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Breadfruit Curry (Del Curry)

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In Sri Lanka there is an expression that goes something like “Ala del vela”. It literally translates to the potatoes have turned into breadfruit. It’s akin to the English; ‘it’s all gone pear shaped’.  What it refers to is that a bad, overcooked potato curry will look like the thicker, more mushy breadfruit curry.  I heard this expression an awful lot growing up, it was one of my dad’s pet phrases. Unfortunately I had no idea what it meant because growing up in Australia I never had del. Not that I remember. As you can imagine this phrase didn’t hold much meaning for me until I finally tried del, then I spent a lot of time regretting my misspent youth and all the missed opportunities to eat del!

This curry, if made with good breadfruit, and believe you me not all breadfruit is created equal, is lovely, thick and slightly ‘slimy’. It’s perfect with rice and is meaty enough to stand on it’s own, unlike the humble potato. If the breadfruit is not ripe enough the curry will not get floury, no matter how much you cook it. In Sri Lanka, this is a lost cause and the dish will often be thrown out. I leave this up to your discretion. Thankfully this has never happened to me with the processed variety.

I’ve made this with frozen breadfruit and you can follow this for fresh as well. If you’re working with the tinned variety, the quantity might be a bit smaller and you’re best off making the curry with the coconut milk and then adding the drained breadfruit to the simmering coconut broth. The tinned fruit is using partially cooked or brined so doesn’t require the softening. You can then temper, as per the recipe below.

One of my favourite ways to eat this curry is with simple store bought paratha and a “salsa” of cubed tomatoes, cucumber and red onions seasoned with a little salt and chilli


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Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • 500 g frozen  (~ 1lb ) breadfruit, peeled and cut into 3cm pieces
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp. maldive fish
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 pandan leaf
  • curry leaves
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • For tempering
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 small red  onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 3-4 dried red chillis cut into pieces
  • pinch of roasted dark curry powder (for serving)

Preparation

In a medium saucepan add the breadfruit, turmeric, curry powder, maldive fish, curry leaf, pandan leaf and pepper. Cover the breadfruit with water and turn the heat on to medium.

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Cook until the breadfruit it soft and going “floury” around the edges.

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When the breadfruit reaches the floury stage add the coconut milk and simmer for 5 minutes until the curry is thick.

In a small frying pan add the oil and mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds begin to pop add the onions and dried chilli to the pan. Cook on medium heat until the onions have just a little bit of colour.

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Add the tempered onions to the del curry and stir through. Serve with a sprinkle roasted curry powder.

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Roast Vegetable Quiche

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Mr Firehouse gave me a challenge this week. When I accused him of being not very keen on vegetarian cooking, he asked for a vegetarian dinner. This is a vegetarian quiche with cream cheese pastry, so really, double the cheese! It’s delicious, nutritious and colourful!
I’ve always loved the Exclusively food version of quiche and this recipe is based on that recipe. I’ve made modifications, but if you’re looking for the original, you know where to look.
Note: I’ve also successfully made this quiche with gluten free flour.
Ingredients
  • 500g of chopped vegetables to roast (I used zucchini, onion, eggplant capsicum and mushroom)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 125 g cream cheese at room temperature
  • 125 g butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup whole meal flour (feel free to use all plain if you want)
  • 1 tbsp fresh herbs of your choice
  • 5 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 1 /2 cups shredded cheese (I used a combo of tasty cheddar and part-skim mozzarella)

Preparation

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Doesn’t that just look like health on tray?

Preheat the oven to 350 F or 180 C. Place the chopped veg, vinegar, oil and dried thyme into a baking dish. Mix and place in the oven for 45 mins. Make sure you turn the veges over every 15 minutes or so to get a good colour all round.

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Mmmm…roast veges. FYI, Mr C loves these just as is….no need to mess around with pastry and cream with him.

While the veg is roasting you can make the quiche base. I use my kitchenaid, but you can easily use a food processor. Place the cream cheese and butter in the bowl and mix until it’s all combined and uniform.

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Once you hit that stage, start adding the flours, a little at a time. You might not need the whole lot, so add a little at a time.You want a wet dough that you can press into the pan, not one that comes altogether as if you’re going to roll it out. When it’s nearly done, add the fresh herbs and mix.

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I make my quiche in a Pyrex pie dish. It’s easy to work with, I can put it straight in the diswasher and it’s the perfect size for this recipe. I spray it generously with some oil before I start, just to be on the safe side. Once greased, push the dough it into the dish until you have a thin layer all around the dish. If I have extra I reinforce the edges, to make them nice and crispy and thick.

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Into the pan place a third of the cheese, and lay half the roast veg on top. Arrange them so that whatever slice you get, you get a good mix of veg. Now add another layer of cheese, the rest of the veg and finally the last of the cheese.

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First a 1/3 of the cheese

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Then the roast veges

In a jug, mix the eggs, cream, salt & pepper and the nutmeg. Now pour the cream and egg mixture into the quiche. Give the liquid time to settle and get into all the nooks and crannies.

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Don’t worry if it looks like it’s not full, it’s egg remember, it will puff up.

Bake for 50 minutes at 180 c or 350 F.

Serve warm with a nice green salad, or really, just on it’s own is perfectly okay too. I tend to make extra of these vegetables as Master C is a huuuuge fan!

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