Cut palakottai in to half and remove the white skin. Cook palakottai with salt for one whistle. Drain the water and set aside. Chop onion, tomato, garlic and ginger finely. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard, urad dal and cumin seeds. When it crackle add curry leaf, garlic, ginger and onion one by one. Then add tomatoes and sauté for about few minutes. Add cooked palakottai, sambar powder, turmeric and salt(remember you add salt while cooking palakottai ) and sauté. Sprinkle little water and cover the pan with a lid and cook. When the water evaporates and the masala becomes dry you switch off the stove. Serve with rice.
Cook palakottai for one whistle or else it will become mushy.
Add spices according to your taste.
If you want you can add little garam masala powder too.