Monday, April 27, 2009

Bendi-t Like This!

In our house, trash doesn't go only into the dustbin. It goes into our refrigerator too, only to be discarded after weeks and months of making a home there. But I've been getting better at waste management lately. The zillions of sauce sachets we've collected over the last year with deliveries of pizza and fried chicken went into some home-assembled pizza, and the jackfruit seeds I saved, intending to roast in the oven, went into some 'bendi'. Within just 10 days of our having consumed their flesh.

I am so proud of myself.

I am lucky enough to own a book, now rarely found, called Green Leafy Vegetables, by Shyamala Kallianpur. Yesterday, after buying some amaranth (thotakura) and Malabar spinach (bachalikura), I leafed through her book to look for something other than dal to make. And sure enough, my eye fell on this Amaranth and Jackfruit Bendi, which is described as a dish native to the Dakshina Kannada region of Karnataka. Some not-so-intensive searching on the Internet gives me the information that Bendi is so called when it is tempered with garlic.

The other stashed away leftovers I used to make this curry were half a small carton of coconut milk and a cup of grated and frozen coconut. More importantly, I didn't have to buy anything new to use up the old supplies I had. The amaranth, of course, was happy coincidence.

The recipe is from the book. My addition was the coconut milk.

Amaranth/thotakura, chopped along with tender stems: 4 cups
Jackfruit seeds: 16
Water: Some
Salt, to taste

Grind to a paste

Grated coconut: 1/2 cup
Coconut milk: 1/2-3/4 cup
Red chillies, dry-roasted: 8-10
Tamarind: Large lime-sized
Coriander powder: 1.5 tsp (The recipe suggested 1 tsp of coriander seeds sauteed in a few drops of oil)


Oil: 1 tsp
Garlic, crushed roughly: 8 cloves

Remove the outer skin of the jackfruit seeds and soak them in warm water two hours ahead.

Pressure cook the jackfruit seeds with water for 10 minutes. I used fresh water, not the water in which they were soaked.

Put the seeds along with the water in which they were cooked into a large pan. Add the amaranth and some salt, along with some water, and bring to a boil.

Now reduce the flame. Cover and cook till the greens are tender, about 5 minutes.

Add the ground paste, bring to a boil and temper with the garlic fried in the oil.

Cover immediately to retain the aroma. Of course, this doesn't apply if you're a food blogger - at this point, you pour it into a pretty dish, wipe the splashes, lick your fingers and start the photography session.


  1. sauce sachets I guess has something to do with our country of birth! I like the looks of that curry and imagining eating some jackfruit seeds. My amaranth is still in seed form though and I am craving for some.

  2. A cookbook just on greens? I am so J! :D

    I get one from the library, US style greens book, don't like half the recipe in there, Indian one sounds great.
    LOL @ Bendi. Used to love JF seeds, haven't eaten in many yrs. Looks yum. My fridge is like garbage collector too, you should see the amount of pickle jars I have in there! ;D

  3. I have some jackfruit seeds frozen, Know what to do with! Delicious and different one!

  4. Just today, I had to throw away a pack of half-used cheese coz it had mold growing on it!

    I don't think I've had any dish (except maybe a thoran) that uses jackfruit seeds.

  5. Lol, you said it Sra, my refrigerator at any point holds more trash than the actual trash bin. :) Love the recipe, anything with jf seeds is a winner in my book. :)

  6. I have rarely had jackfruit seeds in a curry.. remember them only roasted, & may be my grandma cooked it with some potatoes. But haven't had jackfruit seeds for many many years now. So i am ready to take your trash if u are ready to send them:-)

  7. I stash food until it has to be discarded. Am slowly converting:)

    Jackfruit seeds ina curry is atleast new to me..have had them only fried.

  8. Looking interesting..!!!
    a complete book of green leafy veggies...good to own one...
    lovely curry...

  9. Sra,
    we make chorchori with jackfruits and amaranth leaves although we dont add coconut milk ..greens are always healthy and nutritional..
    title almost sounds bend it like Beckham ;)..
    hugs and smiles

  10. Jackfruit seeds are my favorite and yeah I love anything with amaranth. Sra, u'e making me drool by adding coconut milk too. The dish is very new and interesting combo. Would try it next time I buy jackfruit.

  11. My fridge looks just like yours I guess :) Now I have to try and make yummy dishes from what is already there.

  12. That is a very authentic book then.
    I think last time i had chakkakuru was 18years back, cury looks yumm.
    Hi hi you should see my fridge and freezer :-)

  13. Laughing at your post title :D :D

    Bendi looks like a winner

  14. Greens curry with jackfruit seeds sounds and looks great, Sra! Good job clearing up the fridge! Mine resembled one too and lastmonth, I cleared up pretty much everything but I still have tons of jars - ketchup, chhutneys, sauces, pickles, dips. Gotta start working on clearing those :)

  15. Love the way you've phrased it - there being more junk in the fridge than in the trashcan. My fridge is that way too....

  16. this is new to me. I feel so bad when I have to thrash stuff, but I do it every week, so that I make room for more :).

    Jack fruits taste yela untundo marchipoyani Sra, chinna puddu tinnanemo!!


  17. Iam soo much like you when it comes to collecting trash in the fridge .. I too have collected JF seeds only to throw them later ..
    Nice recipe there with JF seeds

  18. I've tried bendi just once before and loved the coconut-tamarind combination. Must've been delicious with the jackfruit seeds.

  19. sounds good...nice recipe

  20. congrats. btw, after i started reading the sodium content on sauce packets, i don't open them at all. they go straight in the trash.

  21. Roasted jackfruit seeds - yum! my favourite way to cook these! Although my mother would also add it to kootus and things. Wish I could get my hands on some - I love the fruit AND its seeds!

  22. You never fail to bring a wide grin(if not ROFL and chuckling smiles that mostly results after reading ur posts)
    The recipe is very new to me and jackfruits??Hmm i never had tasted the fruit, and only part of it that i have tasted is the roasted seeds and that too i am still unsure, since my friend used to bring some chocolaty stuff claiming that those were roasted jackfruit seeds.I still don't believe her ;-)

  23. JACKFRUIT SEEDS!! haven't seen them in a while.:)i am not familiar with amarnath..let me ask a typical blog reader question..will this recipe work with spinach? i bet it will coz we have a similar jackfruit seed-spinach combo.

  24. Love the title of your post. That's a lot of unusual (to me) ingredients together in one dish.
    I cooked jackfruit a couple of weeks back because my husband and daughter love it. I actually lugged the jackfruit here from Kerala!
    My fridge is looking a bit like a badly managed store right now, too.:)

  25. good for you for not wasting food...mine still lands up in the freezer with promises of being used in the future and being used in a ynamo dish...only to be thrown out after a few months..when freezer burn sets in ;)

  26. We have a similar recipe, but coriander not added in that.. love reading your blog.. :)

  27. Folks, thanks for all the comments. I left the answers too long and now I feel lazy for individual replies. :-)

  28. I bought a squeeze bottle and now empty the sauce sachets into that - we dont order pizza much so it takes some time to fill, but atleast doesnt go waste..

  29. BTW, I love Bendi - my best friend's mom made it very well...

  30. Too funny. I rarely save any of that stuff for fear of being inundated by yet more kitchen clutter. The quality of the packets is pretty nasty, too. Have you ever tasted fake Chinese hot mustard? The only exception I make are the real Chinese chopsticks they occasionally throw in the delivery bag.

    Jackfruit is on my list of produce to try this summer; it is a long list.

    Don't attempt to reply. Be lazy - carry on. ; }