RECIPE: The many uses of breadfruit

Thursday 18 March 2021 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Features, Food

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RECIPE: The many uses of breadfruit
Curried lentil soup with baked kuru chips. 21031725

There are many ways to use breadfruit in your cooking, and baked kuru chips with curried lentil soup is one of my favourites, writes Alana Fonmanu.

Red lentils is a main staple in my home, I love to always have it on hand in my pantry so I can make this easy and simple dish whenever we feel like it.

My family and I love breadfruit and we always grab the opportunity of picking them as much as we can.

You can use breadfruit in so many ways like chips, boiled for kinaki, as a potato substitute in potato salads, a base as a cheese sauce, a kuru bake and so much more! So for those who have a breadfruit tree, grab those breadfruits and get cooking!

LENTIL SOUP

Ingredients

1 whole green onion diced

5 cloves of garlic minced

1 to 2 thumbs of fresh ginger minced

1/4 tsp Pink Himalayan salt to taste

3 celery stalks

4 button mushrooms

2 large carrots

1 thumb of fresh turmeric or 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder

1 pack of red lentils or 2 to 3 cups

1 cup of fresh coconut cream

½ cup of fresh coriander chopped

Coconut oil for frying

Instructions

1. In a saucepan, heat your coconut oil and fry your onion until they are soft and translucent

2. Then add your garlic and ginger until fragrant.

3. Next, add your veges and sauté for 5 mins.

4. Add your (washed and rinsed) red lentils and water (until covered) and let it boil until the lentils are soft and most of the water is absorbed.

5. Add your turmeric, salt, and mushrooms and stir

6. Once lentils are soft, add the coconut cream and fresh coriander.

7. TIP – lentils soak a lot of water so keep adding a little bit of water gradually if needed while cooking.

KURU CHIPS

Ingredients

½ breadfruit sliced

– (thick cuts)

Sea salt

Organic coconut oil – make sure its organic cold pressed to get the flavour!

Herb salt

Nutritional yeast - optional

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees or high heat

2. Add the dry mix, oil and sliced breadfruit to a bowl then mix and toss well so they are evenly coated

3. Spread out the breadfruit pieces on a foil-lined baking tray and bake for 18-20 minutes.

4. Add to your bowl of your fragrant lentil soup.