101th post: Jack in the Box (Jackfruit Jam/Chakka Varati)

Well the story behind 101 is that I forgot to mention yesterday that it was my 100th post :)
A new chapter today with 101th post. The recipe I am rewriting today is my first post, Jack Fruit Jam. I made it to take it for a relative’s house in November for a Kid’s Birthday and took a picture of it. The next day I got a domain and started blogging!

When I made it last year, I used frozen jack fruit wedges. Last week when we were shopping in the Chinese food store, I saw this piece of fruit all wrapped and ready to go. I showed it to N and he almost shouted “Chakka”. Obviously we bought it home to eat the fruit and to make sweets with it. I was apprehensive at first as the banana flowers I got were bitter but the fruit turned out to be sweeter than usual.

In India, during the Summer Season, the streets will be filled with fruit vendors selling delicious varieties of Jackfruit, Mangoes, Cucumber and Coconut water.

I like the flesh of the jackfruit (separating the fruit from its shell is a time consuming task). When I got married, the name of the recipe used to make me laugh. In my language varatti is cow dung and chakka is the remains of vegetable. But in Kerala it means jack fruit jam and not what I thought it was. Lost in Translation :)


Jackfruit wedges- 1 cup
Powdered Jaggery(Unrefined Palm Sugar)- 1.5 cups
Water- 1 cup
Cardamom powder-1/2 tsp
Ghee(Clarified butter)- 1/4 cup


Pressure cook the jackfruit wedges till soft and discard the blackish water.

Mash the wedges into a pulp.

Measure the jaggery in such a way the ratio should be approximately 1 cup pulp: 1.5 cups jaggery.

Dissolve the jaggery in minimum amount of water and filter. Filtering is a must as the jaggery will have some fine dust.

Pour the jaggery in a thick bottomed pan and let it come to a boil. Add the jackfruit pulp and mix well. Reduce the heat to a minimum.

Keep stirring the mixture every 1-2 minutes and keep adding one tsp of ghee as you go along stirring.

After about 20-25 minutes, you can start seeing the thick consistency of jam. Ghee will start coming out of the thick mixture of the jam and it can be easily moulded into a ball as we stir it.

Switch off and let it cool. Store in a airtight container. This can be stored for up to 3 month in the fridge. This jam can also be made into Sweet puddings or stuffed into patties.

I am sending this Jam to Nithu’s Think Beyond the Usual Fruits Event.

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12 Comments to “101th post: Jack in the Box (Jackfruit Jam/Chakka Varati)”

  1. hey jackfruit jam..that looks so good and quite creative..

  2. Priya says:

    Woww sis, congrats on ur 101th post dear….Jackfruit jam looks fantastic and yummm!!

  3. Cham says:

    I always think of Chakkravarti! It is dam expensive this fruit here, Lovely recipe never tried before or even tasted one.
    Congrats for ur century and wish many more.
    My today post is not ready probably tomorrow, i guess :)

  4. Jagruti says:

    You know ruchi I never tasted jackfruit..I think it’s time that I should have it..jam looks yummy and lovely..

  5. Congrats on your 101th post. I have never tasted jackfruit jam but the look of it says, that it must be yummm:)

  6. Now Thats something really interesting and am sure no one must be knowing abt this too….such a unique one to come up with your 101 post…congraz sowjanya, so soon u completed so many and wish to see many more such dishes….really lovely and very delicious am sure…..

  7. Divya says:

    I am craving for some chakka varatti NOW!!!Looks so so delicious:):)

    Congrats on your fine achievement!!

  8. Cham says:

    I didn’t forgot ur event kanna, I am thinking what remedy now :)

  9. ruchikacook says:

    Thank you Ladies :)

  10. Joanne says:

    Happy 100th! that is SUCH an achievement. Most people don’t cook 100 different thigns in their lifetime.

    I’ve never had jackfruit before OR made my own jam. Great recipe.

  11. HEY KUDOS TO YOU!!!!!! I know u are feeling high!!!!! And that jack in the box would also make u feel so….. I love Jack too….. Who would not….. & all those goodies made out of him…… 😉 LOL!!!!! but very true……


  12. PJ says:

    congrats on 100, Sowjanya, and wishing you many more such :) jackfruit jam looks so delicious.. reminds me i should buy some jackfruit from the asian store soon.

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