May 31, 2007

Enchorer Dalna (Green Jackfruit Curry) & Anniversary

Ahaar turned one yesterday! It was around this time last year that I started blogging to participate in JFI created by Indira, and to become a part of the food blogging community. In the past year, ahaar has become a part of our world. My brother wants me to cook for him the next time I visit India; my parents ask about ahaar and the recipes I'm blogging about and of course, offer their ideas and suggestions; I've blogged my mother-in-law's recipes when she visited us last year; Aswin now has his special corner; and our friends have their favorite recipes from ahaar!

Ahaar is a part of our daily lives. It's here that I've tried new recipes, created some of my own and cooked fellow bloggers' creations. Thank you everyone for being a part of ahaar and for your encouraging words!

To celebrate the anniversary (I feel we've come a full circle), here is a JFI entry - enchorer dalna or green jackfruit curry. How important is this occasion? I'm cooking enchor for the first time in the U.S. and eating it after many, many years. And it's the first time for Aswin. Thanks Bee and Jai for choosing jackfruit for JFI.

Enchorer dalna reminds me of hot summer afternoons when the shades are pulled on the windows, there's a constant hum of the cooler, and relatives visiting! During our summer vacations, when we would visit pishis (aunts), kakus (uncles), and thakuma (grandma) in Kolkata, one of the lunches would inevitably include enchorer dalna, taker dal (sour dal made with green mangoes), and aamer chatni (mango chutney)!

Ingredients: (serves 2-3)
1 can jackfruit slices - chopped
1 small onion - chopped finely
2/3 tspoon fresh ginger paste
2/3 tspoon fresh garlic paste
1-2 tomatoes - blanched and pureed
2 green chillies
1 red chilli
1 bay leaf
1 green cardamom
1-2 cloves
small stick of cinnamon
1/2 tspoon cumin seeds
pinch of turmeric
1/2 tspoon coriander powder
1/2 tspoon cumin seed powder
1/3 tspoon chilli powder
1/3 tspoon garam masala powder
1 tbspoon oil
Salt to taste
cilantro to garnish

Drain the jackfruit, wash it well and chop it into small pieces.
Heat the oil in a deep bottomed pan and temper it with cumin seeds, bay leaf and red and green chillies. When they stop sputtering add the cardamom, cinnamon and cloves.

Then add the onion and saute them till they start turning translucent. Add the garlic and ginger paste and saute for a couple of minutes. Then add the tomatoes and let it cook on medium heat with closed lid for 2-3 minutes till it mixes well together.

Add the coriander, cumin, chilli powder and turmeric to the mix and let it cook till it all mixes well together. To this add the jackfruit pieces and let it mix well with the spice mixture. Add salt and 1/2 cup water and let it cook on medium heat for 8-10 minutes till the jackfruit is cooked and the water quantity has reduced. You can adjust the water amount based on your need.

Add the garam masala and let it cook for another minute and take it off the heat. Sprinkle chopped cilantro and serve with rice.

We had ours with curd rice and a glass of cold Rooh-Afza. It was delicious. This is going to Jai and Bee's JFI for Jackfruit.


  1. thank you, mandira, for your great entry. i'm glad you were able to taste jackfruit again after a long time.

    anniversary greetings to ahaar.

  2. Anniversary greetings to Ahaar :) Nice recipe :)

  3. Happy anniversary!!!! That looks good! :)

  4. Happy Anniversary, Mandira! May there be many more!

  5. Happy aniversary Mandira! The JF looks curry looks good nice touch to it of the masala!

  6. Happy blog birthday Gorgeous! For me the most wonderful thing about Ahaar is you and finding you through it. I have found an incredible new friend in you and I cherish our friendship. Hope that it develops more in the coming year! Hugs!!

  7. Congratulations on turning one. What a year! I have learned so many things from your writings.

    Happy anniversary Mandira and Aswin!

  8. happy blog anniversay mandira and ashwin... wishing u many more to come:)

  9. Best wishes, Mandira and Aswin! Wishing you many more culinary adventures!

    Have a lovely weekend,

  10. Mandira, Congratulations! It has been fun being able to participate in Ahaar's journey. Best Wishes!

    Enchorer Dalna, looks tasty. Who knew they were so many curries that could be made with Jackfruit and that too all over India.

  11. happy anniv! good going, mandira :)

  12. Mandira,
    Your blog is great. Happy Blog Birthday and keep up the good work !

  13. Congratulations on your first blog anniversary,hugs:))
    JF dish looks wonderful,I can't wait for the round up,so I can save the WHOLE thing!:))

  14. Happy Anniversary. I love your Ahaar. Ahaar and Mahanadi were among the first blogs I visited and was inspired to Food Blog.
    Enchorer Dalna looks good

  15. Anniversary Wishes for Ahaar ! Is that flower from your garden ? beautiful one... :D
    JF curry is a new recipe for me.. will have to try this.

  16. Anonymous10:04 AM

    Great going guys, congrats :) !

  17. Hey, Congrats Mandira! Keep on going!

  18. Happy Anniversary To Ahaar and good luck for your future as Cook For Ahaar!! Its a good recipe

  19. Mandira, Congrats...! What you feel inside was reflected quite well through your words :)


  20. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

  21. Wishing "Ahaar" a wonderful blog birthday, and many many more good times ahead!

  22. Hay this is a great recipe for JFI...Very YUM looking...

  23. Congratulations on your blog anniversary Mandira!

  24. Congratulations on the one year anniversary. One is a long time in blog years!

  25. Congratulations Mandira! Happy Birthday to Ahaar... :) this is an amazing milestone... One year sounds too long... :). The JF curry looks great!

  26. Congratulations on your blog-anniversary, Mandira! I always enjoy visiting here and always learn something new! Jackfruit curry looks great and with all those different spices, bet it's exploding with great taste. BTW the Thai dish looks delish, too.

    And I'm green with envy over your garden :)

    Wishing you many more blog pleasures to come!

  27. Congratulations on the first anniversary. It is a remarkable time to be blogging. After a year and still going strong shows a dedication and passion that should be admired.

    Keep doing what you're doing. I love coming here to eat and chat :)

  28. I never tried jackfruit curry, mom always keep the seeds and deep fry them and as for the flesh, we cut them into strips and make a tapioca pearl sweet coconut dessert with some yams, gotta try this sometime, thanks :)

  29. Thank you everybody for your best wishes. It has been wonderful to be a part of this vibrant food blogging community.

    Bee - thanks Bee for hosting JFI jackfruit, this was truly special.

    Archana, Coffee, Sra, Roopa - thanks. Jackfruit is usually cooked similar to chicken/mutton using the same masala and it tastes great!

    Thanks Meeta! I'm so glad to have found a great friend through blogging. I hope to continue our friendship for many years...ok many, many years :)

    Indira - you and mahanandi have inspired so many of us. It means a lot to have you here on this special occasion.

    Sia, Trupti - thanks. Here's to another great year. Before I realised, a year had flown by!

    ISG - yes, finding so many different recipes has been great. It's like a treasure hunt... I'm waiting for the roundup!

    Richa, deccanheffalump, thanks. I am looking forward to another year.

  30. Asha - Thanks, it feels great share it with everyone. I agree, finding the jackfruit recipes is like a finding the treasure cave for aladin. ;) I'm looking forward to the recipes too.

    Sandeepa- thank you. I am so glad that I contributed in some way towards Bong Mom's cookbook. I cannot imagine what it would have been without you. I would not have found all these great recipes :)

    Pravs thanks, yes the flower is from my small garden. It brightens up the entire porch.

    Thanks Ramya.

    Inji, Meena, Shn, SJ, Nupur, Sukanya, Suganya thank you, it means a lot to have shared the journey with all of you.

    Kalyn, Sig thanks. I feel the year just flew by and on the other hand, it feels like forever!

    Linda thanks. Enchor (green jackfruit) is also called vegetarian meat in Bengali, because it tastes similar. The Thai curry was delicious too.

    Cynthia-thanks. Having such wonderful blog buddies makes it one of my favorite activities.

    Melting wok the dessert sounds delicious. Do you have the recipe on your blog?

  31. I see so many jackfruit recipes i blogs Mandira.. glad to learn a lot from fellow bloggers. Happy Anniversary and the recipe looks good.

  32. hearty congrats on turning one!
    you ought to bring out AHAAR-the-Recipe-Book soon!

    take care

  33. happy anniversary on your one year completion. great achievement. BTW nice one for JFI, looks awesome.

  34. Anonymous9:07 PM

    Happy Blogiversary! Many hugs and warm wishes your way, I can't wait to see what you post in the coming year. If this delicious curry is any indication, it's going to be exciting! :)

    Ari (Baking and Books)

  35. dear Mandira,
    congrats for alovely one year of blogging , onek din por net korchi hopefully I can convey my feelings to you although the occasion has passed way beyond ,khub bhalo laglo , keep up the good work ..
    Its always a new thing for me coming here ..
    hugs and smiles

  36. Thanks Prema. I also found so many new recipes for jackfruit through JFI.

    RK thanks, you're too kind. Maybe some day we will have a print version of ahaar!

    Sharmi Thanks. The year just flew by.

    Thanks Ari. I'm looking forward to another wonderful year of blogging and learning new things from fellow bloggers.

    Jaya toke dekhe khub bhalo laglo. Thank you for your wishes. It means a lot!

  37. This recipe brought back so many memories! Where do you buy kathal/jackfruit in the US?

    Awesome pictures...I'm beginning to appreciate how difficult it is to photograph food only now as I try it myself.


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