Chakka Varathiyathu | Chakka Varatti | Jackfruit Halwa Recipe

 

Chakka Varathiyathu | Chakka Varatti | Jackfruit Halwa Recipe

Chakka Varatti or Varathiyathu, as known in malayalam, is a sweet dish of Kerala, also called Jackfruit Halwa. ‘Chakka‘ means Jackfruit and ‘Varathiyathu‘ means to cook till all the moisture is evaporated. In Kerala, people make this to preserve the ripe jackfruit, which is produced in abundance and to enjoy it the whole year, making different dishes out of it.

There are two types of jackfruit; one is ‘Koozha chakka‘ and another is ‘Varikya chakka‘ . Usually, we don’t like eating the ripe ‘koozha chakka, because of it’s texture. It’s way more fibrous and so we end up making lot of dishes out of it. This recipe also uses the same.


Chakka Varathiyathu | Chakka Varatti | Jackfruit Halwa Recipe

The original recipe calls for very few ingredients like ripe jackfruit, jaggery and ghee. In this recipe, I have added more ingredients to make it rich. Instead of chopping into small pieces, you can even grind it to a paste and prepare as usual. We usually prepare it in big batches in a heavy bottomed vessel called ‘Uruli’. So, try this and let me know, how it came out for you.

How to make Chakka varatti / chakka varathiyathu / Jackfruit halwa or preserve with step by step photos:

  1. Here I have used one whole small jackfruit. Oiled the knife which was used to cut and oiled my hands too.
  2. Deseed the ripe jackfruit bulb. Preserve the seeds. Its recipe will come soon. Chop it in pieces.
  3. Heat 4 tsp of ghee in a kadhai or thick bottomed vessel. Add the chopped ripe jackfruit. Keep mixing to avoid burning at bottom. Right pic shows how it looks after 15 minutes.

4. Keep mixing till the color changes to golden brown. Add grated jaggery. Alternatively you can make jaggery syrup. Add 1-2 tbsp of water to the said amount of jaggery and heat till it melts and turns to a syrup consistency. Filter and pour to the jackfruit. Mix well.

 

5. Add rava or rice flour and crushed cardamoms and mix well till combined. Keep mixing for almost 40-45 minutes. Time varies according to the quantity used. The quantity will reduce to a bit. At the end add crushed roasted almonds. Mix well. Turn off the flame. let it cool for some time.

Grease a square or rectangular baking tray with oil or ghee. Transfer the jackfruit mixture to the tray. Spread evenly and press it firm. Run over with a flat utensil to level it. Freeze it for 2-3 hours.

 

6. Unmould it and cut it in desired shapes. Refrigerate and eat as and when needed. Will stay fresh for an year.

 

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Chakka Varathiyathu / Chakka Varatti / Jackfruit Halwa or Preserve Recipe
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Deseed the ripe jackfruit bulb. Preserve the seeds. its recipe will come soon. Chop it in pieces.
  2. Heat 4 tsp of ghee in a kadhai or thick bottomed vessel. Add the chopped ripe jackfruit. Keep mixing to avoid burning at bottom. Right pic shows how it looks after 15 minutes.
  3. Keep mixing till the color changes to golden brown. Add grated jaggery. Alternatively you can make jaggery syrup. Add 1-2 tbsp of water to the said amount of jaggery and heat till it melts and turns to a syrup consistency. Filter and pour to the jackfruit. Mix well.
  4. Add rava or rice flour and crushed cardamoms and mix well till combined. Keep mixing for almost 40-45 minutes. Time varies according to the quantity used. The quantity will reduce to a bit.
  5. At the end add crushed roasted almonds. Mix well. Turn off the flame. let it cool for some time.
  6. Grease a square or rectangular baking tray with oil or ghee. Transfer the jackfruit mixture to the tray.
  7. Spread evenly and press it firm. Run over with a flat utensil to level it. Freeze it for 2-3 hours. 
  8. Unmould it and cut it in desired shapes. Refrigerate and eat as and when needed. Will stay fresh for an year.

 

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4 thoughts on “Chakka Varathiyathu | Chakka Varatti | Jackfruit Halwa Recipe”

  • HI,
    I am from bangalore. I am exploring this fruit only this year.. Haven’t known it before. I did not know there are two varieties. After reading your post, looks like i have got Koozha chakka.

    I will try the halwa but how can we differentiate Koozha chakka from the varika variety if i am buying the whole fruit. My kids love the varika one but i need to understand how to differentiate

    Thanks
    Sweeya

     
    • Unfortunately, you cannot differentiate a Koozha chakka from the Varika Chakka while buying a whole fruit from market. But, definitely you can try making this halwa if you end up getting a Koozha Chakka. I hope your kids like it. And I would be glad to know how it turned out for you. Keep coming!

       

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