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Sri Lankan Jackfruit Curry (Polos Curry)

Traditional Sri Lankan Jackfruit Curry prepared using polos (young jackfruit) and cooked in coconut milk. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Sri Lankan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 8


  • 1/2 fresh coconut
  • 1 fresh young jackfruit (polos)
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Sprig of curry leaves
  • 1 tomato
  • 5 small red onions
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 buds cardamom
  • 2 buds clove
  • A small piece of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp roasted curry powder
  • 1.5 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp  turmeric
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Cut young jackfruit (polos) into two. You will see white sticky sap inside it. To remove it, dip a knife into oil and scrape the sap off the surface of jackfruit.
  2. Cut of the spiky exterior from jackfruit halves.
  3. Slice every half of jackfruit into 16 sections. Cut out the core of each section. Then cut every slice into 3-4 cubes. It’s very similar to how you would cut an apple into cubes.

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  4. Place all the jackfruit cubes into a bowl with cold water to avoid discoloration.
    cut up polos
  5. Cut fresh curry leaves into pieces. Dice fresh tomatoes. Slice small red onions. Slice garlic and mash it using a mortar and pestle.
  6. Heat up coconut oil in a heavy bottom pan (or clay pot if you have one). Add curry leaves, onions, and garlic to the pan. Let them fry in oil for about 30 seconds to give out the aroma.
    making polos curry
  7. Add mustard seeds, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, fenugreek seeds. Fry another 30 seconds.
  8. Add roasted curry powder, chili powder, turmeric, black pepper, salt. Mix well
  9. Add 1 cup of first coconut milk and 2 cups of second milk to the spices mixture. Let it simmer for a few minutes.
  10. Drain water from jackfruit and place the cubes into the pan with coconut milk.
  11. Cover the pan with a lid and let it simmer for an hour. The liquid must boil down and thicken when the curry is ready. Poke jackfruit with a knife or a fork for readiness. The flesh should be soft and separate into threads like pulled pork.
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  12. Serve with steamed rice and any other curries.