Idichakka Thoran (tender Jackfruit Stirfry)
Idichakka is tender jackfruit and unlike usual jackfruit preparations, this one uses the seeds and flesh of the jackfruit together without any chopping. Since the seeds are tender when mashed after boiling, they disintegrate into shreds and resemble a fibrous texture. The taste of this jackfruit is very different from the mature raw jackfruit. And this jackfruit is called idichakka in Malayalam which means the jackfruit that is pounded or beaten. This is because traditionally this jackfruit was boiled and pounded using a mortar and pestle hence the term 'idi' or beat it up is associated with this jackfruit. We don't pound it these days so we boil and run it through a grinder coarsely. We also have this like a tea time snack though it is actually a curry. Since jackfruit is in abundance where we come from, people cook this jackfruit and have it in a saucer for tea.