Tuesday, 21 February 2012




     1)    Tender jackfruit chunks (minus peel and core – for tips on cutting up tender jackfruit, see my Kadgi talaasan recipe) – 400 gm.
     2)    Roasted rice powder or putte podi – 100 gm.
     3)    Hot red chili powder – 2 teaspoons
     4)    Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon
     5)    Asafoetida powder – 3 pinches
     6)    Garam masala powder – ¼ teaspoon
     7)    Powdered salt – 1 teaspoon
     8)    Any cooking oil – to deep-fry

To Cook:

          Put the tender jackfruit chunks into a pressure cooker. Pour in enough water to immerse the chunks completely. Set on high heat. As soon as you hear the first whistle, switch off the heat and let cool naturally to allow the chunks to cook to perfection.

          Once the steam has subsided, open the cooker, take out the chunks and drain off the stock. Put the chunks in a mixing bowl and mash nicely (press with the bottom of a stainless steel glass or tumbler if a masher is not available). Now sprinkle the chili powder, the turmeric powder, the asafoetida powder, the garam masala powder and the powdered salt. Mix thoroughly with your fingers. Now tip in the roasted rice powder and mix nicely again.

          Take a lime sized ball of the mixture and squeeze it, rolling it within your fingers to make the bullets. Set a wok on high heat. Pour in the cooking oil of your choice (around 200 ml. will do). As soon as the oil is hot (before it smokes, for the oil should never be overheated), gently slip in a few of the bullets, taking care not to overcrowd the wok. Stir frequently to fry all the sides evenly.

          Adjust the flame to maintain the oil at the right heat and fry the bullets till they are crisp all around. Lift out and drain off the excess oil and start frying the next batch.

          Serve hot. Kids who do not like to eat tender jackfruit will gobble up the spicy jackfruit bullets in no time! Meat lovers who are forced to go on a pure vegetarian diet can happily enjoy the meaty bullets. Crispy on the outside, yet soft and full of texture in the inside, these wholesome, healthy and nutritious bullets, you will love for sure.


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