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Sep 13, 2013

Chakka Pradhaman /Jackfruit Payasam

Chakka Pradhaman is a traditional Payasam (pudding) of Kerala, India. The main ingredients of Chakka Pradhaman are Jack fruit and jaggery. Chakka varatti/jack fruit jam or jack fruit pulps cooked in coconut milk and then sweetened with jaggery.
I wanted to prepare this Pradhaman with fresh jack fruit  , but I could not find any ripe jack fruit in Indian store, so I used canned jack fruit for this Payasam.

Ingredients
Canned jack fruit                  2 tins
Jaggery                               1 1/2 cups (use it according to your sweet preference)
Low fat Coconut milk tin       1 ½ tin 
Dry ginger powder(Chukku)  1 tsp.
Coconut pieces                     ¼ cup
Fresh Cardamom   powder     1 tsp.
Ghee                                  2 tbsp.

Method

  • Cut the jack fruit into small pieces. Shallow fry the pieces into 1 teaspoon of ghee.
  • Cook it with thin coconut milk(Mix 1/2 tin coconut milk with 1/2 cup water)  around 15 minutes or till they became soft. When the jack fruit is fully cooked, slightly mashed it using  a potato masher.
  • Meanwhile make jaggery syrup, adding ¼ cup of water to the jaggery and cook it in a low flame. When the jaggery is fully melted and strains it to remove dust particles.
  • Add the jaggery syrup to the cooked jack fruit and cook till all water is evaporated.
  • Now add the ½ tin of coconut milk diluted with very little water and let it come to nice boil. Add dry ginger powder & cardamon powder in it.Reduce the stove heat to very low
  • When it reaches thick consistency, add the thick coconut milk and mix it and bring to boil and remove from fire.
  • Heat ghee in a pan and fry coconut slices till they become light brown in color and to the Pradhaman.
  • Finally pour 1 tbsp. of ghee in to Pradhaman
  • Chakka Pradhaman is ready to serve hot or cold anyway you like it. 

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