Palakkai Masala / Raw jackfruit Masala
Palakkai (Raw jack fruit) Masala Chettinad / Palakkai Pirattal
Palakkai is a traditional  vegetable which is in use mostly in chettinad only.  It is known as baby jack fruit or raw jack fruit. Though it is used vastly in Kerala it is also much in use in chettinad especially in the marriage lunch. Palakkai masala is a traditional recipe in Chettinad cuisine.  Now a days it is being sold in big veg shops in Chennai also.  The most commonly prepared recipes are palakkai masala or pirattal, palakkai poriyal, palakkai kootu, Palakkai kurma or sodhi and palakkai kola urundai. We will see these recipes later.
Now let us see how to make Chettinad Palakkai masala or Pirattal
Palakkai Masala / Raw jackfruit Masala

Palakkai Masala Ingredients:
Palakkai        - 2 cups
Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
Small onion - 10
Tomato - 1
Garlic cloves - 10
Chilli powder - 2 tsp
Salt        - to taste
To temper;
Oil         - 2 tbl sp
Mustard          - ¼ tsp
Urad dal        - ¼ tsp
Fennel seeds - ¼ tsp
Pepper - ¼ tsp
Curry leaves - few
To grind
Coconut        - 4 tblsp
Cumin - ¼ tsp
Fennel seed - ¼ tsp
Cinnamon         - 1 inch
Palakkai Masala Method:
Grease the palm and knife with little oil. Cut the outer thorny skin of jack fruit. Chop it in to small cubes and put it in the water with little butter milk( to avoid turning black). Pressure cook Palakkai with salt and turmeric powder for one whistle.
Palakkai Masala / Raw jackfruit Masala

 Peel and cut onion, tomato and garlic cloves.  Heat oil in a frying pan, add mustard, urad dal, fennel, pepper and curry leaves when they crackle add onion, tomato and garlic and saute well.
Palakkai Masala / Raw jackfruit Masala

 Then add chilli powder and salt  for onion and tomato only (previously we add salt to Palakkai) and saute.
Palakkai Masala / Raw jackfruit Masala

Then add cooked Palakkai and ground paste and mix it well. Close the pan with a lid. After 5 minutes open the lid and stir well till the water evaporates.
Palakkai Masala / Raw jackfruit Masala

Serve hot with rice and any sambar of your choice.

Palakkai Masala / Raw jackfruit Masala

If you like spicy taste you can add ¼ tsp garam masala .
You can grind red chilli instead of red chilli powder (while grinding the coconut).
You can add one tsp fried gram( pottukadalai) while grinding.


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