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{November 14, 2009}   Chakka Varati (Jack fruit Jam)

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Chakka Varatti is a kerela sweet and we can almost call it a desi version of jackfruit jam. Preparing this jam is easy as there is no need to keep paagu(sugar syrup) and check the consistency. This jam stores very well in the fridge/freezer and can be used or many other sweet preparations.

Ingredients:
Jackfruit wedges- 1 cup
Powdered Jaggery- 1.5 cups
Water- 1 cup
Cardamom powder-1/2 tsp
Ghee(Clarified butter)- 1/4 cup

Method:

Pressure cook the jackfruit wedges till soft and discard the blackish water.

Mash the wedges into a pulp.

Measure the jaggery in such a way the ratio should be approximately 1 cup pulp: 1.5 cups jaggery.

Dissolve the jaggery in minimum amount of water and filter.

Pour the jaggery in a thick bottomed pan and let it come to a boil. Add the jackfruit pulp and mix well. Reduce the heat to a minimum.

Keep stirring the mixture every 1-2 minutes and keep adding one tsp of ghee as you go along stirring.

After about 20-25 minutes, you can start seeing the thick consistency of jam. Ghee would start coming out of the thick mixture of the jam and it can be easily moulded into a ball as we stir it.

Switch off and let it cool. Store in a airtight container. This can be stored for upto 1 month in the fridge.

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