Bhuna Kathal Masala (Jackfruit Masala)

Servings: 2
Cuisine: Indian
Course: Main Course
Time: 40 minutes
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Raw jackfruit or kathal coated with aromatic Indian spices. A Punjabi style preparation of the superfood that is high in protein and fiber. Try out this simple yet delicious vegetarian dish.


  • 250 gms raw jackfruit or kathal
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2-3 chopped green chillies
  • 2 medium tomatoes finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp cumin powder (jeera)
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder (dhania)
  • 1 tbsp amchoor (dry mango powder)
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • Oil for deep frying


  • To begin, cut the raw jackfruit into bite sized pieces. You can also frozen jackfruit. Boil it in water with a teaspoon of salt until tender. Or pressure cook it for one whistle. Drain well and deep aside.
  • Heat oil for deep frying. Deep fry the jackfruit pieces until golden. Remove and keep aside.
  • To prepare the masala, heat 3 tbsp of oil in a pan. You can use the same oil you fried the jackfruit in.
  • Add in the finely chopped onions and cook until translucent.
  • Add in ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute. Add in the chopped green chillies and saute some more
  • Add in the finely chopped tomatoes and mix well. Add in ½ tsp salt so that the tomatoes cook faster.
  • When the tomatoes are cooked and you can see oil appearing on the edges, add in the dry masalas – cumin powder (jeera), coriander powder (dhania), amchoor or dry mango powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder, and turmeric powder(haldi). Mix well and add a bit of water so that masalas do not burn. Saute for a minute or two until you can see oil appearing on the edges again.
  • Add in the fried jackfruit pieces and mix until well coated. Add a bit of water. Cover with a lid and cook for a few minutes so that the jackfruit soaks in the masala.
  • Adjust the gravy as needed. I prefer the semi-dry version. Check the salt and add more if required.
  • To finish, add the garam masala and mix well.
  • The Bhuna Kathal Masala is ready to serve. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.



  • Raw jackfruit is extremely sticky. Be sure to oil your hands well before cutting into it.

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