Thursday, September 12, 2013

Jackfruit Steamed Cakes

 Jackfruit Steamed  Cakes

Food Blogging Marathon from 2/9/2013 to 30/9/2013. Each day a new alphabet. 4 categories. 

Regional Food, 
Baked Dishes, 
International Flavors / Fusion flavors, 
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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)
To serve:
Coconut milk
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. 

This is my 4th in recipe in miscellaneous category.

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  1. Sandhya, this is such a beautiful recipe, never heard of this before..sounds very delicious and making it in MW is always such a convenience..will have to try it sometime..

  2. This is definitely very interesting and quite a delicious steamed cakes with jackfruit,thanks for sharing.

  3. Very interesting recipe! sounds very delicious as well.

  4. Such a traditional and authentic dish. Looks yummy!!

  5. fabulous jack fruit steamed cake :)very very trditional one nice learn from you dear !! thanks for sharing !!

  6. this is a new recipe for me, very well made

  7. have a treasure...learning new recipes..unheard ones from you.good going!

  8. This is so new to me. I have learnt 3 new jackfruit recipes today and loved all of them.This is so interesting!!

  9. Such an authentic recipe. Love to have it with coconut milk. Will try it for sure...

  10. Wow.. Very interesting dish.. being a jackfruit lover I'm sure gonna try this..

  11. Very interesting! Bookmarking this..will try when I get jackfrui next time!!

  12. Loved to learn about an authentic, traditional recipe. Sounds so flavorful.

  13. This is so new to me....very interesting...will try it some day

  14. That is such an interesting recipe! Seeing all the jackfruit recipes, I am missing that fruit even more...

  15. I love this one. Its so beautifully done. Thanks will tryit out next season.