A food memory rekindled

Shiv and I went shopping to Wing Yip, an oriental grocery store which has most things south east Asian under one roof.  Both of us enjoyed walking up and down the aisles looking at ingredients to inspire us – sadly a lot them have wheat 😦


Lo and behold my eyes caught a pack of jackfruit crisps.  I haven’t eaten these since I left Malaysia back in 2001 and was thrilled to see this product again.  Both Shiv and I polished off a packet in the car before getting home.

The product is all natural with no added preservatives and tastes absolutely divine.  The chips also brought back memories of my grandmother who used to make a snack of boiled semi ripe jack fruit seasoned with asafoetida, turmeric, chilli powder and salt and then left to dry.  My mother’s maternal  home still has some of the best jackfruit I have eaten.  We will add in a recipe for “jack fruit payasam” later – a staple in most Palakkad brahmin homes (challenge is going to be to find ‘chakka varati – jackfruit jam).


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