Fa’alifu Ulu: Coconut Breadfruit

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I fell in love with breadfruit in Jamaica a few years back, so when I came across breadfruit in one of my local grocery stores recently, I was elated. I decided to make my version of Fa’alifu Ulu, a simple Samoan breadfruit dish. “Fa’alifu” is a savoury coconut sauce and “Ulu” is breadfruit. You can use this sauce with any starchy vegetables or fruit like sweet potatoes, yams, Chinese taro root, and even bananas. If you use bananas, use green bananas that aren’t ripened yet. The cooking process is the same no matter what you use.

Ingredients:

  • 1 breadfruit (peeled, decored, and chopped)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/2 medium sized white onion (or a Spanish onion if you prefer the sweetness)
  • 1-2 teaspoons of salt, or to taste
  • water

Optional:

  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup coconut flakes (according to preference)
  • 1/4 cup chives, finely chopped

First, fill a large bowl 3/4 of the way with water. As you peel and cut the breadfruit, you will need to put the pieces into the bowl of water to keep the fruit from going brown. If you don’t care too much about the fruit browning a little you can skip the water bowl.

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