Idichakka (Tender Jackfruit) Thoran

You would most likely find at least one Jackfruit tree in most homes in Kerala and when in season the fruit is used in various ways to make several interesting dishes, both sweet and savoury.
Idichakka thoran is one such popular dish in which tender, young, green jackfruit is cooked, then shredded and stir fried with coconut, garlic and some spices and is usually served as a side dish with rice.

560gms tender green jackfruit (I used 2 cans of tender jackfruit available in most Indian grocery stores)
1cup fresh grated coconut
2big cloves of garlic, grated
1 heaping tsp crushed cumin seeds
1/2tsp turmeric powder
1heaping tsp red chilli powder
1tbs oil
1tsp mustard seeds
1tbs urad dal
a big pinch of asafoetida/ hing
1 sprig curry leaves
2 dry red chillies
salt to taste

Clean the jackfruit and cut into small chunks. Add some water, salt and 1/4tsp of turmeric powder and pressure cook for 1 whistle or cook covered in a pan till soft.
Drain the remaining water. 
Shred the cooked jackfruit by pounding the pieces using a pestle or pulse in a food processor.
You can shred them finely or coarsely according to your preference (I like small pieces in my thoran).

Combine the coconut, garlic ,crushed cumin seeds, 1/4tsp turmeric powder and chilli powder.
Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds. When they begin to splutter add the urad dal. 
When golden add asafoetida, red chillies and curry leaves and fry for few seconds.
Add the coconut mixture and fry for about 2mins on low heat.
Add the shredded jackfruit and salt and mix well. Cover and cook on low heat for about 2-3mins.
Serve hot with rice.

Sending this to 'AFAM-Jackfruit' event hosted by Lakshmi of Taste of Mysore and initiated byMaheshwari of Beyond the Usual.


  1. Wow thoran looks delicious..simply superb..

  2. nice recipe with tender jack fruit.never tried with jackfruit...will try it out:)yummy entry for the event!!

  3. nice entry for the event..Never tried any recipe with jackfruit..i guess i can give this a try:)lookss yumm:)

  4. never knew about this preparation; sounds so good; unfortunately, i have to wait until i get back to india to prepare these, hmmm, until then bon apetit to you!!!

  5. I love idichakka. I can't find it in any grocery stores near where I live:( Waiting to go home to have all this.Yummo!

  6. Thanks Priya...

    Chitra do tell me how u like it if u make it....

    Hey Akal...I was a student at Alliance Francaise for a while, so Ive got some friends in France...they always compplain that its difficult to get indian stuff there??is that true??how do u manage??

    Where in the US are u Smitha??I never thought one would have a problem getting stuff in the US at least...after all half our population is here:)

  7. im soo going to buy idichakka the next time i go to the indian grocery store!! im seeing recipes about it everywhere that i just have to try it now!! :)

  8. Oh, i love this raw JF Thoran, looks so great in the first photo. I tried this dish and few others for RCI Kerala, and I am a fan of Kerala cuisine ever since! :))

  9. I guess I have visited and commented you before..But now only came to know that you are a Malayali..:)..I am one too..:)
    This is one of ma fav dishes..back home mom used to make it so much in season..made me so nostalgic..:)

  10. I've never tried jackfruit, but I'd like to. This looks delicious!

  11. Looks so good.I didn't know desi stores have these canned fruits,will look next time.


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