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Green Jackfruit (Kathal) Kofta

What's Cooking? by P.S. Lakshmi Rao

To make kofta
14.10 ounces frozen fresh tender green jackfruit or 400 grams or .88 lbs.
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
3/4 cup gram flour (besan)
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon ginger paste
1 green chili chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
Enough oil for deep frying koftas  (may be one cup depending on the size of the pan.)
1 tablespoons fresh chopped coriander leaves
4 medium ripe tomatoes
1 green chili
1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 medium chopped onion
1/8 teaspoon hing
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder(Kashmiri chili powder)
1/2 teaspoon tamarind paste(do not use black paste)
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar or jaggery (optional)
1 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander leaves

Thaw jack fruit pieces slightly and coarsely chop in a greased food processor. Cook chopped jack fruit with one cup water, 1/2 teaspoon salt and turmeric until it is soft. Drain and squeeze the water completely and let it cool.
Mix jack fruit, gram flour, cumin seeds, ginger paste, green chilies, coriander leaves and salt. Make small lime size balls. (About 36 or 40).Heat oil in a frying pan on medium low heat and fry them few at a time until they become light brown on all sides. Remove them onto a paper towel lined plate to absorb extra oil.
Blend tomatoes, green chili, ginger and salt in a blender. Keep it aside.
In a large saucepan heat oil on medium high. Add cumin seeds and fry them for 30 seconds. Add onions and fry until they are translucent. Add hing, turmeric, coriander powder and chili powder. Fry them for 30 seconds.
Add tomato, green chili paste. Fry until oil starts to come out on the edges.
Add tamarind juice, brown sugar or jaggery and 1 1/2 cups water. Mix.
Add fried koftas and mix gently being careful not to break koftas. Add some more water if the gravy is too thick. Cook until all the flavors are blended.
Transfer koftas into a serving dish and sprinkle fresh coriander on top.
Note: Chili powder and red pepper can be adjusted to taste.
Don’t cook jack fruit in a pressure cooker. If the kofta dough is too soft, add more gram flour.

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