Posted by Annita on July 20, 2006
Pineapple is one of the world’s favorite tropical fruit,and when you taste this delicious fruit once,you’ll know why it is called so.Pineapples are available fresh and canned.I always go for the fresh ones,as I don’t like the heavy syrup in which it is dipped.Also I have heard that ,during canning process it lose most of its Vitamin C.Pineapple is high in fiber and contains modest amounts of vitamin C, potassium and a unique digestive enzyme called bromelain.
Eventhough pineapple as a whole is handsome ,the cleaning part is quite difficult and time consuming.When the tough exterior is removed,there will be small black seed like things all over which has to be pierced out.This is a tedious job,which i always hate to do.But those sweet, juicy, healthy and delicious pineapples always pays off for the entitre hardwork.
Kerala Cuisine is blessed with many Pineapple dishes,and this Pineapple Pachadi is one of my favorite.And in southern Kerala,this sweet dish is used as an accompaniment for Sadyas.
Here’s my version of Pinepple Pachadi…
Well ripened Pineapple chopped fine – 1 cup
Turmeric Powder – a pinch
Mustard seeds crushed- 1 tsp
Water – 1/4 cup
Salt – to taste
Well beaten Yogurt – 2 cupsFor grinding:-
Shallots – 5
Jeera – 1/2 tsp
Grated coconut -1/2 cup
Green chillies – 3For popping:-
Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Dried Whole Red Chillies cut into two – 2
Curry leaves – a sprig
Oil -as needed
Mix together chopped pineapple,turmeric powder,crushed mustard seeds,salt and water in a pan and cook till pinepple are soft and well done.Grind together shallots,jeera seeds,coconut and green chillies.Now add the ground mixture into the cooked pineapple and simmer for a few minutes.As I like my pachadi to be very thick,I always cook it till dry.So it is upto you ,water can be added accordingly.
Ground mixture added to cooked pinepple
Stir in yogurt and switch off the stove.Be careful,not to boil it after adding yogurt.
Heat oil in another pan and pop the mustard seeds.Add red chillies and curry leaves and fry well.Pour this into the cooked pineapple mixture.
Serve hot with rice.