I was invited to a experience a new concept by my good friend who also happens to be one of the top foodies in Bangalore. So the invite had the subject with the word ‘Jackfruit’ in it, made me a bit skeptical as the image in the same email was that of Vada! Something did not match and I accepted it out of curiosity.
The event was scheduled for breakfast and waking up early on a Sunday morning was a painful task! However, this was compensated by the calm and soothing ambiance of Grand Mercure, we were seated at 12th Main (on of the restaurants inside this property) in the outdoor section. The place is picturesque with tiny pond like water body, dark wooden furniture and the natural light coming in.
We had the welcome note by Mr James Joseph, founder of Jackfruit365. He took us through the wonderful journey about how this product came in to existence and what had actually triggered it. The health benefits were equally stressed upon and this is what makes the product so desirable. I would like to list out some of them below:
- Jackfruit is #1 superfood for weight loss in 2016 – Health Magazine
- Reduce weight: Lowest in Calories when compared to one cup of white rice and two whole wheat Rotis.
- Beat Diabetes: Lowest in Glycemic Load – Raw Jackfruit as a meal has lower Glycemic index vs Standard Meal – Ceylon Medical Journal.
- It always keeps thyroid healthy.
- Regulates blood pressure.
- Prevents osteoporosis and anaemia.
- Reduces the risk of heart disease.
Jackfruit in general is used extensively during the season in a number of traditional Indian dishes, during off season it is used as chips or canned fruit. Jackfuit365 as a product is peeled, freeze dried and packed in HACCP certified plant. The raw Jackfruit used in making of this product is of premium quality and sourced at peak season.
After the welcome speech, we moved on to try out various regular breakfast items, but all of them with a twist. Whole spread had infused Jackfruit and it was surprising to see how well the end result came out to be.
We started off with the welcome drink- Jackfruit smoothie. This was probably the only item in their menu which had strong aromas of raw Jackfruit. It was refreshing enough and I ended up having a couple of them!
Next dish was a surprise package – Jackfruit Galouti Kebab, the texture was exactly that of the usual ones we get outside and it was prepared like a direct copy of its non veg counterpart. It was served over miniature Indian bread and topped with a hint of cream/butter.
Bonda is another appetizer that is common street food in Karnataka, and the addition of Jackfruit as an ingredient converted it into a healthy snack. It was complimented by green chutney, the most accepted way to eat this snack.
There were other Jackfruit infuse dishes as well, for example – Jackfruit Appam, Jackfruit Upma, Jackfruit Paniyaram – a Kerala specialty, Jackfruit Seed curry, Jackfruit Leaves Idli and Jackfruit Pancake. We were free to do out own RnD about what combination to choose from and it was fun to see some interesting platters, few examples below:
We also had Dosa and I combined it with Egg Ghee Roast, this was probably the only item which did not have Jackfruit in it.
We then had the Pancakes which were nicely spread with sprinkled sugar and Jackfruit365 bits scattered over it.
It was the end of this wonderful bloggers meet, and we were given a goodie bag which had a poster stressing on importance of Jackfruit, a packet of Jackfruit365 product- Raw Jackfruit freeze dried, a recipe book which was really helpful in understanding how to use this product and a branded coffee mug! We all parted after the group picture!
I wish James and his team all the very best for this brilliant venture which aims at increasing the health quotient of our daily diet.
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