Sri Lankan Polos Jackfruit Curry Recipe Kolamba

Kolamba’s polos (young jackfruit curry)

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Make a vegan Sri Lankan feast tonight, with a jackfruit curry recipe straight from the kitchen of Kolamba in London. You'll need plenty of fresh spices and a tin of green jackfruit


Make this vegan young jackfruit curry, then check out more vegan curry recipes such as our easy spinach, chickpea & potato curry.

This dish is topped with deep-fried shallots and curry leaves at Kolamba, but we find shop-bought crispy onions are a handy cheat. Read our review of Kolamba restaurant here.



  • rapeseed oil 2 tbsp
  • black mustard seeds ½ tsp
  • fenugreek seeds ½ tsp
  • onion 1, finely chopped
  • garlic 2 cloves, finely chopped
  • green chilli 1, finely chopped
  • mild curry powder 1 tsp
  • ground cumin 1 tsp
  • ground coriander ½ tsp
  • mild chilli powder ½ tsp
  • ground turmeric 1 tsp
  • cinnamon 1 stick
  • tomato 1 medium, chopped
  • curry leaves 6-8
  • pandan leaf 5cm piece, (optional, see notes below)
  • green jackfruit 500g tin, drained
  • coconut milk 240ml
  • lime juice 1 tbsp
  • sugar (any will do) 1 tsp
  • fine sea salt ​3⁄4 tbsp
  • ready-made crispy fried onions 2 tbsp
  • cooked rice to serve


  • Step 1

    Heat the rapeseed oil over a medium heat and fry the mustard and fenugreek seeds for 1 minute until popping. Add the onion, garlic, chilli, curry powder, cumin, coriander, chilli powder, turmeric, cinnamon, tomato, curry leaves and pandan leaf, if using. Stir continuously for 3-5 minutes or until the tomato starts to break down.

  • Step 2

    Tip in the jackfruit, coconut milk, lime juice, sugar, salt and 120ml of water. Bring to a boil, put on a lid and gently simmer for 1 hour or until the jackfruit is very soft. Top the curry with the crispy onions and serve with rice.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 290
  • Fat 19.5g
  • Saturates 9.2g
  • Carbs 24.1g
  • Sugars 18.4g
  • Fibre 2.0g
  • Protein 3.5g
  • Salt 2.6g