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Jackfruit Coconut Curry – Instant Pot Option

Green jackfruit coconut curry is creamy and meaty wholesome curry full of warm and aromatic Indian spices. This amazingly flavorful, cozy weeknight dinner curry uses simple pantry ingredients.

If you are someone who loves a good curry, then you must try our favorite Rajma Masala , Dal Makhani and Aloo Matar aka Potato and Peas Curry. They are full of flavor and wholesome family friendly dinner curries.

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This Indian inspired curry recipe is

  • Easy
  • Full of bold flavors
  • Vegan,
  • Soy-free,
  • Gluten-free and
  • Grain-free.

I am including Instant Pot and stove top instructions to make this easy family dinner recipe that everyone will love.

This curry is one of my favorite Indian dishes because it truly warms your heart and belly from the inside out. Leftovers also taste the BEST since the flavors really develop and marry over time. Thus, this is the kind of dish I could eat on repeat and never tire of.

A hand holding a bowl of rice, curry, pickle and salad dinner.

Jackfruit Curry / Kathal Ki Subzi

Jackfruit is called Kathal in Hindi. It is a famous curry in costal areas of India where tall and big Jack fruit trees are dotted everywhere. It is popularly called as Kathal ki Subji , Masala Kathal or Kathal Curry which can be made as dry Turmeric Cabbage Stir-fry like dish as well as gravy type curry.

In this recipe, I show you to make a curry where young green jackfruit and potato cubes are simmered in a coconut milk based cream sauce along with warm and aromatic Indian spices.

This easy curry makes a hearty filling meal full of bright and vibrant flavors. It stores well so you can use it healthy meal prep too.

A white bowl full of turmeric jackfruit curry made in Instant Pot.

Serving Suggestions

Serve it over rice, quinoa, millet or other grain of your choice for a wholesome meal.

Sopping up the curry sauce with bread is so satisfying. You can pair it with typical Indian flatbreads like roti, naan, paratha. Even pita bread works well. Add a side of carrot ginger pickle, Green Chili Pickle or a Potato Salad for a complete square meal.

Serve it over bed of greens, along with other cut up veggies like cucumbers, radishes and carrots for a blissful Buddha bowl.

A dinner serving with curry, rice, pickle and salad along with glass of water.

Pro tips

  1. Use the best quality garam masala. Adding Amazon Affiliate links (disclaimer below) in case you want to buy it – My favorite Garam Masala
  2. Store the garam masala in the refrigerator instead of pantry. It keeps it fresh longer.
  3. If using jackfruit in the brine, make sure to rinse and dry it well. It absorbs a lot of liquid so unless you properly press and dry it, curry will get watery.
  4. Cut the potatoes in equal bite size pieces. It helps even cooking.

Golden yellow creamy curry full of healthy ingredients.

Green Unripe Jackfruit vs Yellow Ripe Jackfruit

Green jackfruit ( also called young jackfruit) is used as a vegetable while ripe jackfruit is eaten as a fruit.

Both of these versions are available in canned version in most Asian grocery stores, online on Amazon, specialty or natural foods stores, Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods.

For this recipe, we need Green Jackfruit.  I often buy a bunch of cans at Trader Joe’s grocery haul and store them in pantry. They have stable and long shelf life.

Canned jackfruit is pre-cut into these little triangles, and you can easily shred them apart using your fingers or a fork.

Preparing the jackfruit to make the curry.

Jackfruit – Great Meat Substitute

Green Jackfruit makes a great shredded meat substitute. It is a classic vegan riff especially on shredded chicken or pork recipes. Jackfruit similar to Cauliflower can take on pretty much any savory seasoning very well.

Ingredients :

Unripe Jack Fruit and Potatoes : I am using canned jack fruit shredded. Also using small cubed potatoes to make the curry more filling and hearty.

Coconut Milk : Full fat coconut milk adds wonderful creamy texture to this wholesome curry.

Spice Powders – This recipe requires some basic Indian spice powders such as turmeric powder, Kashmiri red pepper powder, and garam masala powder. Adjust the quantity of these spices depending upon your taste.

Other ingredients – You will also need onion, minced ginger and garlic, cooking oil ( I use mustard or coconut oil but you can use any cooking oil you have)  and salt. Fresh lemon juice and chopped cilantro brings freshness to this rich earthy curry.

Ingredients used in making this Indian Coconut curry recipe.

Variations / Substitutions

  • Instead of regular potatoes, you can use sweet potatoes, butternut squash , pumpkin, carrots or cauliflower.
  • I am omitting tomatoes but you certainly can add 1/2 cup or more of tomato sauce for more tangy flavors.
  • For additional protein, add 1 cup of cooked chickpeas, black eyed peas or paneer or tofu.
  • For acid + spice infusion, I am using minced ginger, garlic and the garam masala. You can additionally use ground cumin, coriander powder as well as crushed cardamom seeds.
  • Most Indian curry recipes use fresh curry leaves. You sizzle them along with cumin seeds for extra earthy flavors. If you have them easily available , do add it. You can also use bay leaves.

Green Jackfruit and potato coconut curry served with rice and pickle.

Instant Pot Jackfruit Curry

Plug in Instant Pot and press the Sauté setting. After it displays HOT, add the oil. After a minute, add the cumin seeds and fry for 45 seconds, tossing frequently, until they begin to sizzle.

Add the onions. Sprinkle some salt over them and cook until softened, about 5-6 minutes.

Add the minced garlic and ginger, and garam masala powder and cook for 90 seconds. Keep stirring frequently to prevent burning.

Pour in the coconut milk, followed by the shredded jackfruit and potato cubes. Stir well to combine.

Add the 1/2  water to deglaze the pot. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Press Cancel to turn off Sauté function.

Secure the lid and set the valve to Sealing. Select the Pressure Cook / Manual setting at high pressure and set the cook time to 4 minutes.

Once the cooking timer goes off, allow a natural pressure release for 10 minutes. Then move the valve from Sealing to Venting to release any remaining steam.

Open the lid. Add turmeric powder. Stir in the lemon juice and cilantro. Mix well.

Serve warm with rice or naan. Enjoy !

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Green Jackfruit and potato coconut curry served with rice and pickle.

Instant Pot Jackfruit Coconut Curry

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Jackfruit Coconut Curry is ultimate comfort food. This whole food plant based curry is Vegan, Glutenfree. Jackfruit and Coconut – two wonder delights of costal living make this curry uniquely flavorful.

Ingredients

Instructions

Instant Pot Instructions :

Plug in Instant Pot and press the Sauté setting. After it displays HOT, add the oil.  After a minute,  add the cumin seeds and fry for 45 seconds, tossing frequently, until they begin to sizzle.

Add the onions. Sprinkle some salt over them and cook until softened, about 5-6 minutes.Add the minced garlic and ginger, and garam masala powder and cook for 90 seconds. Keep stirring frequently to prevent burning.

Pour in the coconut milk, followed by the shredded jackfruit and potato cubes. Stir well to combine

.Add the 1/2  water to deglaze the pot. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot.

Press Cancel to turn off Saute function. Secure the lid and set the valve to Sealing. Select the Pressure Cook / Manual setting at high pressure and set the cook time to 4 minutes.

Once the cooking timer goes off,  allow a natural pressure release for 10 minutes. Then move the valve from Sealing to Venting to release any remaining steam.

Open the lid. Add turmeric powder. Stir in the lemon juice and cilantro. Mix well. Serve warm with rice or naan. Enjoy !

Stovetop Instructions:

Heat the oil in a deep sauce pan or kadhai or a Dutch oven over medium heat. After few minutes, add the cumin seeds and fry for 45-60 seconds, tossing frequently, until they begin to sizzle.

Add the onions. Sprinkle some salt and cook until softened, about 5-7 minutes. Add the minced garlic and ginger, and garam masala powder, and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning.

Add the shredded jackfruit and chopped potato cubes and cook for few minutes, stirring regularly to prevent sticking.

Pour in the coconut milk and water. Bring to a simmer and then cover, lower the heat and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are soft and tender.

Remove the lid and let the curry simmer further till the liquid has reduced and thickens slightly. Turn off the heat. Stir in turmeric powder,  lemon juice and cilantro.  Mix well.  Serve with rice or naan. Enjoy !

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 234Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 256mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 4gSugar: 31gProtein: 3g

Nutritional values are provided as a courtesy and the values are approximate. The values will change depending on the exact ingredients, measurements and brands used. As always, for specific health issues and dietary requirements please consult medical professional.

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This recipe was originally published on July 14, 2018. It has been updated with photos and Instant Pot instructions. It is republished on 5/17/2021.

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Holly Roseman

Wednesday 17th of July 2019

I noticed that you have cumin seeds listed in the directions, but the ingredients list doesn’t have them listed. What is the quantity please? And can you substitute ground cumin?

admin

Wednesday 17th of July 2019

Use 1 teaspoon cumin seeds. Yes you can substitute cumin powder or ground cumin. Use 1/2 teaspoon if ground

Haley

Monday 18th of March 2019

I'm obsessed with jackfruit curry. I need to try this out!

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