Chakka Varatti | How to make Chakka Varatti

By Shiba Nair  |  16th Jul 2016  |  
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About Chakka Varatti Recipe

Chakka Varatti otherwise known as jackfruit preserve is a very very traditional & authentic sweet that is made in the homes in Kerala. "Chakka" means jackfruit & "Varatti" means cooking until the mixture becomes dry without any water content in it. This is usually made when jackfruits are seasonal & in abundance in each & every home. This is prepared & then stored for later use. It can used upto a year if preserved properly. It is made by deseeding the jackfruit bulbs & then cooked & puréed & mixed with jaggery syrup & ghee & cooked on a low flame till it becomes dry & forms a lump. It takes time to do it, so you need to be patient but it is really worth it. This recipe comes from my grandmother's kitchen. This is a very authentic way of preparing the varatti. I have seen my grandma cooking this on a big pot & stirring it gently adding generous amount of ghee. Later she distributes it to all the children & grand children.

The delicious and mouthwatering Chakka Varatti is enjoyed by all. This dish is often prepared for special occasions including parties or festivals. Chakka Varatti is a good option when you want to cook something different . It is an amazing dish which is liked by people of all age groups. The flavourful ingredients are the key to the amazing taste of Chakka Varatti. Shiba Nair shared Chakka Varatti recipe which can serve 6 people. The step by step process with pictures will help you learn how to make the delicious Chakka Varatti. Try this delicious Chakka Varatti recipe at home and surprise your family and friends. You can connect with the Shiba Nair of Chakka Varatti by commenting on the page. In case you have any questions around the ingredients or cooking process. The Chakka Varatti can also be given a rating. The "What's cooking" feature can be used to share your experience when you make Chakka Varatti with other users

Chakka Varatti

Ingredients to make Chakka Varatti

  • Jackfruit purée 3 cups
  • Powdered jaggery 3 cups
  • ghee 1/2 cup
  • cardamom powder 1/2 tsp

How to make Chakka Varatti

  1. De-seed the fruit bulbs of a nice & ripe jackfruit and cut them into very small pieces.
  2. Pressure cook the pieces with 1/3 cup water until the pieces turn soft.
  3. Let the cooked jackfruit pieces cool and then puree in a mixer.
  4. Heat a heavy bottomed pan & add the jaggery in it.
  5. Dissolve the jaggery in about 1/2 cup of water. Strain and remove the impurities and then pour the jaggery syrup back into the pan.
  6. Let the syrup boil on medium heat till it becomes a little thick(one string consistency).
  7. Now add the pureed jackfruit and cook on a low heat. Cook the puree till it becomes thick.
  8. Now adding ghee & continue to cook & stir every now & then to prevent the mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Keep adding ghee each time you feel the mixture is sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  9. Keep doing till all the ghee is over.
  10. Add cardamom powder & cook till the mixtures becomes thick & starts leaving the sides of the pan. It should form one big lump. This takes more than an hour.
  11. Turn off the flame once done. Once it's cooled, transfer into a sterilized air-tight container. It stays good upto a year.
  12. * This can be used to make chakka pradhaman, chakka ada & chakka appam or can be eaten as is :)

My Tip:

1. Make sure to cook on a low flame. Do not increase the flame at anytime during the cooking process. If you want the chakka varatti to be dark brown in color, then add the dark jaggery.

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