« Back to articlePrint this article

Breakfast Recipe: Pelakkai Gatti

July 01, 2022 16:54 IST

Jackfruit may not share the same popularity as mangoes, but most people from the southern states of India would agree that it's hard to resist this homegrown fruit, which can be eaten and served both raw and cooked.

Early monsoons also mean that ripe jackfruit is easily available at affordable prices.

In Udupi, Karnataka, where pelakkai or jackfruit is available in abundance, a variety of dishes are made using the tropical fruit.

Kumudini Shetty's Pelakkai Gatti (in Tulu) or Jackfruit Steamed Cake, is a traditional preparation in which ripe jackfruit is steam cooked in almond leaves with grated coconut, ground rice and jaggery.

It can be stored in an airtight container and eaten for up to two to three days.

Pelakkai Gatti

Photograph: Kind courtesy Lawrence.crasta/Wikimedia Commons. Kindly note the image has been posted only for representational purposes.

Pelakkai Gatti

Serves: 4


To serve


Note: You may replace rice with rawa or semolina.

If you are using rawa, slightly steam the rawa without adding any water for 15-20 minutes.

Mix this into to the jackfruit puree. The rest of the procedure remains the same.

However, since rawa cooks faster compared to rice, you may reduce overall cooking time by 5-10 minutes.

After placing them in the steamer, cook over medium to high heat for 30 minutes.

For a vegan version use oil or cashew butter instead of ghee.

For a less sweet version reduce the amount of jaggery.