Gaeng Khanun (Jackfruit Curry)

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Northern people believe that khanun (jackfruit) is a lucky name in Thai. So jackfruit is cooked when important ceremonies like weddings and New Year's celebrations occur. When a bride and groom eat jackfruit Thais believe they will always support each other and when it is eaten at New Year's celebrations, they believe there will be good luck all year.


Young jackfruit contains calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin A, B1, B2 and C. Pork is high in protein. Jackfruit curry is good for a mother feeding her baby and is soothing to the digestive system.


300 grams young jackfruit, cut into bite-size pieces
100 grams pork ribs
5 each tomatoes
½ cup de-stemmed cha-om
½ cup coarsely chopped cha-plu leaves
2 cups water

Ingredients for curry paste
5 each dried chilies
5 each garlic cloves
5 each red shallots
1 tsp. shrimp paste
1 tsp. salt


1. Pound all ingredients for the curry paste until well blended.
2. Boil the water in a pot over moderate heat. Add the mixture, stir until dissolved.
3. Add the pork ribs, and simmer until they become tender.
4. Add the jackfruit, and simmer until they return to tender.
5. Add the tomatoes, cha-om, and cha-plu. Stir until mixed. Remove from the heat.