We love this quick and easy breadfruit recipe at home, it’s a great healthier, vegan and gluten-free snack for in between or you can serve it too with rice and curry.
It’s a staple in Goa, India and an inexpensive breadfruit could be your next favorite super food delicacy in your daily life!
Learn how to prepare and fry breadfruit further below.
In fact, for some of us the humble breadfruit is a totally knew discovery! I am kind of obsessed with using this fruit these days in my cooking and I want others to catch the Breadfruit “obsession” as well, that’s why I want to share my quick and easy breadfruit recipe.
What is breadfruit and how does it taste like?
Breadfruit is a starchy round fruit, which is about 05-1kg heavy. The consistency and flavor can be much compared to a potato. It’s kind of tasteless however it can suck in flavors, such as marination and spice blends so well, that it makes a great vegan & gluten-free healthy food option for many.
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Where to buy breadfruit?
Breadfruit commonly grows in tropical climates and countries such as in South East Asia, India and on the Caribbean Islands including Jamaica, Puerto Rico and all the other smaller Islands.
So, you will find the breadfruit easily in local markets in these parts of the world, however up until now you will be mostly out of luck if you are looking to buy a fresh breadfruit in a local super market in Europe.
Breadfruit is close related to Jackfruit, Soursop and Custard apple. If you get these fruits in your local store, you might be able to buy the breadfruit as well. Check out my tropical garden 1 and tropical garden 2 to see some of the tropical trees that I mentioned.
If you have seen the breadfruit somewhere in the western world sold in a market or supermarket, please share the place and location with us in a comment further below. Your help might assist others looking for the breadfruit.
The breadfruit could be bought for 10 INR (~0,15 €) a few years back, now one fruit costs about 10 times more, however it’s still a cheap produce which can feed quite a few mouth and with the right breadfruit recipe, the fried breadfruit turns into an amazing healthy snack!
If you are traveling and looking for the fruit in a market, here are the different breadfruit names:
The Breadfruit’s botanical name is Artocarpus altilis yet in your corner of the world the breadfruit might be known under a different name, such as fruit a pain (French), Brotfrucht (German), Frutipan (Spanish), Fruta-pao (Portugues), Ulu (Hawai’i), Uru (Tahiti), Dhel (Sri Lanka), Buah Sukun (Malaysia) and Yaca (Mexico).
In India you might find the breadfruit under the following names in your local market: Ber Halasu, Seema Chakka, Kada Chakka, Jeevi Halasu, Jeev Kadgi or even Jeegujje.
Somehow I couldn’t find a name for it in Hindi, mostly I guess because the breadfruit is only commonly grown in South India.
There are a couple of reasons why you should add breadfruit to your diet (if you can).
- The fruit flesh is considered tasteless, and soaks in flavors easily. The fruit gets sweeter the riper it is, yet it never gets as sweet as other fruits do. That means we get to choose, if we would like to prepare it for a savory dish or if we would prefer to turn it into a sweet dessert.
- You can boil the breadfruit, fry it, roast it, bake it or turn it into a flour. Breadfruit flour is Gluten-free.
- The Breadfruit might be 25% Carbs, yet it contains other useful nutrients for our body. The fruit is a rich source of fiber, controlling your cholesterol levels and it contains Omega essential fats.Usually those healthy essential fats are found in meats such as fish, so in my opinion that should be the first reason for Vegetarians to get hold of the bread fruit.Another interesting fact is that you fill find a good amount of Vitamin C, which are Antioxidants and those are known as cancer cell killers.
- A breadfruit tree grows a tremendous amount of fruits every season. In India the trees are heavy with fruits and a breadfruit tree grows very fast and starts to give fruit in the 2nd or 3rd year already. That is why the humble breadfruit was connected to the world food security program, since the trees require little space compared to wheat fields and one grown tree can give in average 100 fruits (!).
So, breadfruits are quite versatile and delicious at the same time if you know how to prepare it! I felt reluctant to use the fruit in my cooking the first time I saw it, since I didn’t know how to use it.
I prepared a quick and easy breadfruit recipe for you this time, which is a bit spiced. You can make it as a snack or use the fried breadfruit as a little side with curry and rice.
Simply cut the fruit and marinate it for a while, then fry (or bake) and serve it hot. If you don’t like it spicy, then just omit the Chili powder but add the Turmeric Powder because it’s not hot spicy, yet will give flavor.
Quick and Easy Breadfruit Recipe – Learn how to prepare and fry breadfruit below:
- 1 ripe Breadfruit
- dash white Wine Vinegar (I use Coconut Vinegar)
- 2 flat Tablespoons Turmeric Powder
- ½ Tablespoon Chili Powder
- pinch Salt
- pinch Pepper
- 2 Teaspoon Garam Masala
- 2 Tablespoon Garlic Paste
- Optional: Chaat Masala to garnish
- Before you start preparing the breadfruit, you ought to oil your hands, your cutting board and your knife. The fruit emits a sticky substance and working with oil makes it all much easier!
- Peel the Breadfruit, then half and quarter it. Discard the fruit core. The fruit will change color, that's alright.
- Cut the fruit into 1 cm thick slices and make some cuts on it. The cuts will be helpful while marinating it.
- Place the slices into a container and throw in all the above mentioned ingredients. That means the vinegar, the turmeric powder, the chili powder, the salt & Pepper, the garam masala and the garlic paste. Marinate the fruit well with your hands and keep standing for at least 30 minutes.
- Heat up some cooking oil in a pan and once hot add the marinated fruit slices. Fry on each side for 5 minutes or until both sides are golden brown and a bit crisp.
- Garnish with some Chaat Masala if you want and serve hot as a snack or as a rice curry side dish.