Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Polos Curry (Sri Lankan Baby Jackfruit Curry)

Polos Curry (Sri Lankan Baby Jackfruit Curry)
Polos curry

Polos Curry or Polos Maluwa is a Sri Lankan spicy dish popular among most of people. Polos is the common Sri Lankan name for Baby Jackfruit. This is one of our favourites too. Polos Curry tastes good when cooked with a good amount of spices. Recently I could buy Polos & tried it at home.

Baby Jackfruit-Polos

In Sri Lanka, this is mostly cooked in low flame for few hours & in an earthen pot. It is more tasted if it is cooked few hours before the meal. For that, I found my Slow Cooker as the best option. I have tried few more Sri Lankan recipes in Slow Cooker. They all came out good.I will post them soon.

Polos Curry (Sri Lankan Baby Jackfruit Curry)

Below is the Polos Curry Recipe with an option of trying it in Slow Cooker.

Ingredients (1 medium sized polos is enough for about 5-6 servings)

1 no of Polos (Baby Jackfruit)

Spice powders

2-3 tbspn chili powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbspn  Sri Lankan Raw Curry Powder

Other ingredients
1 medium sized onion sliced
2-3 dried red chili
2 pieces of goraka (gamboge) or (replace with 1 tomato or tamarind paste 1 tspn)
3 cloves of garlic chopped
1'' piece cinnamon
2 cardamom
2 cloves
1 tspn mustard seeds
1 tsp fenugreek seeds
2-3 cups thick Coconut milk
salt to taste
Cooking oil
Curry leaves
Pandan leaves(Rampe)
Piece of lemon grass (Sera)

Dry roast the spice powders until golden brown.Keep aside.
Remove the skin of Polos. Cut in to pieces.Cutting of Polos is not an easy process.
Tip:Apply cooking oil into knife.Use a good amount of used news papers below the cutting board.(Easy to clean after the process :)  )

Mix roasted spices with polos pieces & keep aside.

Heat 2-3 tblspn of oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds once oil is hot. When mustard seeds are popping up, add onion, dried chili, garlic, Curry leaves, Pandan leaves(Rampe),Piece of lemon grass (Sera) into the mix. Also add cinnamon, cardamom & cloves.
When onions are tender, add the Polos into the pan & mix well.
Add thick coconut milk into the mix together with another 1 cup of water.
Add goraka or tamarind juice. Add about 1 tspn salt.Mix well.

After this step,

Method 1-Cook in same cooker

Cook Polos curry in very low flame for about 1 hour or until polos is cooked & gravy becomes thicker. Once Polos curry is ready, you can see oil is separated in the gravy.
Adjust salt.
Polos curry is ready to serve. However, this is more delicious if it allowed to rest for few hours before serving.

Note: Usually Sri Lankans like the reddish appearance of Polos Curry.To get this appearance,cook polos in very low flame for more hours.(at least 1-2 hours)

Method 2- In slow cooker

After mixing all as mentioned in under method above, transfer the ingredients into slow cooker & cook for about 5-6 hours or until Polos is well cooked.(in low settings)
Polos Curry-Sri Lankan Baby Jackfruit Curry in slow cooker

Adjust salt.
Polos curry is ready to serve.
Polos Curry-Sri Lankan Baby Jackfruit Curry

 This goes well with Sri Lankan Indi Appa (String Hoppers)

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  1. looks so yummy

    1. thanks Veena,this is one of our favourites....

  2. i just love it.. looks tempting..

    1. thanks,this is one of our favourites....

  3. Jack fruit is something I haven't tried cooking with yet. We make something similar in Kerala as well :) Looks great!

    Chef Al dente On going event: Street Food of India!

    1. thanks,hope you will try one day...only problem is peeling & cutting jackfruit :)

  4. Very interesting curry,quite new for me.

    1. thanks for your comment,this is very popular in Sri Lanka

  5. Awesome dish... reflects the country's long living tradition..:)

    1. yes Reva,Thanks for your comment...

  6. Sounds very delicious...Never tried curry with Jackfruit...Love to try this!!1Bookmarked!

  7. We used to eat this often during my childhood as we had a huge Jak tree in front of my parents home.Gone are the days....I miss this dish now.

  8. OMG looks yummy!
    Sounds great!
    would you like to follow each other?
    xoxo E

  9. Hi Amy, thanks for sharing. Great tips. Unfortunately i can't get hold of a fresh jack fruit in Vancouver, BC but am gonna try it with a canned one:)

  10. Hi Amy
    Thanks for sharing. Great tips. Unfortunately i can't get hold of a fresh jackfruit in Vancouver, BC but am gonna try it with a canned one.

    1. thanks for the comment,hope you'd try this and canned one will be helpful to taste a delicious polos curry....


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