Kathal-Kofta (Fried Jack-fruit balls in rich spicy gravy)

Kathal or Jack-fruit has been my favorite vegetable since my childhood days because during summers, my mom used to make fritters of jack-fruit that tasted just awesome. Still when she prepares them I am always first to take its first bite. I’ll also be sharing its recipe in my later posts but for now, it’s Kathal-Kofta.
Earlier its curry was not as favorite as it is now. But Kathal-Kofta is just out of the world that is always in favorites list.Kathal Kofta (Fried Jackfruit balls in rich spicy gravy)
It is made with baby or unripe Jack-fruit because unripe jackfruit is fleshy and soft that is best suited to make kofta balls while ripe jackfruit is a bit sweet and full of thick fibers and seeds. Here you’ll find their kofta balls resembling with meat balls. They not only resemble but also taste a bit similar to meat. That’s why Jack-fruit is also nicknamed as Tree Mutton. It can be used in culinary purposes of vegans as a good substitute for meat. Kathal Kofta (Fried Jackfruit balls in rich spicy gravy)
Unripe or medially ripe jack-fruit is suitable for curries, kofta, salads, pickle, chips while because of sweetness of extremely ripe jackfruits, they are used in various desserts like cakes, icecreams, custards,porridges etc. and because of native of south and south-east India(or Asia), even Idlis and dosas are also made with jack-fruit’s parts; though I have yet to try dosas and Idlis with it.
There are some interesting facts that I came across with that it is the national fruit of Bangladesh and it is the largest edible tree-borne fruit (maximum 36 kg) of  tree called Artocarpus(a genus of mulberry family). It is also an auspicious fruit of south India along with banana and mango. It’s leaves also used in wrapping foods for steaming.
This was all about Jack-fruit that is going to be the part and parcel of  Kathal Kofta. As I have already quoted; for Kofta, baby jack-fruit is best and it has provided kofta a sinfully scrumptious flavor. Tasting Kathal Kofta, it seems that baby jack-fruit is fated to get cooked as Kofta. It’s taste was super awesome that made me to say like that 🙂 . But there is no end to variations in recipe and forms of recipes with same ingredient, then that statement you may find unreal.Kathal Kofta (Fried Jackfruit balls in rich spicy gravy)
Well; in Kathal Kofta, mild meaty flavored balls are soaked in flavorful rich and thick gravy that tastes delicious and team up well with either rotis, naans or rice. I had puffy rotis ready to eat so I served with them. You ‘ll like it with rice equally. Let’s check out a flavorsome recipe for flavorsome dish.


Time Taken- 35-45 min
Category- Main-course (Curry)


For Kofta Balls
Baby or Raw Jack fruits (kathal)- 2 (250g each),
Green coriander- 1 handful (chopped)
Green chillies- 2 (chopped)
Onion-1 small (finely chopped)
Ginger- 1/2 inch (grated)
Gram flour/Chickpea flour- 3 heaped tbsp
Salt- to taste
Oil- For deep-frying
For Gravy-
Tomatoes- 3
Onion- 2
Above two in purée form (blend both together)
Onion-1 small (finely chopped)
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Ginger Paste- 1 tsp
Garlic Paste-2 tsp
Turmeric- 3/4tsp
Coriander Powder- 2 tsp
Red chilli Powder- 1 heaped tsp
Kashmiri Red chilli Powder- 1 tsp
Garam Masala- 3/4 tsp
Salt- to taste
Oil- 2 tbsp
Cream and Coriander- to garnish

Steps to follow-

Let’s start with making Kofta Balls first
1. First of all peel off the hard outer skin of jack-fruit (I must say, it is very exhausting part of cooking something with jack-fruit  As its skin is too hard, it would require more of your strength if your knife is not sharpened, so sharpen its edges and then go for it 🙂 ). Then after peeling, go for cutting it in pieces and boil them with a pinch of salt for 10 min under pressure or until tender.Kathal Kofta (Fried Jackfruit balls in rich spicy gravy)
2. Grind them coarsely (without adding water) and then mix all the ingredients of “For Kofta balls” in a bowl to form a pliable dough mixture.(I didn’t feel any need to add water, if you feel, you can)Kathal Kofta (Fried Jackfruit balls in rich spicy gravy)
3. Shape them into small balls (resembling like meat balls? 🙂 )Kathal Kofta (Fried Jackfruit balls in rich spicy gravy)
4. Deep fry them until they turn golden brown. Drain on an absorbent paper towel. Kathal Kofta (Fried Jackfruit balls in rich spicy gravy)
5. Gently mark few pricks on kofta balls with fork without deshaping it and put aside.
Now we’ll move ahead for making its gravy-
6. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a deep pan and put in cumin seeds to splutter.
7. Now add chopped onions and sauté until they just begin to brown.Kathal Kofta (Fried Jackfruit balls in rich spicy gravy)
8. Put in ginger paste & garlic paste and sauté for few seconds.Kathal Kofta (Fried Jackfruit balls in rich spicy gravy)
9. Now add tomatoes-onions purée followed by powdered spices (red chilli powder,coriander powder, turmeric, Kashmiri red chilli). Let it simmer for few minutes and stir occasionally.Kathal Kofta (Fried Jackfruit balls in rich spicy gravy)
10. When all the spices get cooked along with purée and spices-puree mixture acquires bright red color due to heating up, mix some salt and garam masala.Kathal Kofta (Fried Jackfruit balls in rich spicy gravy)
11. Pour in about 2 cups of water and let it boil.
12. When boil comes, mix fried kofta balls and leave it to simmer so that balls absorb all flavors and gravy thickens as desired.Kathal Kofta (Fried Jackfruit balls in rich spicy gravy)
13. Serve hot garnished with cream and coriander leaves. Enjoy with rotis or Pulav rice.Kathal Kofta (Fried Jackfruit balls in rich spicy gravy)Kathal Kofta (Fried Jackfruit balls in rich spicy gravy)
 I hope you liked this recipe, feel free to try it out. Enjoy its flavor and share with your family and friends.

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Chef Alzaid says:

    Simply AWESOME. Great job, such a pure plate of food you have created. Cheers.

    1. shobhnaa says:

      Thank you so much…. I am glad that you liked my efforts.
      Yeah it’s pure and simple yet very delicious, I enjoyed preparing it.

  2. asha says:

    Jack fruit is one of my favorites too..a kofta made of jack fruit should definitely lip smacking..great innovation…

    1. shobhnaa says:

      Thank you Asha for liking it…. really it is lip-smacking.
      I got to know about it after seeing your post about Chakka Payasam 🙂

  3. Preveena says:

    I generally jack fruit in its raw form, have not yet gotten to like it any other form. But these koftas mite just change my mind, they look delicious.

    1. shobhnaa says:

      Sorry I missed to read your earlier comment…. Thank you for liking it 🙂
      You like eating jack-fruit raw… I mean just like that? Well I never had a thought of having it raw :), that must be ripe jack-fruit that you like in raw form? isn’t it?
      Well unripe jack-fruit cooked in the form of curries, kofta or fritters also tastes nice. You can have a try of it, you’d like it. I am glad that this Kathal Kofta is proving mind-changing for you 🙂 I hope it succeeds 🙂

      1. Preveena says:

        Yes the ripe jackfruit. 🙂

    2. Mohd Bilal says:

      yes very sweet & Tasty

  4. soulofspice says:

    I love jackfruit!! You reminded me of a kathal dish I ate years ago from a coworkers lunch that was abs delicious. Do you have other kathal recipes that are not deep fried…

    1. shobhnaa says:

      Yeah food possesses the ability of creating nostalgia about some bygone moment uniquely associated with a particular dish/food.
      I have recipes of jack-fruit ready with me that are not deep fried but they have subtle use of oil like in stir fry curries and gravy-curries. While if you want recipes involving no use of oil then most of them are desserts like jackfruit halwa, jackfruit kheer, idli etc prepared with ripe jack-fruit. But these recipes may take some time to appear here.As soon as try one of them, I’ll upload here for sure.
      Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hoping you enjoy my blog every-time you visit here.

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