Chakka Varatti (Jackfruit Halwa) Recipe By Preetha

As South Indian New Year is around the corner India Food Network brings you a mouthwatering South Indian dessert recipe Chakka Varatti by Chef Preetha Srinivasan in Dakshin Curry only on India Food Network. Chakkavaratty, Chakka Varattiyathu, Chakka Varatti, Jackfruit Preserves or Jackfruit Halwa is a type of dessert made from jackfruit. The seeds are removed from the fruit and it is cut into small pieces. The fruit is then cooked with ghee and jaggery; it eventually reaches a paste or jam-like consistency.

Chakka Varatti (Jackfruit Halwa) Recipe By Preetha


1. In a pan add some water and place a steel plate over it.

2. On the steel plate, add ripe jackfruit and cover it with a lid.

3. Steam it for around 10-12 mins.

4. Switch off the gas and let it cool for some time.

5. Once it's cool take the jackfruit pieces and puree it into a pulp.

6. Add jaggery to a pan along with some water and let it dissolve.

7. Pour in the jackfruit pulp. Stir and let it dissolve with the jaggery.

8. Add few spoons of ghee and again stir for some time.

9. To give flavours, add ginger powder, cardamom powder (optional) and cashew nuts.

10. Stir and cook till it achieves a thick sticky consistency like a halwa.

Preetha Srinivasan

Preetha Srinivasan

Preetha�s endeavour is to promote south Indian cuisine through her YouTube channel, Dakshin Curry. She absolutely loves curry leaves, and can fit them happily into in any recipe. For those of you who curse the poor thing, dry roast and powder them or use them in your dishes and enjoy the health benefits she says.

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