potluck pick: ulu mash

Craig DeSilva
August 27, 2018

Got an ulu but don’t know what to do with it? You can use ulu, or breadfruit, as a substitute for potato in stews, soups, and salads.

Or make ulu mash. It’s a tasty alternative to mashed potatoes.



  • 2 ulu
    1 Tbsp. coconut oil
    1 onion, finely diced
    3 cloves garlic, finely diced
    ½ block butter, soften
    ½ cup low-fat milk, heated
    ½ tsp. salt
    ¼ tsp. pepper

Wash ulu and pat dry. Cut or peel off skin. Slice in half and remove core. Dice ulu into cubes.

Place in a pot and fill with water until just about covered. Bring to a boil. Cook until soft.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic until soft, stirring occasionally.

Drain ulu, reserving about 1 cup water.

Mix onion with ulu and add butter, milk, salt, and pepper. Mash until smooth. If it’s too thick, gradually add reserved water, as needed.   

Ulu photos: Courtney Takabayashi

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