PHOTO OF JACKFRUIT & JACKFRUIT GASSI [ PONSA GASSI- A KONKANI DISH ]
Posted Sep 13 2008 11:46pm
Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world, reaching 80 pounds in weight and up to 36 inches long and 20 inches in diameter. The exterior of the compound fruit is green or yellow when ripe. The interior consists of large edible bulbs of yellow, banana-flavored flesh that encloses a smooth, oval, light-brown seed. This is a seaonal fruit and now is the season.
I used the raw Jack fruit which is green in colour as you can see. The jack fruit is cut open and the bulbs are taken out. The bulb consist of fleshy covering ( Goro in Konkani ) with dates like seed inside ( Bikkund in Konkani). These are used for preparing this curry. They are chopped to 1 cm cubes and boiled in water till done. The base consists of Tur dal (lentils), coconut paste and seasoning. Some people prefer to add garlic as well. A dash of asefotida ( hing) will enhance the taste and you have a mouth watering ponsa geshi in front of you. Serve hot.