How to cut raw (unripe) jackfruit at home & store for making curry- step by step

Don’t you know how to cut jackfruit(raw/unripe) at home? Means don’t you know to cut jackfruit for making curry? Then this blog post is for you to make you know the easy way to cut raw green Jackfruit. Raw jackfruit or Echor(in Bengali) or Kachcha Kanthal(in Hindi) is a very healthy & tasty vegetable used to cook delicious recipes. However, Kanthal is mostly sold as a whole and many people do not know how to cut it. So they can not make it at home. Today I will show you, some simple steps to cut it easily & how to store it for 4-5 days. 

All the Bengali jackfruit recipes, like Echor er dalna, echorer kofta, echorer dal, and even echor er Dhoka very common in my mom’s kitchen. She easily cut raw jackfruit/echor in boti(not a knife). As then readymade cut echor would not be available in the market. So I learned to cut jackfruit from my mom. Though I cut it in boti & knife both. However, today I cut it with a knife for your convenience.

Tips to cut jackfruit (raw/unripe)

To cut a raw jackfruit, 3 things are required. 1. A sharp knife or boti, 2. Oil to grease your palms 3. Water

  • Without using a sharp knife or boti, jackfruit cutting & peeling would be difficult. 
  • Unripe Jackfruit has sticky sap, which sticks to the hands and cutting tool, not easy to remove. Even quickly oxidizes(turned black). So to protect your hands from the sap must use oil(mustard oil/any vegetable oil). However, don’t grease the cutting tools(means knife or boti) before cutting, may slip & make deep wounds in your hands. Clean the cutting tool by greasing it with oil after the cutting is done. Then clean it with kitchen tissue or old newspaper.
  • After cutting the jackfruit in half, wash it under running water to thoroughly clean up the sap. Then take a bowl of water, to keep the jackfruit pieces after cutting to prevent them from getting brown or black(due to oxidization).

Tips to store jackfruit (raw store-bought jackfruit cut into pieces)

Though except Kolkata, for the last few years, in Bangalore(HAL market), jackfruits are being cut(peeling & cutting into pieces) for selling. So people can directly cook it.

  • However, after taking it home, you need to thoroughly wash it 5-6 times under running water to clear off its sap. Otherwise while storing in the refrigerator jackfruit will itself soak the sap and get bitter after cooking. Totally spoil your effort in cooking the curry.
  • Always try to buy fresh cut jackfruit for the best taste.
  • Even after boiling the jackfruit must taste its water, if the water tastes bitter, only use the jackfruit in the curry, not that water.

Try this technique at home but do it carefully. Let me know your valuable feedback by writing it down in the comment section below.

How to cut jackfruit (raw/unripe) at home & store – step by step

Recipe by Moumita PaulCourse: CurryCuisine: Indian, Bengali, BangladeshDifficulty: Moderate
Servings

25

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Calories

300

kcal

Easy way to cut Jackfruit(raw/unripe ) at home for making the curry and way to store it for 4-5 days, described with simple step-by-step detail with pictures.

Ingredients

  • 1 raw/unripe Green jackfruit(3kg 200g)

  • 1 tbsp Oil(Mustard/ any vegetable oil)

  • Water(As required)

  • Cutting equipment for Jackfruit
  • A sharp Knife/ Boti

How to cut jackfruit

  • First, grease your palms with 1 tbsp oil (mustard oil or any vegetable oil) and take a sharp knife or boti (vegetable cutter in Bengali). 
  • Take the jackfruit, put it on news papercut it into halves, then again cut it half lengthwise
  • Wash it under running water to clean its sticky white sap. 
  • After cleaning all the saps. Cut each half into 3 cm thick slices, and peel out its skin with a sharp knife.
  • Afterward, remove the hard stem part that comes in the middle of the jackfruit. Then cut it into 3-4 square pieces. 
  • Put it into the water to prevent it from oxidization (turning brown or black in the air). 
  • Now raw jackfruit(echor/kachcha Kanthal) is ready to use in any recipe. 
  • How to store jackfruit
  • To store raw jackfruit, first, cut it into halves and completely remove the sap by cleaning it under running water or by taking water in a bowl.
  • Leave it for 1 hour to release the remaining sap.
  • Then again wash the sap away, and wipe out the water with tissue paper.
  • Afterward, first, wrap it up with paper(newspaper/kitchen tissue).
  • Afterward, wrap it in cling wrap or tie it in a polythene packet and keep it in the refrigerator’s vegetable basket for 4-5 days. Later cut it anytime when making the curry.
  • Even you can store the jackfruit(cut into pieces) in an airtight container or in a zip pouch for 1-2 days.
  • Even you may boil the jackfruit pieces and store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container((including the water if not bitter) for 1-2 days before making the curry.

Notes

  • I forgot to put newspaper before cutting the jackfruit, but you must put it to prevent the floor from jackfruit sap. That sap is very hard to clean later.
  • Cut it carefully to save your hands, especially your fingers.
  • However, the more days you store the jackfruit, it will lose its firmness and quickly get soft & mushy while making the curry.

Step-by-step instructions with pictures

How to cut Jackfruit (raw/unripe) at home

  • First, grease your palms with 1 tbsp oil (mustard oil or any vegetable oil) and take a sharp knife or boti (name of vegetable cutter in Bengali). 
Greasing palm with mustard oil before cutting the raw jackfruit
  • Take the jackfruit, put it on newspaper, and then cut it into halves.
Cut the jackfruit into half with a sharp knife
  • Then again cut the half lengthwise
Again cut it lengthwise
  • Wash it under running water to clean its sticky white sap. 
Cleaning the jackfruit sap under running water
  • After cleaning all the saps. Cut each half into 3 cm thick slices, and peel out its skin with a sharp knife (or boti).
Peeling out the jackfruit's skin
  • Afterward, remove the hard stem part that comes in the middle of the jackfruit. Then cut it into 3-4 square pieces. 
Cut the jackfruit's slices into square pieces
  • Put it into the water to prevent it from oxidization (turning brown or black in the air). 
Soaked the jackfruit pieces into water to prevent oxidisation
  • Now raw jackfruit(echor/kachcha Kanthal) is ready to use in any recipe. 

How to store jackfruit

  • To store raw jackfruit, first, cut it into halves and completely remove the sap by cleaning it under running water or by taking water in a bowl.
  • Leave it for 1 hour to release the remaining sap.
  • Then again wash the sap away, and wipe out the water with tissue paper. Afterward, first, wrap it up with a paper(newspaper/kitchen tissue).
Wrap the rest half jackfruit in paper
  • Afterward, wrap it in cling wrap or tie it in a polythene packet and keep it in the refrigerator’s vegetable basket for 4-5 days. Then cut it when making the curry.
Wrap it in cling wrap or polythene packet
  • Even you can store the jackfruit(cut it into pieces) in an airtight container or in a zip pouch for 1-2 days.
Store the pieces of jackfruit in an airtight container
  • Even you may boil the jackfruit(one whistle on high flame) & store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container(including the water if not bitter) for 1-2 days before making the curry.
boiled Jackfruit is ready for making curry

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