“Chicken” Masala


  • 200 gm jackfruit (kathal) chopped into 1 inch pieces.
  • 4 tomatoes,
  • 1 onion
  • ½ tbsp kasoori methi
  • salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup cashew nuts, soaked for 4 hours


Drain the water from the cashews. Wash them well. pulse in a grinder with a little bit of water to form a thick smooth paste. Keep half the paste aside. Add salt and pepper to the other half, mix jackfruit pieces and cover. Leave aside for one hour to marinate.

Take 3 tomatoes, 1 onion and blend them. Take 1/5 cups of water in a wok/kadhai. When it heats up, add the tomato- onion paste to it, bring it to boil and lower the flame. Keep cooking, ensuring it does not burn. This will take about 20 – 25 minutes. You will know it is done when the paste is thick, the bottom of the kadhai is shiny and the paste is not at all sticking to it.

Steam the remaining tomato for 3 minutes and blend it. Add it to the cooked tomato onion gravy. Add the remaining cashew cream along with salt and pepper. Add water if required to make a thick gravy (same consistency as a tomato ketchup).

Roast the marinated jackfruit in the oven at 200 degrees C for approx 15 minutes, till the edges are slightly more browned than the rest. Add the jackfruit to the gravy and let it cook for 5-10 minutes. Add kasoori methi after 10 minutes and let all the flavors merge.

Serve with naan or kulcha.

Serves 1 – 2