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
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.