Monday, August 1, 2016

Jackfruit Halwa

Jackfruit is season is still on and is available plenty in the market. We can prepare many many dishes with jackfruits, raw or rip. Jackfruit payasam, curries, kadubu/idli, muluka/sweet fried fritters and dry curry, cake dose or guli appa and happala/Papad.
Here I have prepared Jackfruit Halva and is so yummy.

I have used jackfruits, some dry nuts, corn flakes and chenna/Hurikadale/pottu kadale/ putani and jaggery. Adding chenna and corn flakes helps the halva to turn thick and it adds a good taste too.
You can keep this halva for a long time.
Let us see some benefits eating Jackfuits. 
Jackfruit is rich in vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fiber and protein. It has no chalories.
It contain some amount of Viamin A. It rich in B complex vitamins and Vitamin C. It has a good source of antioxidants and helps to get good immunity. Fresh fruits are good source of minerals like potassium, magnesium, manganese and iron. Potassium in jackfruit helps to maintain the sodium level in our body. It helps to reduce high blood pressure. Jackfuit is a rich source of of dietery fiber that helps to improve the digestion and prevent constipation.
Lets see the recipe now.

Ingredients :

Jackfruits : 25 to 30 fruits.
Jaggery : 1/2 Kg.
Corn flakes : 1 Cup (optional). (Any brand)
Chenna/Hurikadale/Putani/Pottu kadale : 1 Cup
Nuts : 1 Small cup (any amount)
Milk Powder : 2 Tablespoons (Optional)
Ghee : 3 to 4 Tablespoons

Method :

1. Cut jackfruits into small and add it to jaggery. (It helps the jaggery to melt soon). (10minutes).
2. Grind jackfruits and jaggery without using water and remove it from the mixi jar.

3. Cut dry fruits into small pieces. (I used walnuts, cashews and almonds).
4. Dry grind cornflakes and chenna and keep it aside.

5. Keep a pan on the fire and put ground jackfruit mixture.
6. Stir continueously on low flame. Add cornflakes and chenna dry powder.

7. Stiriing should be done continuously. Jackfruit turns into thick paste.
8. It starts to leave the pan. Add milk powder and mix it well.

9. Stir for another 5 to 10 minutes. Add the ghee at this stage and mix it well again.

10. Spread little ghee on a plate or tray. Pour the jackfruit halva mixture on the tray.
11. Even/level it nicely by adding a teaspoon of ghee on the top and spread it with spatula.
12. Leave it for cooling. It should be cooled completely. Then cut into your desired shape.

13. It takes a longer time to harden. So better leave it for at least 5 to 6 hours and then cut into small pieces.
14. Store it in a steel box or container.

Note :

It takes longer time to get the thickness for halva. One should do it on a low flame. Or it is burnt and will not be tasty.
Use of milk powder is optional. Use of dry fruits also optional. More or Less.
Cutting the jackfruit into small pieces helps grinding them quickly.
Adding jaggery to jackfruits and allow them to melt helps grind it easily.
You can also boil jaggery and filter it. ( I used fresh savayava jaggery and did not clean it).
You should use proper amount of jaggery so that it helps to get the hardness in halva.
No need to use lots of ghee because ghee comes out of halva and so much ghee in halva does not taste good.
Do not hurry to try to do it on high flame, it may turn chewy.
Use of sugar instead of jaggery is optional. (2 Cups of sugar). Useing jaggery is a healthy option.
Time : 1 hour 
30 to 40 Pieces can be made. (According to the size).
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