Ripe Jackfruit (Ponsa) Khotto ......... :)
One more dish made in weaved Jackfruit leaves basket. Ripe Jackfruit (Ponsa) Khotto is also known as Ponsa muddo or Ponsa Idly when prepared in banana leaves or Idly moulds. When using banana leaves, the leaves are cut into squares, the mixture is placed on one side and folded up into square and then steamed. Will post the recipe when I prepare later on. Here Ripe jackfruit is ground and added to rice and made into Idly / khotto / muddo. This jackfruit dish tastes very awesome. The aroma fills the house and starts tickling your taste buds. These are usually had hot topped with fresh home made butter / melted ghee / honey. They taste good as it is too. I have already given the method of preparing the weaved jackfruit leaves baskets, so also the method of using Idly moulds or the perfect method of using paper cups. You can choose and follow any method you wish for making the ponsa khotto.
Method : Clean, remove the center seed of the Jackfruit pieces and chop them to fine pieces. You should have about 3 cups of chopped pieces in all. Keep it aside. Heat half a cup of water and add 2 cups of jaggery cut into pieces and melt it. Remove and let cool, strain and keep aside.
To be ground : Grind to a fine paste 1 cup of jackfruit pieces with 1 cup of freshly grated coconut to a fine paste with the prepared jaggery water. Consume all the jaggery water little by little while grinding. Remove and put it in a bowl.
Add the remaining 2 cups of jackfruit pieces to the ground paste and mix well with a pinch of salt to taste. You can add a pinch of cardamom powder too. I have not added any as I like the jackfruit flavour intact. Now add about 2-3 cups of Idly rava to this and mix well. The quantity of Idly rava depends upon the amount that will hold on to the mixture. Add 2 cups first and mix well, if you find the mixture a bit watery add ¼ cup more and mix well. This way add the third cup of Idly rava little by little while checking the mixture. The mixture should be thick mixture and water should not leave from the sides.
Put a Idly steamer to boil with required amount of water. Put in the jackfruit mixture into the weaved jackfruit leaves basket or Idly moulds and keep them ready. When the water comes to a boil, gently keep the Khottos in the steamer and steam for a good 30-35 minutes on medium heat. Remove and cool a bit before serving it with homemade fresh melted ghee.