Preserving unripe Jackfruit flakes in brine is a traditional method in coastal Karnataka. During off-season, that is September to January, this is washed well as used as a vegetable for making curries. In local Tulu language of Dakshina Kannada district, this is called as Uppad Pachchil.
Gowda Saraswat Brahmins, nicknamed as GSB’s are very fond of this product. As such, this is available in lose in some shops in Mangalore and Karkala. Karkala town in Udupi district supplies this product in tons to GSB’s of Mumbai. Undlakalu, a spherical fried product made out of jackfruit flakes in brine is an ethnic product that is very popular.
Now a home industry from Udupi – Shwetha Home industries – of Perdoor near Manipal has introduced unripe Jackfruit flakes in brine in plastic packets. A 500 gram packet (excluding the weight of the salt solution) is priced at Rs 60. “Consumer response is very good. We would make more in the next season”, says Shripathy Aithal, owner of this home industry.
Contributed by Adike Patrike