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Easy Jackfruit Seed Curry

If you happen to get your hands on a jackfruit, please don’t throw the seeds away. Instead, wash, boil and peel them and then use them in this hearty and filling Easy Jackfruit Seed Curry.

Hearty Jackfruit Seed Spinach Curry

To me, this year seemed to start off with more jackfruit sightings than any other.

My social media accounts were filled with posts and videos about my friends’ run-ins with the delicious pods and incredibly sticky flesh and ominous seeds of the humble jackfruit.

Jackfruit Seeds

Now, while jackfruit might not be a popular or easily available fruit here in America, it was plentiful in Sri Lanka, where I grew up.

If you haven’t ever come face to face with a jackfruit – it can be a bit intimidating.

It’s HUGE – with some weighing in at 80 lbs!

Jackfruit is a tad bit spiky.

And, some people say the ripened ones have a rather odd odor.

Now, I might have olfactory issues, but, I tend to think their aroma is kinda intoxicating!

When I was younger, I seemed to eat jackfruit all the time. There was young (unripened) jackfruit curry, jackfruit chips, and even jackfruit ice cream! My mom would even make a mean roasted jackfruit seed dry curry.

Jackfruit Seed Curry is so tasty - its sure to be a favorite with family and friends.

But, after I moved away from Sri Lanka to countries where jackfruit was less popular, I kinda forgot about it. Outta sight outta mind – right?!

Well, recently I happened on a some cut up chunks of ripe jackfruit at the Dekalb Farmers Market and brought some home so my daughter could get her first taste of it.

Easy Jackfruit Seed Curry IN A BOWL

We cut the sweet pods out and enjoyed some of them plain and some of them in this Mango and Jackfruit Shake I shared on Facebook.

When all we had left were the jackfruit seeds, I figured I’d attempt to make them into a jackfruit seed curry.

What are the ingredients needed?

You only need the following 9 ingredients along with some oil and some salt and pepper:

  1. onion,
  2. garlic,
  3. ginger,
  4. water,
  5. tomato paste,
  6. coconut milk,
  7. garam masala,
  8. jackfruit seeds,
  9. fresh spinach,

How to cook jackfruit seeds?

Place the jackfruit seeds in a pan, add enough water into the pan to cover the jackfruit seeds.

Place the pan over high heat and bring to a boil.

Lower heat to medium and simmer for 25-30 minutes.

Remove from heat.

Let the jackfruit seeds cool, and when they are cool enough to handle, pat them dry and slowly peel off the outer white covering.

The peeling of the jackfruit seeds is a labor-intensive process so I convinced my daughter to help.

Then I simply added in a plethora of spices along with garlic, onions, ginger, tomato paste, coconut milk and spinach and crossed my fingers and hoped it would be edible.

When it was done, my daughter and I dug in, and I gotta say, while this jackfruit seed curry doesn’t taste like my mom’s, it sure was delicious and hearty! We enjoyed this curry over a couple of days with rice and roti.

I am hoping if you happen to pick up a jackfruit, you save those seeds and hopefully give this Easy Jackfruit Seed Curry a try. But, if you cannot get your hands on some fresh jackfruit seeds, I’ve started seeing frozen jackfruit seeds pop

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Jackfruit Seed Curry

Easy Jackfruit Seed Curry

4.48 from 68 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Shashi
If you happen to get your hands on a jackfruit, please don’t throw the seeds away. Instead, wash, boil and peel them and then use them in this hearty and filling Easy Jackfruit Seed Curry.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic diced
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 1/2 cups jackfruit seeds
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place the jackfruit seeds in a pan, add enough water into the pan to cover the jackfruit seeds. Place the pan over high heat and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium and simmer for 25-30 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Let the jackfruit seeds cool, and when they are cool enough to handle, pat them dry and slowly peel off the outer white covering. Peeling the seeds is a bit tedious, but, worth it.
  • Then, add the olive oil to a pan and add the onion to it. Let onion saute for about 10 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add in the garlic, ginger, peeled jackfruit seeds, water, tomato paste, and garam masala and mix well and let simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes, over medium / low heat.
  • Then add in the coconut milk and spinach, and gently stir until spinach is wilted.
  • Season with salt and pepper and remove from the stovetop.
  • Enjoy this Jackfruit Seed Curry with rice, naan, chapati or some Sri Lankan roti.

Notes

*While this is an easy curry to make, boiling and peeling the jackfruit seeds is a bit of a labor intensive process.
**But, boiled jackfruit seeds are so buttery and delicious. They can be enjoyed plain or you can use them in a curry like this one.

Nutrition

Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.7g | Protein: 3.5g | Saturated Fat: 3.5g | Sodium: 22mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2.8g
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28 Comments

  1. I’ve never seen a jackfruit before and wouldn’t even know what it tastes like, but I’m sure that if you say that it’s really good, then it is 🙂 And this girl absolutely LOVES curry so bring it on! Gotta love that spice! I bet these smells amazing as it good and I’d want extra sauce to dunk to naan into to soak all that deliciousness up! Now, next time I’m at the grocery, I’ll have to keep an eye out for! Have a wonderful week, Shashi! XOXO

  2. Jack fruit is one of my favorite fruits and loved eating it whilst in Asia. I have never tried cooking the seeds before… very interesting. Do they get tender? Your curry looks delicious with all of the spices!

  3. I’ve seen jackfruit all over the interwebs, but I’ve never seen it in the grocery store or eaten it before! BUT, it’s definitely on my list! I’m one of those people who will eagerly try anything new! Loving this curry, Shashi! It looks packed with flavor and super delicious! Now I just gotta find me some jackfruit….. 😉 Cheers, friend! XO

  4. I would love to come and taste this curry Shashi!

    I think its the only way I’ll ever to be able to taste jackfruit as I’ve never seen it before.

    Next time I go travelling in Africa, I’ll see if I can spot it! I’m not sure if they’ll have it there? But I’m on a mission now!

  5. So jackfruit is definitely a new one on my radar, Shashi! But I love that you can use the flesh for one recipe and then the seeds for another. Talk about using every bit of the fruit! So your comment about the smell of jackfruit reminds me about Laura’s stories of the durian. I just googled it, and it looks like the durian and jackfruit are similar, but not the same. Either way, I’ll have to keep an eye out at our local Asian market for jackfruit…and I’ll keep my nose pinched closed the whole time. haha! Thanks so sharing this yummy curry idea, my friend!

  6. Well, I’m not really familiar with jackfruit, and I also belong to the category considering its flavor to be a little…peculiar:) But I do love this curry idea. I woud have never thought these seeds are edible – nice one!

  7. It was really a mouth watering recipe, thank u so much fr sharing this. thanks fr the photos of recipe it really makes mouth water after looking at these pics and it induced me to prepare this dish.

  8. It was really a mouth watering recipe, thank u so much fr sharing this. thanks fr the photos of recipe it really makes mouth water after looking at these pics and it induced me to prepare this dish.

  9. I have been looking for a way to use the jackfruit seeds I stored, and this was delicious! I added some lemon juice after plating it, to make it more mouth watering. Definitely a recipe to save!!

  10. Curry is nice but jackfruit seeds don’t add much. Would have been better with the seeds cut up and chicken added in, maybe two cups of spinach. Seeds could have been roasted instead of boiled to make peeling easier.

  11. i made this today and it was absolutely heavenly. my dad, who dislikes jackfruit seeds, LOVED this! i added a teaspoon of cumin powder to this, and made sure to bloom all the spices in the oil – it really sends it through the roof. i will definitely be making this again, thanks for the recipe!

  12. Delicious recipe. Doubled it. Layered the flavors a bit more by frying the garlic, ginger and tomato paste before adding the rest of the ingredients. Also let it simmer a bit longer than suggested. Next time I’ll add salt when I add the water and seeds rather than seasoning at the end. Loved it. Served it with spiced rice with peas. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Feels great to use all the parts of the jackfruit.

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