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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.

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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

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

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.

Now, I boiled and peeled the outer shell of the seeds like I remembered my mom doing. 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…

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Jackfruit Seed Curry

Easy Jackfruit Seed Curry

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

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.


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Then, add the olive oil to a pan and add the onion to it. Let onion saute for about 10 minutes, stirring often.
  4. 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.
  5. Then add in the coconut milk and spinach, and gently stir until spinach is wilted.
  6. Season with salt and pepper and remove from the stovetop.
  7. Enjoy this Jackfruit Seed Curry with rice, naan, chapati or some Sri Lankan roti.


*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 Information
Yield 6
Amount Per Serving Calories 135Saturated Fat 3.5gSodium 22mgCarbohydrates 6.7gFiber 2gSugar 2.8gProtein 3.5g

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Bess Green

Saturday 11th of July 2020

It worked!

Anthony Allen

Sunday 4th of August 2019

I love jackfruit and your way of making curry with all that masala is so delicious...

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Anthony Allen

Friday 16th of November 2018

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.