Gluten-free Jackfruit Crumble or simply called as chakka puttu in Malayalam is one of the exotic breakfast dish from Kerala. Although we love chakka puttu, we don’t get to make it often since the jackfruit is seasonal. But since the fruit is big and will be in abundance during the season, we preserve it for later which also will not last long because of it’s irresistible taste.
‘Puttu’ is a kind of steamed cake usually served with some curry or banana. But the chakka puttu does not require any additional sides. When we steam the fruit with rice flour and coconut, the flavor and aroma of jackfruit infuse into the flour which makes this gluten-free jackfruit crumble exotic and compelling.
I have tried the jackfruit crumble with both preserved fruit and the fresh ones. Both tastes yummy but the chakka puttu made with fresh fruit is more flavorful.
Gluten-free Jackfruit Crumble – Chakka puttu
- 1 cup dry roasted rice flour / puttu flour
- ½ cup grated coconut
- Water, as required
- salt as needed
- 3 cups of chopped jackfruit, deseeded
To a wide mixing bowl, add rice flour, grated coconut and salt. Mix with your fingers by applying a little pressure. Then add water a little at a time and knead.
Continue adding water and mixing until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. To know whether the puttu mix is ready, take a small portion of the mixture in your palms and press gently. It will hold together in shape. And then when you press, it should crumble again.
Keep the mixture covered for 5 minutes.
Now add the chopped jackfruit into this mixture. Then mix with your hands or a spoon. Do not apply pressure. Do not squeeze the fruit. Mix gently just to cover the fruit with the flour mix.
Heat water in a vessel. Place the steam pan on top of the vessel. Spread the mixture in the steam pan.
Cover and let it steam for 10 minutes on medium flame.
Remove from heat. Serve when medium hot.
- Since we are using dry roasted flour, the quantity will double in size when mixed with water.
- If you add more water, it will be either watery or seems like a dough. More water makes the puttu hard.
- If you add less water, the puttu will be dry,
- Usually most Stores will have branded puttu flour or you can use homemade rice flour as well,
- Puttu flour will be coarse usually unlike the all purpose flour and wheat flour.
- There are different varieties of jackfruit. For making Jackfruit crumble, we usually use sweet ripe varikka chakka variety ( the fruit with firm flesh).
I was born and brought up in a place where there were lots of jackfruit while in season. We also used to make puttu often. But i was not aware of this dish, a delicious combination of jackfruit and puttu, until my marriage. So if you are like me, don’t miss this dish. Jackfruit season is back. This is a must try friends.
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