One of the tastiest Bihari pickles, soft chunks of Jackfruit blended in rich spices and mustard oil. The right balance of spicy and tangy. Made by steaming the Jackfruit before sun-drying.
Ingredients used in this Jackfruit Pickle,
include Jackfruit, Mustard Oil, Turmeric, Red Chilli Powder, Coriander Powder, Cumin, Nigella Seeds, Carom Seeds, Fenugreek, Fennel Seeds, Yellow Mustard, Black Mustard, Asafoetida, Aamchor, Black Salt, Salt.
How We Prepare Jackfruit Pickle:
The Kathal used for pickling at JhaJi Store is sourced from local areas in Darbhanga and Samastipur, where farmers have been cultivating them for decades. We believe in supporting local farmers and ensuring the quality of our ingredients.
To provide you with a glimpse into the process, we interviewed one of the farmers in the region. Here's a brief summary of the conversation:
" Typically, when the Kathal weighs around 3 to 4 kilograms, we bring it to the factory. As you can see here, the farmers are continuously growing Kathal and supplying it to us. We conducted an interview with one of the farmers, and you can find it below."
The preparation process begins early in the morning when the jackfruit arrives at our kitchen factory from the farm.
Upon the jackfruit's arrival, the first step is to sort the Kathal based on their age and size. We specifically choose raw jackfruits that weigh between 3 to 4 kilograms for pickling. Ripe jackfruits have a tendency to ripen further, become sweeter, turn yellow in color, and develop larger seeds. Their texture also becomes chewier rather than remaining soft.
Spices are mostly sourced locally from farmers and bazar samitis in Samastipur. We buy whole spices and clean, roast, and ground them in our kitchen factory.
Mustard Oil is brought in from Rajasthan. We test it regularly for purity and quality.
RECIPE: The Process of Preparation
Starts with the Kathal arriving early at 6 AM from the farms to our kitchen factory. They were mostly plucked last evening.
Step 1: Cutting & Steaming the Jackfruit
- Begin by cutting the jackfruit into small pieces.
- Steam the jackfruit pieces to soften them
Step 2: Preparing the Marination
- Transfer the steamed jackfruit pieces to a vessel. We typically make pickles in 30 kg batches.
- Add 1 kg of salt, along with some turmeric, to the jackfruit.
- Allow the mixture to marinate for 28 to 48 hours. During this marination period, avoid touching or stirring the jackfruit.
Step 3: Adding the Spice Mixture
- Once 12 to 48 hours have passed after the jackfruit has been steamed and marinated, it's time to add the spices and mustard oil.
- Prepare a spice mixture in advance by combining a variety of spices such as turmeric, red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin, nigella seeds, carom seeds, fenugreek, fennel seeds, yellow mustard, black mustard, asafoetida, amchoor, black salt, and regular salt in calculated proportions.
- Add the spice mixture to the vessel containing the marinated jackfruit.
- Pour in mustard oil and thoroughly stir and mix the entire mixture.
Step 4: Sun Drying the Pickle
- At this stage, the pickle is still not ready to eat. It requires a minimum of 10 days of sun drying.
- Place the vessel with the jackfruit pickle in a sunny area and allow it to dry for at least 10 days.
- Sun drying helps the jackfruit to further soften, allowing the flavors of the spices to meld together, resulting in a unique, traditional taste.
Step 5: Serving and Storing the Pickle
- After sun drying the jackfruit pickle is ready to be served.
- Store the pickle in airtight containers called "Martabans."
- The pickles are shipped to customers as per their orders.
Jackfruit Pickle with Khichdi
Kathal Pickle holds a special place in the hearts of the people in Mithilanchal, who relish its authentic taste and savor it with various dishes, including local favorites like poori, paratha, and dal-chawal.
Good and tasty. Keep it up.
Taste is awesome and authentic, but price is bit high.
It's fantastic to hear that you find our product's taste awesome and authentic! Your feedback regarding the price is duly noted, and we want you to know that we are actively addressing this issue to ensure our products remain accessible to all. Thank you for your valuable input!
बहुत अच्छा लगा, अगर हो सके तो थोड़ा cost कम करिए
Thank you so much! We're glad you enjoyed it.
Great taste. Excellent quality
We appreciate your kind words about our pickles' taste and quality. Thank you for your support, and we can't wait to serve you again!
My Dad really liked it, will reorder soon.
We're delighted to hear that your Dad enjoyed our pickles, and we look forward to serving you again soon.
I am writing this message to you kalpana ji, that I am very disappointed till now . I had ordered from your store 4 times still hadn't received my product. It's really sad and I don't know how to express my feelings 💔
Your last order has been damaged in transit. Your recent order is out for delivery and it will be delivered to you in the very soon. Thank you so much for your patience !
Fantastic! We're delighted you enjoyed it.
Made with love and care. Taste is divine !
Your heartwarming words have truly made our day! We pour our love and care into every jar of pickles we make, and it's immensely gratifying to hear that you find the taste divine.
Your support and appreciation mean the world to us.
I purchased this pickle on hearing good recommendation from my friends, however after I tasted it, I realized it that it is extremely spicy and not very flavourful. If I wanted a hot pickel, I would get a chilly pickle. Jackfruit pickle should not be this hot and filled with chillies. It should have more flavour and less heat. Highly dissapointed.
We're sorry to hear that you found our Jackfruit pickle too spicy and less flavorful. We understand your disappointment, and we appreciate your feedback.
It's important to note that our pickles are crafted following a traditional Bihari recipe, where people often prefer spicier flavors. However, we genuinely value your input, and we'll certainly share your suggestion with our team to explore ways to offer a more balanced flavor profile in the future.
Jackfruit pickle is one of the tastiest pickle, I have had in a while. Love that it had less oil. Usually I see pickles drenched in oil, this one was an exception. Loved the taste, only thing it was a little spicy for my palette but nonetheless, I enjoyed eating it a lot. Have already ordered another jar 😊
We're thrilled that you found our Jackfruit pickle to be one of the tastiest! We appreciate your feedback about the lower oil content, and we're glad you enjoyed the taste, despite it being a bit spicy for your palate. Your satisfaction is important to us.