Pelakai garige is a sweet jackfruit fried snack. They are made using ripe jackfruits. Pelakai Garige are crunchy on the outside & soft inside with a dominant flavour of jackfruit. They taste great while they’re steaming hot. Among all the dishes made from the fruit during the season, this is a favorite snack. In Tulunadu region, almost every house has a jackfruit tree in the backyard.
They are prepared by grinding together rice, ripe jackfruit pieces, jaggery, salt & grated coconut. A smooth-coarse batter is made with little usage of water. A little semolina is added to the batter to give it a nice texture and to add that crispiness to these fritters. The sweeter the jackfruit pods used, the better the fritters taste and lesser jaggery needs to be added.
Ingredients to make Pelakai Garige
10-12 ripe jackfruit pods chopped and deseeded
1 cup rice
1/4 cup Bombay Rava or any semolina
1/2 cup grated coconut
1/2 cup jaggery
3-4 green cardamom powdered
1 tsp crushed black pepper
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying
Procedure to prepare
- Clean and soak rice for 2-3 hours. Drain the water.
- In a blender grind soaked rice, chopped jackfruit, grated coconut & salt coarsely without water. The consistency of the batter should be thick.
- Transfer to a bowl and add the semolina, cardamom powder and pepper. Mix well and keep aside for 10-15 minutes.
- Heat oil in a pan – when hot, drop small round balls into the oil. Deep fry on medium flame till it turns golden brown.
This is best served as evening snack with a hot cup of tea or coffee. I bet you cannot stop with just two or three!
For jackfruit lovers, here is another special dish from the Mangalore region, a healthier steamed version – Pelakai Gatti