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Easy Jackfruit Curry

Canned jackfruit is the star of this delicious and easy Jackfruit Curry. Pair this quick, nutritious, plant-based jackfruit curry with some roti and rice for a tasty and quick meal option.

Bowl with Delicious jackfruit curry in creamy vegan curry sauce.

*This post was first published on June 18th, 2020. It has been updated and is being republished today.

Canned jackfruit is often used to mimic pork in vegan barbeque dishes. But, I love using it in curries like this.

Suspended in a deliciously thick and spiced tomato sauce, I love the taste and texture of canned jackfruit in a dish like this.

As with most of the curries you will find here, this is an easy one. You should be able to find all the ingredients for it at your local grocery store or Amazon, if you prefer.

And, as with most of the other curries on here – this jackfruit curry is quite versatile. If you don’t want to use jackfruit and sub in another veggie or meat, go ahead. If you’d like to leave the beans out, that’s perfectly fine as well.

What are the ingredients to make this jackfruit curry?

You need the following 12 ingredients:

  1. yellow onion
  2. garlic
  3. fresh ginger
  4. tomato paste
  5. coriander
  6. cumin
  7. smoked paprika
  8. turmeric
  9. can kidney beans
  10. can fire roasted tomatoes
  11. can jackfruit)
  12. water

And, parsley or cilantro and chili flakes to garnish (optional).

Ingredients to make jackfruit curry

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been wrestling with some inner turmoil. At first, I tried to ignore it, hoping it would go away. But it kept on eating at me.

Well, yesterday I had had enough. I was so tired. I was done. Yesterday I gave up the fight.

And I gotta say, y’all, it’s EXHAUSTING trying to fight a vicious craving for chocolate cake!

I tried to use the fact that I was on a baking slump to talk myself out of the craving. But yesterday I saw this chocolate cake tower on Instagram and I was done!

pan with creamy vegan curry sauce for jackfruit curry

So, yesterday, I went home during my lunch break, armed with a recipe from the interwebs, and baked a mini chocolate cake! My daughter has been avoiding eggs so I made sure it was a vegan one.

When I got home after my day job, I frosted it, and after a quick after-dinner walk around our neighborhood, my daughter and I decided to enjoy a slice.

And, y’all, this baking slump is insane!

Somehow I managed to mess up the recipe I found that had over 50-5 star reviews!

How???

I’m totally baffled!!!
Especially seeing I had a delicious ruby port to pair it with…

adding jackfruit and beans to creamy vegan curry sauce for jackfruit curry

All I gotta say is thank God for canned jackfruit and canned beans that I managed to turn into a delicious and easy jackfruit curry. At least my curry game is still strong!

No, this curry didn’t squelch my chocolate cake craving, but, when that cake slice had to be tossed (yes it was inedible) seconds of this curry were quite satisfying.

In the summer months, most Farmer’s markets (and sometimes even Kroger stores) around Atlanta have a good supply of fresh and deliriously delicious jackfruit. And, during that time, my daughter and I grab us some fresh jackfruit and enjoy treats like this mango jackfruit smoothie.

But, during the rest of the year, I use canned jackfruit to make recipes like this curry and these tacos.

plate with easy jackfruit curry and onion coconut roti
How do you cook canned jackfruit?

I used canned jackfruit to make this flavor-packed curry.
I drained the liquid out of the canned jackfruit. Rinsed the jackfruit chunks and let them dry off on a paper towel until completely dry and then I added the chunks of jackfruit into this curry.

Can you overcook jackfruit?

Jackfruit cooks very fast. So, make sure you keep an eye on it while cooking. If cooked too long it will breakdown and turn mushy.

How to make a quick, healthy, plant-based jackfruit curry?

By the way, if you are wondering, the creamy texture of this curry is not because of coconut milk or any other milk.
After I had sautéed the onions, ginger, and garlic, I used an immersion blender to blend all the ingredients together until creamy. No immersion blender ~ no problem. Just add the ingredients to a blender along with some canned fire-roasted tomatoes. The creamy texture of this curry is a result of the blending of the onions, ginger, garlic, and fire-roasted tomatoes.
After that, it was just adding in some spices, jackfruit, and, beans and voila! Dinner was done!

What to pair with this curry?

My daughter made some coconut roti to go with this jackfruit curry, while I made some onion roti to go with it.

plate with easy jackfruit curry and onion coconut roti

Easy Jackfruit Curry

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Canned jackfruit is the star of this lusciously creamy yet easy Jackfruit Curry. Quick, delicious, and nutritious, this vegan jackfruit curry had us licking our plates!

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 (15 oz) can kidney beans
  • 1 (15 oz) can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 (20 oz) cab jackfruit)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parsley or cilantro and chili flakes to garnish

Instructions

Peel and roughly chop the onion, garlic, and ginger. You don't have to cut these very fine as we will be blending them later.

Add oil and onion to a pan and place it on a stove-top over medium heat.

Saute onion for about 10 minutes, stirring often. Then add in the garlic and ginger and saute another 5 minutes or so.

Add in the turmeric, coriander, cumin, and smoked paprika as well as the water, tomato paste and fire roasted tomatoes (along with the liquid-don't drain any of it) and stir well.

Then, either place all the ingredients in a blender and pulse until all ingredients are well blended and creamy. Or, use an immersion blender and blend until creamy.

Then rinse the jackfruit and the beans and add to the creamy curry.

Season with salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with parsley or cilantro and chili flakes.

Enjoy with rice, roti, or onion roti.

Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 187Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 0mgSodium 139mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 6gSugar 4gProtein 6g

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Neil

Monday 22nd of June 2020

I didn't realise you could get jackfruit in a can Shashi. Although even then I'm not sure I can get that here in the UK, but I shall have a look because this curry looks amazing! Hope you guys are well and staying safe!

David @ Spiced

Friday 19th of June 2020

Oh no! The baking woes continue. I'm thinking you need to just come on up here, and I'll make you a cake. :-) So I've certainly heard about jackfruit, and I've seen it in stores once or twice (not nearly as often as you with the Dekalb Farmers Market...ugh). However, I've never cooked anything with jackfruit. This curry sounds easy and delicious! And I bet it went well with that port. You can't waste a good port!!

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