Today's special is a traditional kerala vegetable dish, Pineapple Pachadi(kaithachakka pachadi).It is one of the dish always serverd in Kerala feast (Sadhya)...We can use any fruit or vegettable for preparing this pachadi..Most commonly used items are Pineapple,Plantain banana, mango and pumkin etc..Usually we use the ripe fruit for this pachadi....The main ingredients are coconut mustard seed and curd. My mom used to prepare the pachadi without adding the mustard seeds. But my husband love the mustard taste. What I am trying to say is that we can prepare this dish with or without using the mustard seeds. Both are considered as the pachadi dish. It is suggested that better to prepare the pachadi on previous night,that will make the dish more tastier for the next day (then only the pachadi will get full flavor)..Usually for the sadhya ,pickles pachadi and kichadi are preparing in the previous night..You may heard that for preparing Onam feast, usually ladies couldn't sleep on "Uthradam" night (the day before "Thiruvonam") because of the preparation of all these dishes and cutting the veggies and grating the coconut..Sadhya is incomplete with pachadi. Now it is the time to talk about the preparation steps of this Pineapple pachadi. Cooking time:15-20 minutes Cost of the item:1.99USD / 20oz can
Ripe Pineapple :1/4 portion cut into small cubes( I used the canned one)
Turmeric Powder: 1 tsp
Salt : to taste
Green chili: 4 nos
water: 1/2 cup
Grated coconut: 1/4 cup
Mustard seed: 1/2 tbs
Curd : 1/2 cup
Mustard seed: 1tsp
Oil : 2 tsp
Red hcili : 1 no
Curry leaves: 1 spring
Step 1 : Cook the pineapple chunks along with green chili, salt, turmeric powder and 1/2 cup of water. Step 2 : Make a very nice paste of coconut and Mustard seeds..
Step3 : Add the above mix into the cooked pineapple..Stir well...Cook for 5 minutes in meduim heat..Let it cool down for sometime. Step4 : Mix curd into the cooked pineapple coconut mix.Mix well. Step5 : Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seed,once it started spluttering add the red chili and curry leaves...
Step6 : Pour this into the pachadi..
Pineapple pachadi is ready to serve.
Points to ponder
Do not add more than 1/2 cup of water for cooking pineapple
If you are using the whole pineapple first cut them into slices and make meduim size cubes...