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How to Make Sweet Jackfruit Idli

Updated on July 11, 2017
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Some Information About Jackfruit:

You can smell ripe jackfruit from far away because of its strong and pleasant aroma. It's big and has a prickly, needle-like outer skin. Inside, it has bulb-like pods. In a ripe jackfruit, the pods are fleshy, sweet, and tasty. Each bulb has a moderately big seed inside. People consume the bulb just like that or cook it with other ingredients.

Jackfruit is considered the best fruit substitute for meat, as it tastes and feels like meat when it is not ripe.

Jackfruit Idli
Jackfruit Idli
5 stars for Jackfruit Idli
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 12 min
Ready in: 32 min
Yields: 16 idlis
  • 3 cups ripe jackfruit pods, seed removed
  • 1/4 cup rice semolina, optional, soaked in water for 10 minutes
  • 3/4 cup wheat semolina
  • 1/4 cup jaggery, powdered
  • 1 cup coconut, grated
  • 1/4 tsp salt, to taste
  • 2 cardamom, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp ghee/butter, for greasing

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making Jackfruit Idli

  1. Remove seeds from the jackfruit pods.
  2. If you are using rice semolina, soak it in water for 10 minutes.
  3. Grease the idli stand/mould. Keep the steamer/cooker ready.
  4. Take jackfruit, grated coconut, and powdered jaggeryin a mixer or grinder. Grind to get a smooth paste. You can add very little water while grinding. Transfer it to a mixing bowl.
  5. Add strained rice semolina, wheat semolina, cardamom powder, and salt. Mix well. Check for the taste. Add jaggery powder and salt, if needed. Keep aside for 5 minutes.
  6. Heat the steamer or cooker. mix the batter once again. The batter should be as thick as lentil idli batter, or it should be neither too thick nor thin. Add water to bring it to the right consistency.
  7. Pour the batter into the greased moulds. Steam in a cooker/steamer for 12 minutes, without keeping cooker weight.
  8. Take the moulds out, keep for cooling. When they are still warm, remove them with a spoon. Eat them hot with a spoon of ghee on top. Enjoy the taste!

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Jackfruit podsIngredients kept readythe batterIdli moulds inside the cookerJackfruit idli
Jackfruit pods
Jackfruit pods
Ingredients kept ready
Ingredients kept ready
the batter
the batter
Idli moulds inside the cooker
Idli moulds inside the cooker
Jackfruit idli
Jackfruit idli

Important Note

  • If you desire, you can use only wheat semolina for the dish. Keep in mind that adding a small portion of rice semolina gives softness to the dumpling. The total quantity of the semolina should be same in both cases.
  • Adding salt is just for taste. If the jaggery is salty, no need to add salt to the batter.

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