Homemade Breadfruit Chips or Nachos Recipe

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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 Mumbai, 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 anyone on a gluten-free diet. It can be used instead of rice flour, cornflour, 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.

How to clean breadfruit?

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Breadfruit

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

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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!

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Use oil to prevent itching

Anyways, the breadfruit leaks 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.

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Slice into wedges

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

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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.

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They turn brown quickly

Also, they turn brown after being exposed to air.

What Ingredients Do You Need to Make Breadfruit Chips?

Breadfruit of course, and then the spices to marinade like turmeric powder, chilli powder, garam masala, salt, pepper, asafoetida, vinegar, and oil for frying.

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How to make breadfruit chips?

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. Or even round chips like we do for sweet potatoes.

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

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

Chopped breadfruit - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork.
Chopped breadfruit

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.

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!

Add chilly powder, turmeric and garam masala - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork.
Add chilly powder, turmeric, and garam masala
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Leave the breadfruit to marinate

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

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

Next step! Fry the breadfruit in 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 them crispy outside and mulchy inside taste.

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Fry the breadfruit

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

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It loses water and turns darker yellow

Once fully fried, the breadfruit turns brown and crispy, and not to forget yummy! Place them on a paper towel to drain and then serve!

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

What to do with leftover breadfruit chips?

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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. 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.

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Fry till the cheese melts
Bread fruit nachos are ready - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork.
Breadfruit nachos are ready

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

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!

Cooking Tips & Tricks

  • Lather your hand with coconut oil before you chop the breadfruit, as the pulp it secretes can cause itchiness.
  • If you want crispy breadfruit chips, deep fry them.
  • If you do not like it too spicy, just add salt or pepper, this taste good too!
  • Use the breadfruit chips as Nachos if you have extra leftover.
  • Breadfruit flour is gluten-free.

FAQ’s about Breadfruit Chips

How long can you store Breadfruit chips?

Breadfruit chips can be stored in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks in a refrigerator and 3 months in a freezer. Reheat before serving. But also remember that when you store the breadfruit chips, they lose their crispiness, and are best used as breadfruit nachos when reheated.

Can Breadfruit chips be re-heated?

Yes, you can reheat breadfruit chips that have been refrigerated or frozen after they thaw for a while.

Is Breadfruit healthy?

Yes, breadfruit has quite a number of health benefits.

What are the other names for Breadfruit?

Breadfruit is called नीरफणस or nir phanas in Marathi. It’s also called bakri chajhar in Hindi and also uru or kada chakka or l’arbre à pain or l’fruit à pain in other languages.

Can Breadfruit be eaten raw?

Breadfruit can be eaten raw if it is ripe but has to be cooked if it is unripe.

Is Breadfruit a fruit or vegetable?

Breadfruit is a fruit that is eaten as a vegetable.

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Homemade Breadfruit Nachos or Chips Recipe

Abby
Breadfruit chips are one of our favorite fried breadfruit recipes to make at home. The homemade breadfruit chips or nachos are yummy and gluten free!
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Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 30 mins
Resting Time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Snacks
Cuisine Indian

Ingredients
  

For the Breadfruit Chips

For the Breadfruit Nachos made from leftover Breadfruit Chips

  • 2 Green Peppers (Capsicum)
  • 100 g 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!

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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 Nachos - By Abby from TheWingedFork.
Bread fruit Nachos - By Abby from TheWingedFork.
Bread fruit Chips - By Abby from TheWingedFork.

4 thoughts on “Homemade Breadfruit Chips or Nachos Recipe”

  1. I don’t know how you did so many. I just tried one and it took me almost an hour. But they did turn out nice and crispy. Didn’t have any left over to try the cheese recipe.5 stars

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