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12 September, 2013

J for Jackfruit Cake or Dhonas

Posted in : Baked, Blogging Marathon, Cashew Nuts, Coconut, Dessert, Egg less, Goan, Healthy food, Jackfruit, jaggery on by : ArchanaPotdar Tags: , , , ,

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My friend Sangeeta rang me up and asked me if we like jackfruit. She told me that she had 2 from her father’s orchards; one of them she said is kappa and the other rasal. Will I be interested in them both!

For uninitiated kappa phanas, phanas is what a jackfruit is called in Marathi and Konkani, kappa is where you get lovely jackfruit, and the fruit is firm not sticky and can hold its shape. Rasal is, you guessed right all the opposite, it’s sticky and tends to be slimy!  There is little wonder that kappa phanas is in great demand.

But out of rasal phanas you can make phanas poli and dhonas. The two things i know of! And So I agreed.  I got the recipe from Sangeeta herself she told me the methodology and the measures but then I forgot all the measures. So who else do you turn to? My Google friend and i found this recipe at the site .

So here is what you will need to make the Dhonas, a traditional Goan Sweet that can be steamed or baked. The sweet is made from cucumbers too but then it is called Tousule.

I used Bombay rava as i did not have the thicker one stocked at home please use that to get a better texture and taste.


  • 2 cups jackfruit pulp
  • 1 cup rava
  • 1 cup jaggery, grated
  • 1 cup coconut
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Cashewnuts


  • Remove the seeds from the jackfruit and run it through a sieve. I used the Puran Yantra its easier and faster. The idea is the paste must be smooth. Now measure the pulp.
  • Dry roast the rava on low flame till you get an aroma. Set aside to cool.
  • As the rava is cooling mix the jaggery and the jackfruit pulp and allow the jaggery to melt. This takes some time.
  • Once the jaggary has melted stir in the salt and the coconut and the cashewnuts. Lastly add the rava and mix well.( I had very few cashewnut thanks to the raid in my kitchen and last few that i  had were picked clean off the cake)!
  • Transfer to a greased tray and bake at 160⁰C in a preheated oven. The bake is done when the knife inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool and serve.

In this series of blogging with alphabets here is what I have already blogged about.

A-Aliv che Ladoo

B- Baked Potatoes

C- Chane-cho-ras

D-Drunkard’s Noodles

E- Eggless Pancakes

F- Fried Egg



I-Insalata Caprese Indianised

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0 thoughts on : J for Jackfruit Cake or Dhonas

  • KP
    September 12, 2013 at 7:49 am

    I love jackfruit in any form.In Kerala they make Chaka pradhaman,a sweet item with jaggery and it is so delicious.Haven’t tasted dhonas.Wish they are available in shops.You are coming up with mind boggling variety of dishes in this marathon.

    • September 12, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks KP sir for the beautiful comment. Come down to Goa and we will see that you get dhonas.

  • September 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Super like, such an interesting and super delicious jackfruit cake..Love to have a slice.

  • September 12, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    wow that an very veyr innovative and delicious looking cake dear 🙂 it have come out so moist!! loving it

  • September 13, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Yummy yummy jackfruit cake.

  • September 13, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Oh that’s great to read about Jackfruit Archana, and yes this might be a great one for P as well..:)

  • Sandhya Karandikar
    September 13, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Wonderful. A new Jackfruit recipe and that too baked one.

  • September 15, 2013 at 5:35 am

    OMG! So many ways to cook with jack fruit!! amazing!

  • PJ
    September 15, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Nice to know about the jackfruit varieties Archana and the cake looks nice too…

  • September 16, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    This cake looks super inviting. Haven’t tried using jack fruit in bakes…

  • September 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    wow another great jackfruit recipe!! delicious!!


  • September 21, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Jackfruit, like coconut milk, is very common in Kerala. We make chakka varatti, chakka pradhaman and ela ada (Goans also have something similar – stuffed jacfruit steamed in turmeric leaves)…This is a new one for me (again!!!)

  • September 21, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Oh no.wait again, I have heard about dhonas before!! Just don’t remember where, though!

  • September 24, 2013 at 7:50 am

    After seeing all your jackfruit recipes, I really feel like eating some. Such a lovely recipe.

  • September 24, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    This is new to me…Looks delicious Archana

  • September 29, 2013 at 11:53 am

    i have yet to eat jack fruit….never tasted this..but sounds good.

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  • February 13, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Thank you for share.I like to eat Jackfruit.

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