Spicy pineapple (Ananas palya)

Pineapple is called ananas in most of the Indian languages. Palya(Kannada) meaning side dish. Many people asked me for this recipe. I had seen this in one of the Kannada TV shows. From the day I saw it, I wanted to try it. Finally when I got many requests, I tried it.

I used to eat pineapple as it is or in ananas paank or in ananas sasam. First time I cooked them in a spicy sauce for pineapple stew. I realized cooked pineapple with jaggery and chilies taste heavenly. So when I saw this recipe, I knew it is going to be a super hit. Roasted urad daal gives a very nice flavor to this. I served it with Gujrathi daal and beans koddel, to make a perfect sweetish meal.

Please be careful not to taste this dish while cooking, otherwise you will eat it all and nothing will remain for others :).

2 cups chopped fresh pineapple
1 tea spn urad daal
1 tbl spn dry coconut (or dessicated coconut)
A pinch asafoetida
4-5 pepper
1/2 tea spn mustard seeds
4-5 curry leaves
4-5 red chillies
1/2 tea spn jaggery

Roast urad daal on a medium flame till they are fragrant, do not add oil. Roast coconut, asafoetida, red chillies, pepper. Grind them into a powder.
Heat a little oil and add mustard seeds. When they start popping, curry leaves, fry for sometime. Now add pineapple, 1/2 cup water, close and cook. When they are almost done, add the powder, jaggery, salt and cook till jaggery is melted and well mixed.

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 20mins

PS: Do not use canned pineapple for this. Fresh one tastes very good. Canned pineapple has some smell and taste which overcomes the aroma and taste of this dish.

22 thoughts on “Spicy pineapple (Ananas palya)”

  1. Your authentic recipes are too good. Also try this as a salad with the same seasonings roasted and powdered with jaggery and enjoy a healthier one. The taste is distinctly different due to the uncooked jaggery and pineapple. I love pineapple anyways kacha pakka.

  2. Beautiful color Shilpa,love the concept of sweet and hot together.I made Pineapple cake yesterday for AFAM, Maheaswari’s event with Pineapple this month.
    I will try this,thanks.

  3. Very interesting recipe. Kind of cooked sasam or pineapple sukke.
    Guess you meant roast and grind to powder- “Roast coconut, asafoetida, chili powder, pepper to a powder.”
    Nice changes to the template.

  4. Shilpa-
    I want to try this one! I think I would like the taste of roasted urad dhal and coconut with jaggery….mellow brown flavour with sweet-sour pineapple! Anjali’s idea of a cool salad sounds good too, though for that I would use black salt.

  5. Sushma, yes sweet and spicy makes it a great combination. Let me know if you try it.

    Anjali, thats a great idea. We go to Cici’s pizza here who served a great spread of salads. They also have pineapple chunks in these salads. It tastes simply awesome. Somehow I never thought of serving it till you mentioned. Thanks dear.

    Asha, I am didn’t know about AFAM. Let me search for it now. Thanks for letting me know.

    Monisha, even I never thought of cooking the pineapple in spicy gravy till I saw this. Believe me, it tastes simply great.

    Usha, try it and let me know how you liked it.

    Padmaja. Thanks for your kind words. Let me know if you try this recipe.

    Manjula, this tastes very different than sukke or sasam because of dry roasted urad daal and dry coconut. Cooked pineapple brings all flavors to this. Thanks for letting me know about typo.

    Swapna, I didn’t know about AFAM till Asha mentioned about it. Let me read more about it. Thanks.

    Inji, I have mailed you back.

    Aruna, I am sure you will like this dish. Let me know how it turns out.

    Pelicano, it was because your Coorg pineapple stew recipe I became fan of cooked and spiced pineapple. Thanks a lot.

  6. Hi Shilpa,

    Yummmmmmyyyyy!!! this is all i can say for this tasty dish. I had this with dal-rice today. thanks for sharing.

  7. Thanks Manasi.

    Soumya, try it and let me know how it turns out.

    Suma, thanks for trying out and let me know dear :).

  8. I tried it yesterday. It was more than great 🙂
    If you are looking for something spicy, sour and sweet , this is it. We loved it.
    Went well as side dish for chapati and rice. Thanks for another great recipe.

  9. Three years have passed since you posted this recipe, and once again pineapple season has come around! We tried your recipe for lunch today and it was really delicious. It will definitely become a staple in our house (as many of your other recipes are)!

  10. Great recipe Shilpa 🙂 Made this with Green Beans With Ginger (Beans Talasani) for lunch today. Absolutlely delicious !!!

  11. Today, i was short of curry leaves and so gave a seasoning with mustard and fennel – sauf and it came out well!! Just thought of sharing 🙂

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