Kumbilappam/ Chakkayappam (Jack fruit Dumplings)
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Chakkayappam is commonly made snack, at most homes in Kerala during the Jackfruit season. These are dumplings made out of jackfruit puree, jaggery, coconut and rice. The mixture is wrapped with Indian Bay leaves(Cinnamomum tamala) , which imparts a distinct flavour to the dumplings. This snack has various names like Kumbilappam, Theraliyappam, Edanayappam etc, though the recipe remains pretty much the same.
Of all the Kumbilappams I have had, my favourite has to be the ones prepared by Amma, my MIL. What I like the most about her Kumbilappam is that they are really soft. As our Kerala visits coincides with the Jackfruit season, Amma usually prepares them for us. Amma is a fabulous cook and is always willing to share recipes and tips with me. So this time, while preparing Kumbilappam, she made sure to measure all the ingredients, so that I could get the exact recipe.