Breadfruit Chips or Nachos

We love breadfruit! It’s sometimes crispy and sometimes mulchy snack, depending on how you cook it. It’s also really a perfect family member of the jackfruit, although like every cousin, it’s really different.

We only get breadfruit in India during Feb or March. It’s locally called नीरफणस or nir phanas in Marathi. it’s also called bakri chajhar in Hindi, but we go by the local name of neer phanas or breadfruit. I mean whatever you call it, nir phanas or uru or kada chakka or l’arbre à pain or l’fruit à pain it’s still the same thing right, yummy doughy breadfruit.

And each tree gives about 50 to 200 breadfruit, which is quite a good amount, isn’t it? I mean, each breadfruit weighs about a kg alone, so just think how full your kitchen will be with 100 or 200 of them. Makes me want to plant a breadfruit tree soon. Or maybe I just want to plant the tree, because it looks really nice when it’s heavy with fruit?

BreadFruit Tree - TheWingedFork
BreadFruit Tree

Breadfruit! Why is it called breadfruit? Well, because when you cook it, it gets mulchy and tastes just like bread. Simple ain’t it?

And breadfruit flour is the perfect substitute for any one on a gluten free diet. It can be used instead of rice flour, corn flour and others. So there’s another plus for this mighty fruit. Anyways, here’s how to make breadfruit chips, a spicy Indian version of this food.

Breadfruit - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Breadfruit

Here we have a handful of breadfruit just off our friend’s tree.

Breadfruit are tough to chop - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
They are tough to chop

Here’s my dad trying to chop them. They are seriously tough to chop! Seriously times ten tough to chop!

Oil to prevent itching - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Use oil to prevent itching

Anyways, the breadfruit leak a sort of goop that gets you itchy. So it’s best to chop them or better yet touch them after you have lathered your hands with coconut oil.

Slice bread fruit into wedges - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Slice into wedges

First off, start by slicing them into apple like wedges.

Skin the breadfruit - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Skin the breadfruit

Then skin the breadfruit. Here’s mom helping dad to skin ’em.

Looks like a honeycomb - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Looks like a honeycomb

If you take a close up pic of the breadfruit once they’ve been exposed to air, you’ll find they look just like a honeycomb.

They turn brown quickly - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
They turn brown quickly

Also, they turn brown after being exposed to air.

Chop the breadfruit into wedges - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Chop the breadfruit into wedges

Okay, getting on now. Chop the breadfruit into wedges. We choose one inch wedges because they’re easier to fry and perfectly bite sized; but you can try long potato chip sized wedges if you want to.

Chopped breadfruit - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Chopped breadfruit

Don’t they look lovely once they’re all chopped up?

Add chilly powder, turmeric and garam masala - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Add chilly powder, turmeric and garam masala

Carrying on! Add your spices to the chopped breadfruit. There are really no fixed measurements, we just throw some in randomly. But each breadfruit weighs between half a kg to 1.5 kgs, so keep that in mind while figuring out how spicy you want it.

Marinate Breadfruit - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Leave the breadfruit to marinate

We marinate our breadfruit with vinegar, turmeric powder, chilli powder, garam masala, salt and pepper. And if you want that extra zing, add some hing (asafoetida)!

If you’re not too fond of spices, just make the chips with plain old salt. That tastes great too!

Marinate Breadfruit - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
The breadfruit catches the turmeric color after an hour of resting

We leave it to rest for an hour and see that the breadfruit has captured the colour of the turmeric.

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Fry the breadfruit

Next step! Fry the breadfruit in a oil. Deep frying is best. But given the quantity of oil it uses, we prefer to shallow fry. Another difference – deep fry the breadfruit if you want them extra crispy, shallow fry if you like the crispy outside and mulchy inside taste.

Fry the breadfruit - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
It loses water and turns darker yellow

After frying, the breadfruit loses oil and turns a darker yellow colour, almost like a pineapple.

Fried and Yummy breadfruit! - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Fried and ready. Yummy breadfruit!

Once fully fried, the breadfruit turn brown and crispy, and not to forget yummy!

Place them on a paper towel to drain and then serve!

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Add cheese and green pepper

If you have leftover breadfruit after a few days, (which we sometimes do, because we make a lot of chips at once), here’s what you can do with them.

Dice a few green peppers and grate mozzarella cheese over them.

Fry till the cheese melts - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Fry till the cheese melts

Heat it in an oven or frying pan for 5 to 10 minutes and it’s ready to serve. It could be a meal just by itself.

Bread fruit nachos are ready - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Bread fruit nachos are ready

And that’s it! Our breadfruit nachos are ready!

Bread fruit Nachos - By Abby from TheWingedFork

Do you use breadfruit for making nachos or chips? What’s your recipe? Or if this is the first time you tried making breadfruit nachos, did you like my mom’s recipe? Comment and let me know. I’ll make sure she reads it!

Bread fruit Nachos - By Abby from TheWingedFork

Breadfruit Nachos or Chips Recipe

Breadfruit chips are one of our favorite fried breadfruit recipes to make at home. The breadfruit chips or nachos are yummy and gluten free!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time30 mins
Resting Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Author: Abby

Ingredients

For the Breadfruit Chips

  • 5 Breadfruit
  • 5 Tbsp Salt
  • 10 Tbsp Vinegar Apple Cider works nicely
  • 5 Tbsp Chilly Powder
  • 3 Tbsp Garam Masala
  • 3 Tbsp Turmeric
  • 1 Tbsp Asafoetida Hing

For the Breadfruit Nachos made from leftover Breadfruit Chips

  • 2 Green Peppers
  • 100 Grams Mozzarella

Instructions

Breadfruit Chips

  • Chop the breadfruit into wedges.
  • Add vinegar, salt, pepper, chilly powder, turmeric and garam masala. Or anything else you prefer. (They taste great, with just plain ‘ol salt too.)
  • Add asafoetida or hing for some extra zing. (If you’re gluten free, make sure your hing is not processed with wheat. Buy gluten free.)
  • Leave the breadfruit to rest for an hour.
  • Deep fry the breadfruit if you want them extra crispy, shallow fry if you like the crispy outside and mulchy inside taste.
  • Drain the oil on a paper towel and serve!

Breadfruit Nachos

  • If you have leftover breadfruit chips after a few days, just throw them in a pan with a few diced green peppers. 
  • Grate mozzarella cheese over the the chips and green pepper.  
  • Fry for 5 to 10 minutes and serve!

Notes

  • We’ve used 5 breadfruit here, but even if you use just 1 breadfruit, you’ll have more than enough chips.
  • The quantity of spices can be adjusted depending on your tastebuds. 
  • These chips can be made with just plain salt too. 
Bread fruit Chips - By Abby from TheWingedFork

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Post Author: Abby

I'm a foodie and travel blogger, still making my way out of the daily 9-to-5, or 9-to-7 rather. But I make time to travel as often as possible. I've travelled across parts of Europe and Asia, and love writing about my experiences with people and cultures. And naturally, I love food, wine and travel, and have an endless bucket list of places to go to, and experiences I must blog about. My favorite things - nice rainy days, the smell of cakes in the oven, playing in the snow, glasses of wine and dark chocolate.

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