Breadfruit fry (Nirponos fry) a recipe from the Goan cuisine
Breadfruit fry (nirponos fry) is very commonly eaten in Goa. Breadfruit is available in the Goan local market during summer season. It is also called ‘Nirponos’ in local konkani language.
Majority of hindu goans do not eat non veg food for at least 2 days in a week. They devote these days to their deities. Fish loving goans prefer to eat Breadfruit fry (nirponos fry) while eating vegetarian food as a replacement of fish fry.
I recollect those days when my mother prepared such breadfruit fry (nirponos fry) and served us along-with rice and dal. We loved this breadfruit fry(nirponos fry), as its taste resembled somewhat of the kingfish.
Breadfruit fry(nirponos fry) can be eaten as a starter or as a side dish with rice or a teatime snack.
Health benefits of breadfruit (Nirponos):
Breadfruit contains lots of calories. 100 g fresh fruit gives 102 calories. Breadfruit contains vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, iron and phosphorous.
It is an excellent source of potassium. All these minerals and vitamins provide essential nutrients to the body.
Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins
Breadfuit slices: 12 (1/4th of medium sized breadfruit)
Red chilly powder: 1 tspn
Turmeric powder: ½ tspn
Oil: 2 tbspn
Rawa/semolina for frying
Salt to taste
- Peel the breadfruit. Slice the breadfruit vertically.
- Rinse the slices under running water.
- Apply salt to the slices and keep aside for 5 mins.
- Drain away the excess salt water. Add the red chilly powder, turmeric powder and mix well.
- Roll over all the slices in the rawa.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan.
- Put the slices on the pan and shallow fry turning over both sides till done.
- Serve the Breadfruit fry (nirponos fry) hot with tomato sauce or as a side dish with the rice.