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Palakottai Kootu Recipe - Jackfruit Seeds Kootu Recipe

A traditional South Indian side dish made with jack fruit seeds, lentils, spices and coconut. Tastes great with rice.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: South Indian, Tamil
Servings: 4
Author: Hari Chandana Ponnaluri


  • 25 Jackfruit Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Moong Dal
  • 1/4 cup Grated Fresh Coconut
  • 1 small Onion
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1.5 tsp Sambar Powder
  • 1 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/8 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Gooseberry sized Tamarind Ball
  • A few Curry Leaves
  • A big pinch of Hing
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • Salt to taste


  • Pressure cook the moong dal with water for 3 whistles.
  • Soak tamarind in water for 15 minutes and squeeze the extract out of it. Keep it aside.
  • Cut the jackfruit into 2 pieces and remove the white skin around it. Wash the peeled seeds and chop into small pieces. Soak them in water to prevent discoloration.
  • Add chopped seeds, salt, turmeric powder and water in a vessel and let it cook until the pieces are tender.
  • Meanwhile, grind the chopped onion, coconut and cumin seeds to a little coarse paste using little water. Set aside.
  • Add the tamarind extract, sambar powder, cooked moong dal and ground coconut paste to the cooked jackfruit seeds and mix.
  • Add water to adjust the consistency of the kootu.
  • Adjust the salt and let it cook for 6 – 8 minutes.
  • Turn off the flame and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan for seasoning. Add the mustard seeds and urad dal and let them splutter. Add the hing and curry leaves and stir for few seconds. Add this to the prepared kootu and combine.
  • Serve hot with rice.