Some of you have been requesting for a ‘Banbukeylu Hithi’ recipe ever since this year’s breadfruit season began and we are so happy to be finally sharing it with you.
‘Hithi’ is a type of curry that’s made without the usual Maldivian curry spices such as chilli, cumin, coriander and fennel. However, a not so usual spice ‘Hithi dhamui’ is essential for this type of curries. ‘Hithi dhamui’ is the local name for carom seeds, which are also sometimes called ajwain seeds, and we got ours from the Dhivehi medicine shop on Orchid Magu. It's got quite a distinctive flavour, and lends a nice bitter note.
You can serve this mild breadfruit curry with either rice or roshi. Some chopped up fresh chillies might be essential for those who need a bit of heat in their food though. Also, although we’ve added some curry leaves and pandan leaves to our curry, they are optional as it’s quite usual for ‘Hithi’ to be made without them.