In a previous post, I popped open that accidental can of ripe jackfruit in syrup that’s been sitting around the pantry and made Chinese Tomato “Beef”. Home-style comfort food for me, but maybe tomato “beef” is not your cup of tea. Perhaps Jackfruit Curried Rice is more to your liking – fluffy grains of curry flavored rice with bits of sweetness from jackfruit and raisins.
Ripe jackfruit in syrup taste like a cross between pineapple and banana with an intoxicating fragrance. With nine pieces of jackfruit in one 20-oz can, I’ve made tomato “beef” twice already. Then thought maybe I should try the sweet jackfruit in another savory dish, subbing out the pineapple for jackfruit in my Curried Pineapple Rice recipe.
Super easy to make in a rice cooker, just throw things into the pot, press the cook button and 45 minutes later, you’ve got jackfruit curried rice. It’s no accident I’m now buying cans of sweet jackfruit on purpose.
Jackfruit Curried Rice
Makes about 5 cups
4 dried Chinese shiitake mushrooms, soaked in water until soft, cut off stems and dice
1 1/2 cups white basmati rice (using the measuring cup that came with the rice cooker)
1/2 cup raisins
2 tablespoons tamari
1 tablespoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger root, minced
1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel
1/2 lime, juiced
2 green onion stalks, chopped
3 pieces of canned ripe jackfruit in syrup, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/3 cup toasted slivered almonds (optional)
Cooking directions is for use with a 5.5 cups capacity rice cooker. Using the inner pot of the rice cooker, rinse the rice well in several changes of water until the water is clear. Add water to the marked level on the inner pot according to the rice cooker’s directions.
Add the rest of the ingredients except for the green onion, jackfruit and almonds. Select the setting to cook white rice and press start.
After the rice cooker beeps, stir in the green onions and jackfruit. Turn it off and serve or leave on the “warm” setting until ready to serve. Sprinkle the toasted almonds on top if using.
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