Both my dad and Raj’s dad LOVE jackfruit and would list it as one of their favourite fruits. Thus, Raj and I both grew up eating this fruit and we love it too. To me, this sweet and fleshy fruit tastes like something between a mango and a lychee. While my family would devour the tasty flesh of this fruit and toss away the seeds, Raj’s family would save the seeds and make delicious dishes with them. With jackfruit season upon us, I thought I would share one of Raj’s mom’s delicious jackfruit seed recipes.
Recently, my parents bought some beautifully ripe jackfruit for Raj and his parents. When his mom told me she was going to save the seeds and cook with them, I was skeptical at first, because the seeds tasted so bitter and unpleasant in their raw state. However, when she cooked them in a simple stir-fry, they tasted delicious (similar to a cooked potato)! Not only are these seeds edible and tasty when cooked, but they are also a good source of vegan protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, minerals, and some B vitamins! I will never toss out the seeds from a jackfruit again! Here is Raj’s mom’s simple stir-fry recipe for jackfruit seeds (sorry for the lack of precise measurements, but like many mothers who cook a lot, Raj’s mom usually just “eyeballs” her measurements and goes by taste)…
Raj’s Mom’s “Do-NOT-Throw-Away-The-Jackfruit-Seeds” Stir-Fry
- 1 cup fresh jackfruit seeds, each one cut in half
- water to boil the jackfruit seeds
- 1/2 cup frozen “Chinese potato” pieces (found in Indian grocery stores)
- 1 medium red onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- chili powder to taste
- salt to taste
- few cilantro leaves for garnish (optional)
- Boil the fresh jackfruit seeds for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Then, drain and set them aside.
- In a pan on medium high heat, sauté the diced red onion with coconut oil until the onion pieces turn slightly brown and caramelize a bit.
- Add the halved jackfruit seeds and “Chinese potato” pieces into the pan and sauté them until everything is heated through.
- Add chili powder and salt to taste.
- Transfer stir-fry to a serving dish and serve immediately or garnish with a few cilantro leaves just before serving. Enjoy!
The next time you eat jackfruit, I hope you save the seeds and try cooking with them! They are so delicious and nutritious!