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Adjust Servings:
2 cans Jackfruit
2 tablespoons Olive oil
2 Bay leaves
2 teaspoons Garlic paste
1/2 teaspoon Orange zest
1 tablespoon Red chili paste If you have it, use Pimenta Moida
1 teaspoon Dried onion
1 teaspoon Turmeric
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
To taste Salt and pepper
1/3 cup Tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon Vegetable powder
3/4 cup Water Alternatively, use lager beer

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  • Gluten-Free

Jackfruit is the best pulled “pork” of the vegan world. Try it in this traditional Portuguese recipe packed with flavour! (Warning: it’s hot!)

  • 25 minutes
  • Serves 4
  • Easy




This Portuguese version of pulled pork has a ton of flavour and is very easy to prepare. We have used jackfruit as our base, and then maintained the elements of the traditional recipe to maintain all the flavour. Jackfruit really shines in this dish: accompany it with some plain white rice though… it’s hot!

To prepare your caçoila, start with heating the olive oil together with the spices. Mix it well and then add the jackfruit (we have used canned jackfruit). Cook for a few minutes, stirring, then season with salt and pepper. Add the cherry tomatoes, tomato sauce, and either vegetable broth or lager beer.

Cover with a lid and cook for fifteen or twenty minutes, until the rice is cooked. At this point, your jackfruit will be soft and come apart very easily. Use a hand potato masher to roughly pull the jackfruit apart and serve hot with the rice!

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15 minutes

Cook the rice

Cook the rice in a rice steamer or cooker.

2 minutes

Prepare the spice base

While the rice is cooking, in a casserole, heat the oil with the spices. Mix them well and cook for one minute, or until they start to release their fragrance.

18 minutes

Add the jackfruit and cook

Drain the jackfruit chunks from their water and transfer to the casserole. Stir to enrobing them well with the spice mix, season with salt and pepper, and then add the tomato sauce, water and vegetable powder (alternatively, substitute the vegetable broth with lager beer). Cover with a lid and cook for 15-16 minutes, until the rice is ready.



Transfer the cooked rice to your serving dishes and top with a generous portion of caçoila. Enjoy!


I'm an IT professional with a background in journalism. Creating blogs with WordPress is a hobby and a passion of mine. Vegetarian since 2010, vegan since 2012, when I met Jeff I tempted his taste buds with my cooking and it's been love ever since.

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