Vaatehuli (Monkey Jack)
Vaate Huli, also known as Monkey Jack, is a rare ingredient sourced from the dried outer shells of the fruits of Artocarpus lacucha. It is a unique souring agent that is commonly used in South Indian cuisine to add a distinct sour taste to rasam and curries. Vaate Huli is often used as an alternative to tamarind in cooking and is highly prized for its distinctive flavour.
To use it, grid it and make it a powder and add it to whatever dish you are preparing. Otherwise, you can also soak it in water and use its juice, similar to tamarind.
Apart from its culinary uses, Vaate Huli also has several medicinal properties and is used in Ayurvedic medicine. It is believed to aid digestion and improve overall gut health, making it an important ingredient in many Ayurvedic remedies.
Vaate Huli is a rare ingredient and is not commonly found outside of South India. It is highly valued by chefs and food enthusiasts alike for its unique flavour and versatility in cooking. Due to its limited availability, it is often sold at a premium and is considered a delicacy in many parts of India.