Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Chakka varatti/Jackfruit preserve

"Chakka" in Malayalam means Jackfruit and "varatti" means to cook by continuously stirring until the water in it goes.Chakka varatti is a  traditional recipe in kerala. As jackfruit is a seasonal fruit and it grows in abundance in kerala people store them for future use by preparing this varatti. It has a long shelf life if prepared properly. This is prepared in a heavy bottomed vessel known as Uruli and it requires lot of muscles to stir...;)...
No No...I dint make it...Infact I got it without any pain...Mom made it for me and had packed it too...My hubby and airport employees helped me to get it to US..I enjoyed eating spoon full of these(still continuing) and made some recipes with it...
So here is the recipe from Amma...

Method of Preparation:
1. Clean and deseed the jackfruit(Varikkyachakka),Cut to pieces and pressure cook it for 2 whistle.(Add 1/2 cup water if u feel that the fruit has less water,like it has thin flesh).Open once pressure goes.
2. If water is there then dry it by heating with the cooker lid open.
3. Once cooled grind it to smooth paste in mixer.
4. Heat jaggery along with 1/2 cup water to form syrup.Strain the syrup for impurities and keep aside.
5. Now heat a thick bottemed vessel(usually uruli, but anything wud do) and add 2 tbsp ghee, add the jackfruit paste to it along with the jaggery syrup and cook on medium heat , stirring continuously.Keep on adding ghee in between see that varatti doesn't stick to the bottom of vessel.
6. Once it forms thick try aplying thin layer of the varatti at the bottom of uruli with laddle.Continue this along with stirring.See that the varatti doesn't stick at the bottom.Once it starts to come from the edges stop cooking.
7. Cool and preserve in bharani/glass jar.

1. If you feel that you need more sweetness after completing the cooking, just add the jaggery syrup/cubes along with ghee(Step 5 & 6).
2. Whole cooking process to make chakka varatti can be done in 2 or 3 days.
3. 500 gms of ghee is completely needed for above process.Add more if needed.
4. Thick bottomed vessel should be used to make it.
5. The end product will be thick and in rollable  form.
Linking this to Serve it series-Serve it -Preserved @ Krithi's Kitchen and Denny's Space


  1. wow..delicious,vayil vellam varunnnu,mom used to make this..Love it!!

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  2. A traditional preparation.. maybe I'll try it some day because I like jack fruit a lot.
    Lol.. we don't have patience like our moms.

  3. Omg, chakka varatti looks seriously addictive and irresistible,salivating here.

  4. Would love to have that bowl,instead of making it! ;)

    Authentic recipe..I doubt people in overseas can do it! :)

  5. Adorable color... never tasted this.. wish you could send this to serve it preserved event happening at our space..
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  6. very delicious one...u have done it perfectly!
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  7. chakka varatti ente favorite annu.

  8. Wow..thanks for this recipe. The preserve looks classic.

  9. Ithundakkanel chillara menakedonnum alla...Pavam ammamar...My all time fav..Chumma ingane kori kori thinnan endha oru rasam..Looks perfect.

  10. Yummy , Looks delicious


  11. I too love having chakka varatii as such...have a packet of varatti which I got from kerala.

    Nice recipe.

  12. Sooo yummyyyy.....love it...

  13. nice traditional recipe, Thanks for sharing

  14. that looks so tempting..i love this... i make this but with sugar instead of jaggery.

  15. hi reshmi, wow ! i love this, bookmarked. we in malaysia also have this kind of cooking technique, but not with jack fruit. but some other fruit. thanks and have a nice day

  16. I love this... my fav... great effort..
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  17. Its in my to do list since long time,bookmarked dear...

  18. very interesting recipe and a great preserve..a must try..

  19. hey dear...this is something very new to me :-)never heard from my mom-in-law too :-)definitely a must try!!! bookmarked !!!

  20. Reshmi ...sharikkum kothippichu........yummy

  21. Wish I could get a slice of the jack fruit here. Loads of them in India at this time of the year. The chukka varatti looks awesome.

  22. looks so yummy, nice post dear :)

  23. You have been tempting me with all your recent posts.Chakka varatti looks so good and lucky you,you got it without lifting a finger.I envy you.

  24. Looks so tempting....I just had jackfruit yest still I am tempting seeing ur preserve :) Nice recipe too

  25. just awesome and ur blog is fabulous... first time visiting ur space.. now i am also ur follower :)


  26. wow very new one to me... but love to try it out...

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  27. ആശംസകള്‍....... ബ്ലോഗില്‍ പുതിയ പോസ്റ്റ്‌....... സ്നേഹമഴ ........ വായിക്കണേ................

  28. now i am going to prepare this,highly excited .


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