Jackfruit Steamed Cakes
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This is little known sweet snack. It is typically made where Jackfurit is in plenty and like by all. Jackfruit is a fruit which when ripe gives a sweet smell so strong that it is not like by many but in its raw or tender form the same fruit is used as a vegetables to make delicious curry/cutlets and a few other recipes. My aunt (my mother's sister) who lived in a small coastal town in Maharashtra's Konkan region used to make these as a treat for us, when we visited her during our summer holidays. It is made with the Barka or soft/juicy variety of Jackfruit. She used to steam in small vatis/katoris. With idlli steamers and idilli stands being available everywhere during late 1960s my mother started using these to make these treats in our home. These are called 'SANDANA' in Marathi.
1 cup ripe Jackfruit pulp (blend deseeded ripe jackfruit in a blender
with a little milk to get one cup pulp)
1/4 cup jagery or as needed
1/4 cup grated fresh coconut
1 cup rice rawa or regular rawa/sooji/semolina
1 pinch of nutmeg/jaiphal powder
1 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
Milk/water as required.
1/4 cup broken cashew pieces (optional)
Cardamom or nutmeg powder (optional)
Mix coconut milk and jagery together till jagery is dissolved. add cardamom or nutmeg powder if using.
Mix the jackfruit pulp and the rawa. Add about 2 cups of water or milk while stirring so the batter will be smooth. Add jagery grated coconut, nutmeg, salt and broken cashew pieces and stir to mix well. The batter should have the same consistency that of idili batter. Leave aside for 15 minutes. Now add the baking powder and mix well. Pour spoon full of the batter in the idili mold and steam like idlis for 15 to 20 minutes.
It can be done in Microwave oven too. I did mine in microwave for 3 minutes.
If you do not have idlli molds it can be steamed in a thali and cut into squares.
Serve hot or cold with coconut milk and ghee.
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