Curry Chataigne (Breadnut)

I’ll be short today since this is a long detailed post (35 pictures I believe).  In the last post I showed you all how to boil the chataigne seeds. But, you may also remember me talking about eating chataigne with buss up shut, dhal puri, sada roti etc. This is how it’s done… The chataigne (breadnut) is picked green to be curried.

A Yummy Curry Chataigne!

Once you get the hang of it and its deliciousness, curry chataigne is a dish that is worth the long hard work involved to prepare it, not to mention the stickiness on your hands from the “milk” of the fruit. Incidentally, this same “milk” is what is used to catch birds. Our Trini term for it is “laglee“…OK, I’m getting a little long here so I’ll stop now. We’ll discuss “laglee” a bit more later on. Just remind me. Here’s Curry Chataigne (breadnut) Yummy!

Curry Chataigne Recipe

Curry Chataigne


2 medium chataigne ( breadnut) or 3 small
1 medium onion, chopped
2 pimento peppers, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tbsp curry
1 tsp geera powder
1/2 tsp saffron * (turmeric) powder
1 tsp amchar masala
2 tbsp green seasoning
3/4 cup coconut powder (about 75g)
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 1/2 tsp salt

* In Trinidad what we call saffron is really turmeric. It is also called Hardi by the East Indians.

Some nice young chataigne!
Rub a bit of oil on your hands. This will prevent your hands from getting sticky.

See the “milk” I was talking about? It is very sticky when dry (almost like chewing gum!).
Peel the thick outer skin.

Cut into quarters and remove the heart.

Separate the seeds from the flesh.
Chop the chataigne flesh finely

When you’re separating the seeds try to leave the flesh intact.
This will make chopping it finely much easier.
Remove the skin from the seed.

Note: In this picture I’m showing the two layers before you reach the seed on the far right. Both layers must be removed.

We’re ready to curry the chataigne now.
Place in a large bowl of water and wash

Mix the curry, masala, green seasoning, geera, and turmeric with 4 tbsp of water.

Heat oil and saute garlic……
…pimento peppers and onion.

Add the curry mixture and allow to reduce to an almost sticky paste.
Add the chataigne…
Coat evenly with the curry…
and add salt to taste.

Mix the coconut powder in 1 cup of water.

Add to chataigne and simmer for 1 minute.
Pressure cook for 6 – 8 minutes.

Voila! Curry Chataigne A La Trini :-)
Before I go I would like to extend warmest appreciation and gratitude to all who wished me Happy Birthday over at the fan page. Thank you all so much for you’re my support. So, enjoy the curry chataigne my dear friends. I’m going to bed….Goodnight and of course

Ah gone! :-)  Enjoy Curry chataigne Recipe.


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6 Responses to Curry Chataigne (Breadnut)

  1. WizzyTheStick March 30, 2010 at 9:31 pm #

    Your posts on local cooking are invaluable. I always learn something new. I eat this all the time but never realized how much work it takes to prepare it

  2. Cynthia April 8, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

    This is a lot of work I know! I love katahar curry!

  3. Felix April 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm #

    @ Wizzythestick, @Cynthia Indeed it is a lot of work but I must agree it sure is tasty :-)

  4. Elaine June 4, 2011 at 12:49 am #

    Thank you so much! I bought a breadnut yesterday, and had no idea what to do with it, other than boil it. That looks delicious! Thank you for posting such a detailed description of how to separate the seeds.

  5. marcie January 7, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    I like your recipe and especially the photos! I’m in Canada and just bought a breadnut to try it out, we saw a movie where orangutans were eating them!
    Sincerely, Marcie

  6. dc July 21, 2013 at 12:51 am #

    Besides being thankful for this recipe, i finally understand what the term “laglee” refers to!. Since I was a child I was always closer to my Dad. Wherever he went, that’s where I wanted to be. Leave me home nah, and de bawlin would start. Time and time again, it would exasperate my Mother. Finally she used to give in and tell my Dad “take him, just take him”! All my Dad’s friends, especially the close ones, would tell him “Boy dat chile does stick on to you like laglee”…some of the older surviving ones still say it! Now I fully understand what they meant! :) Ha!

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