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Banbukeylu Harisa (A Maldivian Breadfruit Curry)

August 28, 2009

Banbukeylu HarisaServes 6


1 small breadfruit (skinned, cored and steamed until tender)

¼ smoked tuna (cut into very thin slices)

2 onions (chopped)

1 hot pepper chilli (githeyo mirus)

2 tsp lemon juice

¼ tsp ginger paste

2 cups thick coconut milk

¼ tsp turmeric powder

4 curry leaves

1 piece of pandan leaf

1 tbsp ghee

2 tsp salt (or according to taste)


  1. Mash the steamed breadfruit to a  pulp and leave aside.
  2. Heat ghee, add  ¼ of the chopped onion,  pandan leaf, ginger and curry leaves. Stir fry till the  onions turn golden brown. Remove and transfer to a plate.
  3. Mix the  remaining onion, chilli, salt and lemon juice until the juices from the onion flow into the mixture.
  4. Add tuna and mix thoroughly.
  5. Add the breadfruit pulp and mix thoroughly again.
  6. Pour the thick coconut milk and turmeric powder. Bring to a boil on low heat.
  7. Once the curry begins to boil add the fried onion mixture.
  8. Remove from heat and serve with rice or roshi.

 Note: This is an amazingly tasty traditional breadfruit curry. Easy to make and a taste that lingers on….!Hope you would enjoy this as much as we do.

One Comment leave one →
  1. sheu permalink
    August 1, 2013 3:53 pm

    I have to say..this is absolutely delicious….a must try…looovveee it..sooo yummy with rice or roshi

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