jackfruit seeds curry

Jackfruit Seeds Kurma Curry

Updated: May 18, 2024, By Swasthi, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Jackfruit Seeds Curry made in South Indian style. Jackfruit is very commonly consumed in South Asian countries. Apart from relishing it as a fruit, it is also used to cook various dishes. Not only the ripe fruit, even the unripe young fruit and the seeds are used. Traditionally Jackfruit seeds were fire roasted/grilled or boiled and enjoyed as a snack. They were also added to sambar, kootu and curries.

Jackfruit Seeds Curry

About Jackfruit Seeds Curry

This jackfruit seeds kurma curry is delicious & flavor packed. It goes very well with plain rice or any flavored rice dishes like ghee rice, mint rice, jeera rice or pulao. You can also serve it with flatbreads or dosas. It keeps good in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

There are numerous ways to make a curry and this one is made in a South Indian Kurma style with fresh raw coconut and poppy seeds. If fresh raw coconut is not your thing, you may simply use frozen coconut or thick coconut milk from a can. White poppy seeds are used in Indian cuisine to impart a milky aroma and flavor to curries. It also thickens and adds volume to the dish.

Poppy seeds are not available in a lot of countries, so if you are not accessible to these tiny seeds you may leave them out or use some cashew nuts which impart the same flavors and thickness to this jackfruit seeds curry. Other ingredients like curry leaves, onions, ginger and garlic are used for aroma.

I have not used tomatoes in this recipe, much of the flavor comes from the aromatics and coconut itself. However if you prefer tomatoes in your dish, feel free to leave out the coconut part and use tomatoes.

To make this curry, we usually use the seeds from the Jackfruit we buy. I was in India visiting my parents & we had a jackfruit, the following days we were using up the seeds. We roasted a few on a tawa, boiled and ate. This curry was yet another way to put these seeds to use. Jackfruit seeds are protein rich and make a great meat substitute in curries.

These seeds are usually sold in the vegetable stores or in frozen section of the supermarkets.

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How to make Jackfruit Seeds Kurma (Stepwise Photos)

Prepare the seeds

1. Air dry the jack fruit seeds if they are just out from the fruit for few hours. This helps to peel off the skin better, else they will be sticky.

jackfruit seeds

2. Chop each seed to 2 or 4, this helps to peel off the white skin easily. If desired scrape off the brown skin too with a knife. I did not do it.

chopped jackfruit seeds

3. Rinse the seeds thoroughly before using them. Boil them in enough water till tender yet you should get a bite into them.

boiling the seeds

Make the kurma curry

4. Powder the roasted poppy seeds or roasted gram to fine powder. Add coconut and make a smooth paste with little water.

5. Heat a pan with oil. Then add all the whole spices (refer notes) and saute for a minute.
6. Add ginger garlic paste and fry till you get an aroma.

tempering the spices

7. Add onions and green chili.

frying onions in a pot

8. Fry them till the onions turn lightly golden.

golden fried onions to make jackfruit seeds curry

9. Next Add boiled jack fruit seeds, red chili powder, turmeric and garam masala powder. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes.

adding the seeds along with spices to the pot

10. Add the ground paste and saute for another 3 to 4 minutes.
11. Next add salt and water enough to cover the seeds. Do not add too much water, curry can become runny.

adding the ground coconut paste

12. Cover and cook till you see the traces of oil on top. This takes about 5 to 8 minutes.

simmering jackfruit seeds in curry

Serve jackfruit seeds curry with rice or roti. Garnish with coriander leaves

Jackfruit Seeds Kurma

Here are some tips that may help you if you are cooking with jackfruit seeds for the first time.


  1. Ensure the outer white covering over the seeds is dry and not moist. It is easy to remove the cover out of the dry seed. It is sticky and slips off when it is moist. So air dry them for a few hours.
  2. Many people scrape off the brown skin over the seed with a knife. But we don’t do it.
  3. Preboiling the seeds is important to cook them faster. Like most legumes these seeds take longer if cooked directly in the gravy. So we always boil them and discard the water.

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Jackfruit Seeds Kurma

Jackfruit Seeds Kurma Curry

5 from 16 votes
Delicious curry made with jackfruit seeds, spices, coconut and poppy seeds. It is served with flavoured rice or roti.
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Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time45 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 1 cup jackfruit seeds chopped
  • 1 cup onions finely chopped
  • 1 green chili slit
  • teaspoon Ginger garlic paste
  • 1 bay leaf or 1 sprig curry leaves
  • ½ teaspoon cumin or shahijeera
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • ¼ tsp Red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ to ¾ teaspoon Salt as needed
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste or lemon juice (optional)

To blend (or ½ cup tomatoes)

  • ¼ cup coconut or ½ cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsps poppy seed or fried gram



  • Chop each jack fruit seed to half or quarters. Peel off the white skin.
  • Scrapping off the brown skin is optional. It can be scraped off with a knife if you prefer.
  • Rinse the seeds and boil them till tender in enough water. Drain the water and set them aside.
  • Dry roast the poppy seeds on a low heat until crunchy. Cool and make a fine powder in a blender. Add coconut to the same blender and make a smooth paste with little water

How to make jackfruit seeds curry

  • Pour oil to a hot pan and add cumin & curry leaves (or bay leaf).
  • Once the seeds crackle, add ginger garlic paste. Saute till it turns aromatic.
  • Add chopped onions , slit green chilies and fry till the onions turn golden.
  • Saute jack fruit seeds, turmeric, garam masala and red chili powder for about 2 mins.
  • Add the coconut paste and fry for another 3 minutes.
  • If using add the tamarind paste, salt and water just enough to cover the seeds.
  • Cover and cook jackfruit seeds curry on a low flame for 5 to 8 minutes or till you see traces of oil on top.
  • Serve the curry with rice or roti.


We also use some whole spices like cloves, cinnamon, star anise and dagad phool to the tempering just to mimic the flavors of a meat curry.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Jackfruit Seeds Kurma Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 339mg15%
Potassium 253mg7%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 37IU1%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 97mg10%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 stars
I love your blog, thank you for sharing your knowledge Swasthi. Do you have any recipes for jackfruit flesh?

Under “To Blend”, just wanted to confirm can I replace the coconut milk with 1/2 cup of chopped fresh tomatoes? Is there a replacement for poppyseed or fried gram for I don’t have any on hand?

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Usually I boil the seeds with little salt and then peel the white covering. (We eat it plain). Will that process impact the recipe?

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First time I tried making jackfruit seed curry. I used fried gram instead of poppy seeds since I didn’t have any. It turned out great!

Hello. Can I also add in the fresh jackfruit meat into the curry?

Hi Swasthi
I made this jackfruit seeds curry today. It came out so well.

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This was really fun to make, I got to try a lot of new techniques! This was my first time having a fresh jackfruit and using the seeds in a curry seemed too delicious to pass up. I also made my own tamarind paste for this recipe. I was worried the water would dilute the flavor so I used extra spices and WOW the flavor came out incredibly intense. Luckily I like it spicy, I think I would kill anyone I served this to. I also added chickpeas and cauliflower to the curry and served it over barley and topped with cilantro. Thanks for this great recipe!

it ws really a mouth watering recipe. thank u so much fr sharing this. thanks fr the photos of recipe it really makes mouth water after looking at these pics n it induced me to prepare this dish.

it was really a tasty recipe swasthi thank u soooooo much for such a tasty recipe I and my family just love this curry

it was wonderful reading and making this dish my mouth was watery when I first saw the pic of the curry and it was tasty while I tried cooking it

very tasty curry.. I love Jack fruit seeds.. I miss it here

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I have been looking for different jack fruit seed curries, so this comes at a great time. Thanks for sharing swasthi =) Hope you are fine

Looks very rich and creamy gravy… Love it…