Jackfruit Meat-less Balls


20 oz ripe jackfruit 

2 cups water

1 1/2 tsp garam masala or yellow curry

1 finely chopped green chili (choose one based on your desired heat level)

3/4 tsp salt

1 tbs finely chopped cilantro

1/2 tbs lemon juice

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp cumin

1 tbs grated ginger

1 tbs crushed garlic

1 cup chickpea flour

olive oil as needed


  1. Combine jackfruit, 2 cups water, garam masala, 1/4 tsp salt and, 1/2 tsp garlic powder. Bring to a boil in a saucepan and cook for about 15 minutes.  Set aside.
  2. In a large, dry skillet add 1 cup of chickpea flower and roast over medium low heat for 8 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid burning.  Set aside.
  3. Shred jackfruit and add the remaining spices, ginger, garlic, lemon juice and 1 tbs oil and mix.  
  4. Add 3/4 cup chickpea flour and mix well.  Then slowly add remaining flour until the mixture has a doughy, but not sticky consistency.
  5. Shape mixture into balls and pan fry for 1-2 minutes (depending on size) on all sides.
Serve, or use, any way you might eat traditional meatballs!

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