Meet The Man Bringing Jackfruit Again to Indian Kitchens in New Avatars


Aman Chhabra based ‘Kathalfy’ to reintroduce jackfruit into city diets, creating a spread of ready-to-eat merchandise resulting from its well being advantages and to scale back waste.

This text has been sponsored by Kathalfy.

Rising up in Ramgarh, Jharkhand, Aman Chhabra remembers his mom making ready scrumptious dishes with jackfruit, a available vegetable. Nonetheless, now at 33 and residing in Mumbai, he observed the absence of jackfruit in each households and restaurant menus.

“Jackfruit just isn’t a well-liked vegetable selection for city residents as a result of it’s laborious to seek out. And even when accessible, cleansing and cooking it’s a time-consuming activity. So steadily, jackfruit misplaced its place in our every day weight loss plan that’s now largely dominated by lab-grown meals merchandise,” he explains.

To make jackfruit future-ready, Aman determined to simplify the accessibility to kathal. To attain this, he launched a startup ‘Kathalfy’, which at present provides 13 kinds of ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook jackfruit objects — from jackfruit makhani, jackfruit tikka masala, jackfruit Malabar curry, jackfruit Lucknowi keema to merchandise like seed flour, pickles, pancake combine, vacuum fried chips and even goodies!

Kathalfy offers 13 varieties of ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook jackfruit items.
Kathalfy provides 13 kinds of ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook jackfruit objects.

Not simply your common vegetable

After finishing his commencement from Shri Ram School of Commerce, Delhi College, Aman moved to Mumbai to pursue a profession within the occasions and leisure trade. “In 2013, I began an occasion administration firm and it was performing properly till the COVID-19 pandemic hit,” he says.

For the preliminary couple of months, Aman loved cooking as a interest and spent his days watching a brand new internet collection. “However I realised that I couldn’t sit idle for lengthy. I began conceptualising concepts which are futuristic, purpose-driven and which don’t get affected by a pandemic state of affairs,” he provides.

Ultimately, Aman zeroed right down to the meals processing trade. “With the pandemic, individuals turned extra well being aware and began switching to plant-based diets. I examine numerous meals objects that India generously produces like bananas, jamun and jackfruit. However the latter hit me laborious after I discovered that just about Rs 2,000 crore value of jackfruit goes to waste yearly in India,” he provides.

Aman says, he has always focussed on selling jackfruit to uplift its social status.
Aman says he has at all times focussed on promoting jackfruit to uplift its social standing.

”At a time when individuals had been targeted on producing protein-based meals in labs, the nutrient-rich jackfruit was going to waste. I deliberate to work in the direction of a greater worth proposition of this fruit out there,” he says.

From founder’s kitchen to yours

In the present day, Kathalfy has been in a position to stack 1000’s of family pantries with jackfruit meals objects. Each month, the model caters to not less than 600 orders from throughout the nation majorly from states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, and the Delhi-NCR area.

However this journey additionally got here with its set of challenges, the primary being conceptualising a variety of distinctive meals objects. Through the preliminary years of analysis and growth, Aman met a number of jackfruit farmers, meals scientists, and establishments to provide you with distinctive recipes. However nobody might satisfactorily assist him in growing the merchandise he envisioned.

Throughout his interview with Shree Padre although, a jackfruit activist and journalist, he learnt how minimal processing of jackfruit might do wonders and assist clear up most of India’s way of life issues like diabetes and coronary heart illnesses whereas diversifying their meals plates, naturally.

Every month, Kathalfy caters to at least 600 orders from across the country.
Each month, Kathalfy caters to not less than 600 orders from throughout the nation.

So with out shedding hope, Aman took the matter into his personal fingers. “I used to strive totally different recipes and accumulate suggestions from my mates and neighbours. After a number of trials and optimistic suggestions, I employed an expert chef to assist develop the recipes,” he says.

Lastly, after three years of analysis and growth, Kathalfy was in a position to launch the merchandise in April final 12 months, although being formally registered in 2021.

“For Indians, in relation to meals, style is a very powerful issue. Therefore growing merchandise which are delectable to the style buds whereas retaining their vitamins and preserving them freed from synthetic chemical substances has at all times been my aim. I solely wished to promote merchandise that my household and I might devour ourselves,” he provides.

Aman says, “Since day one, I’ve focussed on promoting jackfruit to uplift its social standing. Not like different manufacturers, I by no means wished to time period it a meat substitute product. As a substitute, I at all times promote jackfruit for what it’s, which can be mirrored in our model identify Kathalfy, which is Kathal plus Simplify.”

“I’m glad that our buyer base is growing month on month and folks as soon as once more are together with kathal of their diets whereas loving the style of our merchandise. Anyway, it’s only the start. There’s a lengthy approach to go,” he remarks.

You should purchase jackfruit-based merchandise from Kathalfy right here.

(Edited by Pranita Bhat; All photographs courtesy Kathalfy)

Dietary and Well being Advantages of Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam.): A Evaluate: Revealed in PubMed Central in January 2019.


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