Kacha Kathaler Echor (Jackfruit Echor)

    This is a "must" meal prepared by almost all Bengalis and Bangladeshis during the summer season when jackfruit or "kacha kathal" is just out in the market. It is spicy and the jackfruit and its seeds taste soft and crunchy. Serve with plain white rice.


    Dhaka, Bangladesh
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    • 500 g of jackfruit
    • 1.5 cups of soybean oil
    • 1.5 cups of onion slices
    • 1 tablespoon of ginger paste
    • 1 tablespoon of garlic paste
    • 2 tablespoons of onion paste
    • 3/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin powder
    • 3/4 teaspoon of red chili powder
    • 1-4 bay leaves
    • Salt as needed
    • Water as needed
    • 1 cup of shrimps (medium sized)
    • 5-6 dried red chilies
    • 1/2 of a capsicum cut into thin slices (if preferred for decoration)


    1. Ingredient snapshot of the spices: garlic paste, cumin, red chili and turmeric powders, salt, ginger paste, bay leaf, dried red chilies, onion paste, onion slices and shrimps.
    2. Ingredient snapshot: jackfruit slices and soybean oil.
    3. Cut the jackfruit in half, and then cut in small portions. Peel off the skin.
    4. Cut the portions into small rectangular or cube shapes so that the seeds are covered with the jackfruit flesh. Wash the slices and drain the water.
    5. Heat a saucepan with 1 tablespoon of soybean oil. Fry around 3 tablespoons of the onion slices until they turn crispy golden brown. Transfer these fried onions on to a separate plate.
    6. Add the rest of the oil and onion slices. Fry just slightly. Add the ginger, garlic and onion pastes. Sprinkle the turmeric, cumin and red chili powders, bay leaves and salt. Pour in 1/2 cup of water.
    7. Cook until the water dries up to form gravy and the oil starts to float on top.
    8. Now add the shrimps and dried red chilies and cook until the water released from the shrimps dry up a bit and the oil starts to simmer on top.
    9. Add the jackfruit slices and mix.
    10. Cook until the water released from the jackfruit slices dry up and the oil again starts to simmer on top.
    11. Pour in 4 cups of water and put the lid on. Cook for 30 minutes until the water dries up quite a bit.
    12. Check if the jackfruit slices have softened and cooked. Also taste for salt, adjust accordingly.
    13. Sprinkle the fried onions and capsicum all over and serve.

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