Hop on to taste the jackfruit mela! As the season for this mouth-watering fruit hits its peak, Lumiere Organic Restaurant, Marathalli, is on a mission to celebrate its excellence. The organic jackfruit festival, from May 15 - 19, features over 98 unique dishes made from jackfruit and other organic ingredients.Why Jackfruit you ask? “Although jackfruit is indigenous to India and well known to locals, it has been highly neglected. It deserves its due respect,” says Manjunath P, one of the organisers.
Jackfruit is much more than just a fruit. It is a complete package in terms of utility. The fruit and the seed are edible; the leaves are used as wrapping in cooking and as plates to serve dishes and finally even the wood is used to manufacture musical instruments.”It is a amalgamation of 50 per cent tradition and 50 per cent innovation,” chuckles Manjunath when asked how he managed to come up with so many ideas. “Ours is a health oriented organic mission which aims to get into your kitchen,” he explains.
Ambrose, another key organiser, has displayed immense creativity by painting the walls of the restaurant and store a mixture of spinach and methi leaves. The most thrilling part of the food festival is that all the innovative recipes are by Manjunath and Ambrose. From jack fruit kachori to a jack fruit sizzler! They have an enormous variety of dishes from their team who have been sweating it out to get it right at their kitchen.
Some of the interesting dishes that we came across are Jack fruit Varatti, Jack fruit plum cake, Jack fruit muffins, Jack fruit tart, Jack fruit kulfi, Jack fruit halwa, Jack fruit crossiont, Jack fruit toffees!