Dry Chilli Jackfruit

Jackfruit is an exotic fruit grown in tropical regions of the world. Jackfruit has a spiky outer skin and is green (unripe) or yellow (ripe) in color. One unique aspect of jackfruit is its unusually large size and also this is the largest tree fruit in the world. This makes an excellent meat alternative in vegetarian and vegan recipes due to its texture, which is comparable to shredded meat. Particular season of jackfruit is during the summer. The consumed part of jackfruit is the flesh and the seed which are edible both when ripe and unripe. It can be used for sweet as well as savory dishes. Also jackfruits are high in nutrients and antioxidants and have a number of health benefits including improved blood sugar control, reduced the risk of heart disease, reduced the risk of viral infections etc.

Among all the varieties of dishes prepared using jackfruits, today I have come up with an Indo-Chinese version of Jackfruits as Dry Chilli Jackfruits. This is almost similar to any Indo-Chinese chilli recipe, prepared with raw jackfruit pieces. I have prepared this chilli variation as a dry one without any gravy. The key ingredient here is the shallow fried jackfruit pieces. These can be deep fried too 😉 But before shallow frying, first the raw jackfruit pieces are cooked a bit till soft, coated with a batter which is neither thin nor thick consistency and then shallow fried. 

Then the fried jackfruits are tossed in a sauce consisting of finely chopped ginger, finely chopped garlic, soy sauce, tomato sauce, chili sauce, sugar, onion and capsicum cubes. The whole dish overall gives a sweet and spicy flavor. This dry chilli jackfruit can be served as a starter or appetizer. Also this tastes ideal when served along with fried rice or noodles or plain roti too. So do try this dry chilli jackfruits and give your valuable feedback either in the comment box below or tag me as #firsttimercook on Instagram. Lets go in details.

Preparation Time : 15 mins  |  Cooking Time : 25 mins

Ingredients :        



Jack fruit (chopped and deseed)

2 cup

Maida (all purpose flour)

4 tbsp

Corn flour

2 tbsp

Ginger garlic paste

¼ tsp

Onion (1 inch cube)

½ cup

Capsicum (1 inch cube)

¼ cup

Green chili

2 no

Garlic (finely chopped)

1 tsp

Ginger (finely chopped)

½ tsp

Spring onion (chopped)

2 tbsp

Red chili powder

¼ tsp

Black pepper powder

¼ tsp

Tomato sauce

2 tbsp

Chili sauce

1 tsp

Soy sauce

1 tbsp


¼ tsp


As needed


As needed


As needed

Method :

  1. First in a deep non-stick pan, heat enough water. 
  2. Add the chopped jack fruit, salt and cook over medium heat for 12-15 minutes or till jack fruit pieces turn a bit soft. Do not over cook, the pieces should cook till soft.
  3. Drain the water using a strainer and transfer the jack fruits into a plate. Keep aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl take maida, corn flour, ginger-garlic paste, red chili powder and salt.
  5. Add water and make a smooth lump free batter which will be neither thick nor thin consistency.
  6. Add jackfruit pieces and mix gently so that these are coated well with the batter. Keep aside for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Now in a pan heat oil and shallow fry these coated jackfruit pieces tossing in between.
  8. Fry till the jackfruits turn golden and crisp. 
  9. Transfer to a plate and keep aside.
  10. Now into the same pan, add oil and turn on heat.
  11. Add the finely chopped garlic and saute for a few seconds.
  12. Add the finely chopped ginger and saute on high for a few more seconds.
  13. Next add onion cubes, capsicum cubes and stir fry for 2-3 minutes over high heat.
  14. Then add shallow fried jackfruit pieces and mix everything well.
  15. Now add tomato sauce, chili sauce, soy sauce, pepper powder, sugar and salt.
  16. Saute over high heat till everything incorporated well.
  17. Sprinkle some chopped spring onions and give a quick mix.
  18. Turn off heat and serve hot along with roti or fried rice or noodles !

Notes :

  • Do not over cook the raw jackfruit pieces, the pieces should cook till soft.

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  1. Wow .. looks nice and spicy . I have actually never tried cooking jackfruit.

  2. I am drooling. Dry chilli jackfruit looks super tempting. I can feel the taste. Lovely share.

  3. Wow. love the new avatar of jackfruit

  4. Fabulous idea, Sasmita. A great way to introduce jackfruit curries to people who have never tasted raw jackfruit.

  5. Looks so delicious and tempting, great treat for vegetarians and even non-vegetarians alike.

  6. I like jackfruit and making it an Indo-Chinese dish is a wonderful idea.

  7. JollyHomemadeRecipes

    Wow! I love jackfruit..the dish sounds not only great, but this is looking very delicious Sasmita.

  8. I always have a couple of cans of jackfruit in my pantry; must try this delicious dish soon!! Awesome dear 🙂 🙂

  9. That's very interesting! It does look like shredded meat actually. I've never seen jackfruit in my city, wonder what the raw fruit really taste like?

  10. Being a south indian, 2 fruits that dominate my kitchen scene during summers are mangoes and jackfruits and thank god for these, one can just survive on them and not get dehydrated or lose energy. Love your version of turning the jackfruits into a spicy chinese treat. Usually kathal or jackfruit is always made into a sabzi or a gravy dish. Great share.

  11. I love jackfruit recipes…I can finish this bowl of spicy chilli jackfruit in no time…I can imagine the taste…Delicious share!!

  12. I have never tasted jackfruit, but since I am seeing so may recipes on the blogs, I'm tempted. Bowl of chilli jackfruit sounds delicious!

  13. It's a new recipe for me. Something I could try. Lovely share👍

  14. Bookmarking. Now I wish I can source raw jackfruit as we have started getting the ripe ones here. I love it.

  15. cookingwithsapana

    Wow jackfruit chilli, sounds like an interesting idea. Must have tasted as good as any other paneer or non veg chilli.

  16. Chinese way of Jack fruit? Mind blowing…the chili looks delicious and served as in restaurants

  17. Looks lip smacking. didn't know when can make an indo chinese dish out of it. quite an innovative recipe

  18. preethi'scuisine

    Chilli jackfruit sounds amazing Sasmita.The pics are so tempting that i can have a bowl of chilli jackfruit right away.

  19. An amazing delicious looking dish. I'm not a fan of jackfruit, but I would definitely enjoy this dish. Looks so crunchy.

  20. Sasmita this recipe is so innovative! I love it! Never had jackfruit Chinese style before. Your photos are tempting m e to make it soon.

  21. I've only ever had jackfruit once at a Sri Lankan restaurant. But now this looks so good I definitely plan on trying it soon.

  22. Dry chilli jackfruit sound very innovative and super tempting recipe. Never thought of using jackfruit in this way, really liked this one. Surely will try this yummy recipe..

  23. These look so delicious and a unique take with jack fruit. I love jackfruits but never tried it this way.

  24. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    Wos sashmita, that is really an exotic chinese dish!! sounds very interesting and definitely delicious!!!

  25. Never made jackfruit in Chinese style. sounds good to try.

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