Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Pineapple Pachadi (Pineapple in Coconut & Curd)

Suvai 2011 was a raging success and the range of dishes featured in the event was amazing. I really felt that a very voracious appetite aka Kumbhakarna would have done justice to all the stalls that were featured. Nevertheless, the food carnival saw me tucking in some lip-smacking dishes. A few of them truly caught my eye and I am sure to bring them to the hearth too ! 
I often make a variety of pachadis with different fruits & veggies and this one with pine-apple remain my favourite. Also, it is one of the common fares of the Onam Sadya. Pineapple, the lovely tropical fruit is full of Vitamin C & is a good source of fibre & potassium. Also it is very tummy- friendly ! I guess it makes more sense to snack this spiky fruit as much as possible !

Pachadi is a traditional south Indian Side- Dish and refers to food that has been pounded. It is made differently among South Indian regions. While in kerala & Tamilnadu, pachadi is a side-dish curry similar to the north Indian raita, in Andhra Pradesh, pachadi is a fresh pickle and has very low shelf life, a maximum of two or three days. It is made of fresh vegetables and is served as an accompaniment for rice, snacks like idli, dosa, and pesarattu. Many kinds of vegetables are included. Sometimes the peel of the vegetable is also used, such as the peel of Ridged Gourd.  Finely chopped and boiled vegetables mix with ground coconut & red or green and tempered in oil with mustard and curry leaves. Curd/yogurt based pachadi also can be made of any vegetable or fruits. Pachadi is commonly eaten with rice and a lentil curry (Adapted from:WIKI).

With a delicious medley of flavours pineapple pachadi tingles your palate.

What's in it :-

  • Pineapple -1/2
  • Curd - 1/2 cup - beaten
  • Green Chillis- 3 - slit vertically- to taste
  • Turmeric Powder- a pinch or two
  • Coconut - 1/2 cup grated
  • Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt- to taste
For tempering :-
  • Oil - 1 tbsp 
  • Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Red Chilli - 1 or 2
  • Curry Leaves - a few

Useful Pointers
While grinding the coconut-cumin-mustard mix, use the water in which pineapple is stewing for the blend, it adds to the taste
Temper the mix with coconut oil for the power packed  flavour
3. Adjust the consistency of pachadi by adjusting the quantity of curd/yogurt or the water used while grinding coconut

How :-

Peel & cut the pineapples in to small cubes. Boil it in a cup of water with green chillis & turmeric powder for a few minutes till it's soft & tender. Grind the coconut, cumin seeds & mustard seeds to a fine paste with water as required. Add this to the pineapples and cook well. Take off flame & once it cools a little, add the curd to the pineapple along with salt & mix well.In a small pan, heat the oil & let the mustard seeds crackle. Add the red chillis & curry leaves & let it sizzle for a few seconds. Pour this over the pineapple mix and serve.


  1. Delicious Pachadi,will be taste awesome with pineapple...

  2. I never had this ...looks so delicious

  3. wow, my mouth waters at this post - I am surely going to try this pachadi since I have have the ingredients reqd :) xoxo priya

  4. Priya, although I have never tasted a Pachadi (or if i have during my childhood in Mlore - I dont recall the taste) - but through your pics, I can actually taste it! I can imagine the rush of flavours as one bites into it..definitely something I am going to try soon, thanks for the recipe!

  5. yummy pachadi..I too love the pineapple pachadi a lot n make it often,looks divine!!

  6. i was looking to make this for onam on the 9th. thanks for sharing this recipe

  7. Never had this before but can most definitely imagine all the wonderful flavors going in there ~ YUM!

  8. wow, pineapple and curd will be an awesome combo priya. will try it out once my throat gets better.

  9. Pineapple pachadi looks delicious, we won't grind mustard seeds in pachadi only due it in kichadi made with okra, cucumber and bitter gourd.

  10. Nice flavorful mouth watering pachadi

  11. so yummy pachadi! I also make pulissery aka morkuzhambu with pineapple and it tastes gr8!

  12. delicious one...my favourite and I was planning to post it before Onam :-)
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  14. this is my husbands favourite, very delicious and lovely pachadi..

  15. What a delicious pachadi... yummy yummy.. Never thought pineapple can be made into pachadi too... Great creation!! :)

  16. Had it long back,pachadi looks super delicious..

  17. My favorite pachadi,flavorful and delicious..looks tempting

  18. new to me pri, looks yum though! nice post and lovely pics :)

  19. Pineapple pachadi is my favorite...looks very yum!

  20. Pachadi's are my favorite and the one which i didn't make it a single time. Pineapple pachadi looks delicious.


  21. pachadi looks delicious ...... happy to follow u ....

  22. Pachadi looks yummy, very new recipe for me.

  23. Wow pineapple pachadi, simply love this...


  24. What a delicious pachadi... yummy yummy..

  25. Perfect pachadi for this time of year-I just made it for my Onam Sadya. Pineapple in Hawaii is absolutely amazing. Tastes just like home:)