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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Pineapple Pachadi....hot & sweet pineapple raitha in creamy coconut & curd


New year is synonymous with resolutions, fresh starts and plans for the year ahead. The most common one I’ve heard of is ... ‘get fit’. Initially people do take it seriously, go for those brisk walks, give up sweets, ice-creams and all those mid-meals ..thus begins the battle of the bulge. However this is only short lived... soon those salads & dry rotis look boring and now that feeling of ‘I deserve something better’ starts to dawn upon you.
I’m not a diet guru but my mantra of eating have always been the Hadith -‘fill only one-third of your stomach with food, one-third with liquid and one-third with air.’   
Having said that, I have no intention of excluding fatty food from my blog...so all you calorie conscious people, please do keep a tab on the intake...eat well, stay healthy.     
I would like to introduce this amazing south Indian dish which I’m sure you’ll love. It’s similar to the North Indian raitha and is also prepared with mango, pumpkin & banana. But the Pineapple version is my favorite.  Do try it!

Ingredients:

Pineapple (canned)- 1 large tin
Chili pdr- 2tsp
Turmeric pdr- 1tsp
Yogurt- 2 cups (or as required)

For Grinding:
Freshly grated coconut- 4-5 tbsp
Cumin seed - 1/2 tsp
Dried red chili - 2 nos

For the garnish:
Mustard seeds-1tsp
Curry leaves- 6-7
Dried red chili- 2-3

Method:

Drain out the syrup from the can & cut pineapple into very small pieces. Cook pineapple pieces with red chili pdr, turmeric & pinch of salt. ( If using fresh pineapple, add 1tsp sugar along with salt to sweeten it). Cook till pineapple is soft.

Grind coconut with cumin seed & dried red chili with 2tbsp water. Add this to the pineapple. Keep stirring for 4-5mins. Switch off the gas and allow to cool.
Lightly beat yogurt till smooth. Add the above mix into the yogurt.
For the garnish- Splutter mustard seeds, curry leaves (few), 2-3 dried red chili. Saute for 5secs and add into the pineapple.
Serve as a side dish with plain rice.