Oct 9, 2009

Kadagi Phodi / Breadfruit fries..

Palpanasa Kadagi or Breadfruit is a loved vegetable( or fruit) in Konkani cuisine. I know of many many people who absolutely love this and none that don't. This may not be a common vegetable but is just extremely tasty and when cooked right, its the melt-in-the-mouth types. If you don't know about it, read here.

In my family, we use it for Phodis ( shallow fries), Baje (deep fries like pakodas), in dry dishes with and without coconut, and gravy based dishes with coconut. Hmm, by far, I love the Phodis best of them all, and couldn't possibly just stop eating until there's no more :)..I strongly recommend everyone to try this atleast once to know what I'm talking about here.

To clean the Breadfruit, you have to peel the outside thick skin, then remove the pith(gheer) from the center. See the collage below. The one that I have here is not the freshest of them all, else they are light greenish in color.

The way you make the Phodis is just like how you make any others. So, here it is..


Breadfruit slices - 12-15
Semolina/Rava - 1/2 cup approx.
Red Chilli powder - 2 tsp or more
Salt - to taste
Oil - to shallow fry


- After removing the outer skin and the pith from the breadfruit, cut it into thick slices as shown in the collage ( approx. 1/4 inches thick).

- Take the slices in a wide bowl, and soak them in water for a few minutes. Then, drain the water and add salt and toss to coat the slices evenly. Keep aside for about 10 minutes.

- When ready to fry, mix the rava and chilli powder, coat the breadfruit slices evenly in it, and start placing each slice evenly on a hot tawa.

- Drizzle oil around and over each slice and cook same way on both sides till done.

- To check if it is done, insert the steel spatula through the slice. It should be soft and go through easily, should not be tough.

- Serve hot as a side with rice and curry/dal.

Check out my other phodis here & here.

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Nithya said...

I have never heard of this dish. Looks tempting :)

kitchen queen said...

the breadfruit fries look yummy and crunchy, I want to grab them from the picture and have a bite.

Supriya said...

Divine dish--it is my favorite phodi!

Purnima said...

Jeevkadgey phodi perfectly done..hey u know my fave is also gulla(that green baingan, round one) phodi! :D Looking at this post I felt nostalgic n cd help myself to some phodis right away! :D

Srivalli said...

Thats very delish looking maya..

Ashwini said...

Hi Maya,

Jeevakadgi is one my favorites. In Goa, its called as Neer Fanas. I liked the pictorial which is very nicely presented.

~ Ashwini.

Red Chillies said...

Maya, this is my favorite of all phodis and my mom make sure she finds a Kadgi eveyrtime I go to Bangalore. Miss this so much.
Where did you find the whole Kadgi here?

Maya said...

Hey everyone, like I guessed, its a favourite with many :).
Supriya, I didn't get the Kadagi here, the dish is from my trip back home this time :)..

Shilpa said...

These are my fav phodoies Maya. I am a fan of anything and everything with palapanas. We have a huge tree in our frontyard at home. Miss it so much.
We do get them sometimes in Indian store here, but very rare.Apparently they are used in Japanese cooking (the Indian store owner told us, he had no clue what it is, but he sold it :D)

Divya Kudua said...

Kadgi phodi..yum yum.Love these melt in the mouth phodis.I add a pinch of hing too..:)

Cynthia said...

I like your version of breadfruit fries! Here is how we do it in the Caribbean: http://www.tasteslikehome.org/2007/05/how-do-you-like-your-breadfruit.html

Pritya said...

Dear Maya, The breadfruit fries look amazing, something different! Something I have never tried. The breadfruits pics are enought to tempt one to try it out. Wonder when is the season for it to be available in Chennai. It was a pleasure to read about the Konkani cuisine and its specialties.

Anonymous said...

O! I used to love these. Yumm!
Now that I'm single I try and NOT look at all the food sites - no one to make those :-(

Perhaps I can make this. Will try.