This is a delicious and comforting vegan kofta curry made with jackfruit and is a perfect replacement to your traditional malai kofta. This is also a soy-free recipe and is a great side to serve with naans and kulchas.
Jackfruit kofta curry is as delicious as paneer curry. In this vegan curry, you’ll not miss the sweetness or creaminess in any way. This recipe uses a couple of veggies that adds to the nutrition profile of this curry and is also a great way to sneak some veggies to your kids. Along with jackfruit sweet potatoes and black eyed peas are added. The black eyed peas add to the proteins, while sweet potatoes in addition to the nutrition it adds, it also helps in shaping the koftas.
Jackfruit, when it is ripe, is the ultimate fruit to me just like mangoes. The unripe ones are great to use in curries or rice. When I was young, our backyard had a jackfruit tree and enjoyed amazing ripe ones and unripe jackfruit in delicious recipes. Vegan Tender Jackfruit Curry is one of my childhood favorites, and try these Vegan Tender Jackfruit Cutlets for a delicious appetizer or snack. Here, we do not get fresh tender jackfruit all the time, but frozen ones are available all the time in Indian groceries. This recipe too uses frozen unripe jackfruit. The fresh ones look spiky and may look hard to process but here is a guide to do it easily. The jackfruit seed is also edible and try this creamy curry or Vegan Jackfruit Seed Pulao with jackfruit seeds.
What makes this vegan curry creamy?
This is a very creamy curry just like its dairy based counterpart. Vegan cream or coconut is not used in the recipe. The added cashew yogurt and cashews (and one more ingredient which we will see next) in this curry base makes it so creamy and divine. In this way some beneficial vitamins are added to the diet. Cashew yogurt is available in many grocery chains and it is a great one to use in vegan recipes. Try these Cashew Yogurt and Potato Muffins. The base is made with simple spices, onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, and tomatoes. This curry is very much similar to the curry base in Labne and Roasted Corn Masala, labne is replaced with cashew yogurt.
The final fortification of nutrients in this curry is the addition of date sugar. Most of the dairy based creamy curries use a little sugar to sweeten the curry. Date sugar is nothing but powdered dry dates. Since dates are a great source of iron, adding this to foods results in a fortified version. This also adds to the creaminess of the curry. If you are wondering what else you could add date sugar to, try these Date Sugar Walnut Cookies and Chocolatey Whole Wheat Date Sugar Banana Bread for wonderful snacks.
If you are wondering what to serve this curry with, naan breads, kulchas, stuffed kulchas or parathas are perfect pairs. Simple everyday flatbread pairs well and I serve it that way more often. It can be served with a simple Jeera Rice too!
Vegan food doesn’t mean boring food. There are tons of interesting soups and main course foods that are vegan and delicious. Check for some vegan noodle recipes around the world, and for rasam recipes. Here are a few more addictive vegan recipes from the blog.
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Transfer to serving bowl. Add the koftas. Garnish with some kasoori methi. Serve with naan or any flatbread.