Jackfruit curry with lemon rice
Jackfruit is a healthy vegan meat replacement and works well in a curry where it can take on the rich flavours of the dish.
For the jackfruit curry
For the lemon rice
To make the jackfruit curry, peel the jackfruit, remove the seeds and cut into 2.5cm/1in cubes. Place the jackfruit in a saucepan with enough water to cover, add 1 teaspoon of turmeric and some salt and bring to the boil. Cook for 30–40 minutes, or until tender. Drain and set aside.
Heat the mustard oil in a frying pan until hot and starting to smoke. Add the cumin seeds, panch phoron, bay leaves and dried red chillies and cook for around 30 seconds, or until crackling and popping. As soon as the chillies turn dark red, add the onions. Cook over a low heat for 12–15 minutes until the onions are translucent.
Add the tomatoes, green chilli, remaining turmeric, chilli powder, cumin, coriander and 1 teaspoon of salt to the pan. Stir well and add the jackfruit and potato, if using. Cook over a low heat, covered, for 5–7 minutes and then add the garam masala. Cook for another minute and remove from the heat.
Meanwhile, to make the lemon rice, wash the rice thoroughly in plenty of cold water. Leave to soak in more clean, cold water and then drain. Bring 1 litre/1¾ pints water to the boil in a saucepan and add the rice. Cook, uncovered, for 8–10 minutes, or until the grains are tender, then drain and set aside.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the mustard seeds, chana dal and urid dal, if using, and cook until crackling. When the dal start to turn golden, add the curry leaves and turmeric and stir for 30 seconds. Splash a few tablespoons of water into the pan to stop the turmeric burning. Add the salt, sugar and lemon juice and stir to mix. Add the mixture to the cooked rice and toss gently to mix evenly.
Serve the lemon rice with the jackfruit curry.