Chakka avial / Tender jackfruit with coconut

Chakka avial is a savory dish made with tender or unripe jackfruit. This preparation is from  Granny’s recipes, its usually made often during chakka sesaon esp with the ones that come after rain which won’t be sweet when ripe. Chakka aviyal is a slightly tart, coconut flavored dish. Goes well with spicy fish curryrice or rice gruel. My rainy day late brunch 🙂

Frozen Jackfruit

Fresh Pacha chakka chula / Raw( not ripe) jackfruit pods – 20 – 25 (cleaned)
Chakka kuru / Jackfruit seed – 10 ( thick white &brown skin removed and cleaned )
Raw mango -1/4 to 1/2 (depending on its tartness) skin removed

To crush very coarsely:
Coconut – 1&1/2 cups or slightly more
Garlic – 2-3 small flakes
Green chili – 2 or more (Use thondan mulakku for best results)
Jeerakam / Cumin- 1 small pinch
Chili powder- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/4 to 1/2 tsp
*(do not add water while grinding if the mixee blade does not move add only few tsps of water)

To season:
Curryleaves-a few
Coconut oil -1 tbsp

Cut the mango &,jackfruit into lengthwise pieces  (if its too thin it will mash  up fast) and seeds into two or three.
Pour 1/2 -1 glass water and begin by cooking  the jackfruit seeds (as it takes longer to cook) add jackfruit and mango pieces (cut into slices as seen in pic)when this is around 80-90% cookedand all the water has almost evaporated spread the coconut masala ground on top or in the middle by making a well in the center of veggies do not just stir cover and cook for last five minutes.Make sure the jackfruit and seeds are cooked well then switch off flame. Now open and stir gently so coconut crushed coats evenly then pour the coconut oil and curry leaves mix once level top and keep it covered until served.
Serve chakka avial along with Kerala matta rice , spicy & tangy curries , fish fry etc..or just plain rice gruel and some hot lemon pickle.

Make sure not to stir too much or over cook the veggies once they mash up it will become one big lump.
I have used frozen jackfruit and frozen cooked jackfruit seeds.Both #Dailydelight brand. Look for it fresh frozen veg section in Indian store.

Other jackfruit recipes I posted recently:
Chakka varattiyathu / Jackfruit preserve
Chakka Pradhaman / Jackfruit dessert

Hope you like it.


  1. Dear…..ividae nalla chakka kittilla…… but ee pics kandittu kothiyayittu vattavunnu….. 🙂

  2. I love jackfruit sis..Yours pictures are fantabulous.I do curry with the whole raw jacfruit including the flesh.

  3. I remember having this long time back,but haven't given this a try yet..must have tasted scrumptious with choodu choru,tangy curry and pickle..orkumbozhe vayyil vellam varunnu 😉

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