Breadfruit Fry

It would not be a surprise if a lot of you do not know what a breadfruit is. Well this fruit belongs to the jackfruit family and seems to be originally from the New Guinea, Malaku Islands and Philippines. It then spread to the other parts of the world during the Colonial era. That is how, I suppose, it must have come to Goa. 

The breadfruit tree which bears the fruits grows upto almost 85 ft in height. The fruit itself is rich in carbohydrates and packed with nutrients. Because it is mainly found in tropical regions, you could think of it as tropical potato and that too nutritious! It can be eaten steamed, boiled, baked and fried depending on how you like it. In Goa, breadfruit is called Nirphanas and is most popularly consumed as shallow or deep fried. My mom-in-law was from Mangeshi and hence I was fortunate to learn the traditional recipe from her. 

This dish is called Nirphansache Kaap(नीरफणसाचे काप) in marathi and is shallow fried like fish. It just tastes awesome and is a favourite with my family. Here is the recipe:

Breadfruit

Ingredients 

  1. Breadfruit 1
  2. Rice flour – 1 cup
  3. Gram flour – 1/8th of a cup
  4. Semolina – 1/4th of a cup
  5. Salt – to taste
  6. Chiili powder – 2 tsp
  7. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  8. Oil for frying

Method

  1. Peel the breadfruit and cut it into half or quarters depending on the size of it. Remove the core. Then cut it into thin slices about slightly less than a cm.
  2. Add salt, chilli powder and turmeric and marinate for half an hour.
  3. Mix together rice flour, gram flour and semolina and season with salt and chilli powder.
  4. Coat the breadfruit slices in this and shallow fry on tawa till they cook and crisp up. Cook covered for some time so that they cook quickly. Serve hot.

This is our family favourite and more so because breadfruit is rarely available in Pune. You can also deep fry covered in a gram flour batter like pakodas. The slices need to be cut uniformly and of correct thickness. It serves as a great side dish and is quite simple and minimalistic to prepare. So if you can find breadfruit in your area do give this dish a try.

Banana Buns

Buns as they are called in Goa are a cross between a puri and bread, They are actually snacks that are made in variation in the coastal regions of Goa and Karnataka, especially Udupi and Mangalore. They are fried like puris and puff up like them but the interior is rather flaky and filled like a bun and hence the name. They are served with vegetable curry like Kurma or with chutney. You can sweeten them more and can have them just like that sans any accompaniment! Thats my favourite way of eating them. Continue reading “Banana Buns”

Alsandyache Tonak

The title sounds all Greek and Latin isn’t it? Well it is Goan in fact 🙂 Let me explain. Alsande is a kind of legume grown mainly in Goa and Karnataka. Its actually a black eyed pea belonging to the cow pea family. Its extremely tasty and cooks very well. Tonak is  colloquial version of Tondak which refers to a type of masala or gravy. This is an extremely tasty dish and is usually had with Goan bread called poi. You could have it with pav or slice bread as well. Continue reading “Alsandyache Tonak”

Sprouted Mung Side – Goan Style

Last couple of months have been tough world wide! The mayhem caused by the the virus COVID 19 continues and we all are trying to stay safe. We can take care by staying indoors, by practising social distancing and staying healthy and calm.  To stay healthy it is important to consume healthy food, food that is rich in protein. It is common knowledge that proteins are a very important part of  our diet. Not only do they build and repair body tissue but they also help to fight viral and bacterial infections. So this function of proteins of increasing the body immunity to fight infections is what is really important today.  Continue reading “Sprouted Mung Side – Goan Style”