Nov 21, 2011

Pineapple and Strawberry Pachadi

Pachadi is a typical Kerala side dish where a fruit or vegetable is cooked and is then added to yoghurt once the cooked mixture is fully cooled.  Almost like a Raita you can say!
Fruits like Apple, Pineapple, ripe Palntain etc or Veggies like Bittergourd , Pumpkin , Ladys finger etc can be used to prepare Pachadi and depending on the main ingredient the taste is amazingly different.

The recipe I'm about to share was a total experiment and I'm glad it turned out wonderfully well. We had bought a whole Pineapple a few days back and had been using it little by little to make Pinappale pachadi , Pineapple pulishery and also enjoying it as a fruit. But few more slices were left behind which was not enough to make a full fledged curry and no one was in the mood to eat it plain.
Finally I thought might as well make a small pachadi and finish it off when I thought why not add some Strawberries too.....that would add some volume to the dish and also might taste different.

The sweetness from the Pineapple , the slight tarty sweetness from the Strawberries, the tangy creamy Yoghurt and the mild hint of spice from the dry red chillies added during tempering made this an exceptional side dish for lunch, I could almost eat it like a dessert :-)
Hoping your tastebuds are flowing by now, lets check out the recipe now, shall we !!

Pineapple and Strawberry Pachadi Recipe
You'll need
Ripe Pineapple - 2-3 round 1" slices, cubed
Strawberries - 2-3 cubed
Small red onion or Pearl onion - 1 (thinly sliced)
Mustard seeds - 1 tblsp
Grated coconut - 2 tblsp
Yoghurt - 1 cup
Salt - to taste
For tempering:
Oil - 1 tblsp ( Canola / Veg oil)
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Dry Red Chillies - 1-2 (broken in half)
Curry leaves - 2-3 leaves

1. Chop the pineapple and strawberries into small bite sized cubes and keep aside separately.
2. Using a mortar and pestle gently crush the grated coconut and mustard seeds until the seeds split in half and keep aside. (If you do not have a mortar and pestle just gently pulse once in a mixer grinder)
3. In a kadai or non-stick pan heat the oil on medium heat and crack the mustard seeds , dry red chillies and add the curry leaves.
4. Saute the small red onion (pearl onion) for a minute and add the Pineapple first.
5. Gently saute for 2 minutes or until the juices from the pineapple start coming out. (You may add little water if the pineapple is not ripe enough)
6. Keep the heat on low and add the crushed mustard seeds and crushed grated coconut and add required amount of salt and saute until the mixture is just warm.
7. Finally add the strawberries and turn off the heat. (The strawberries need not be cooked. The heat from the mixture will automatically cook the strawberries slightly)

8. Once the mixture is fully cooled add the yoghurt and mix well and check the seasoning.

Serve this with rice and some spicy curry or fish fry...yummm! My mouth is definitley watering and I totally enjoyed sharing it with you all too....
For those who like the dish more sweeter you can add some sugar or jaggery. You should be able to bite the pineapple and strawberries , what I mean is don't overcook it. The veggie version are usually made by roasting the veggies and then adding to yoghurt.
Do try this dish and let me know if you enjoyed it as much as I did....

And don't be scared to experiemnt with your dishes, you might just end up creating something Exceptional !!
Stay tuned for more and Have an awesome day!

Sending this post to:
1.  Christmas Delicacy event hosted by Julie.

- Manju


  1. Omg, wat an incredible pachadi,never thought of adding strawberries..

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  3. Very innoveative pachadi..I m sure it will taste great,I am a fan of sweet curries :)First time here,lovely space,will be following u for more :)

  4. Hey Manju! that sure sounds great :) - in Andhra pachadi is completely different taste - like its mostly spicy and not with fruits (I believe!) so a really cool and new recipe for me to try!! it sure looks yummy and definitely healthy!! Fruits/Veggies and Yogurt!!

  5. I love the fact that you always have something new and so interesting - this looks delicious and I think I would love it! Such an unusual dish for us Westerners! Thank you so much for sharing!

  6. @Priya : Thank you so much dear!
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  7. That is such an interesting and intriguing recipe. I'd love to taste that pachadi.



  8. Very innovative pachadi..never tried strawberries..
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  9. first time here.. pachadi looks delicious... very innovative... glad to follow you... do visit my space sometime..

  10. Looks yummy and wonderful. Have a nice day

  11. Love pachadi and intresting expiriment.

  12. first time pachadi recipe looks delectable...i too hav a space on various fish visit when time permits...happy to follow u here :-)

  13. Womnderfully done Pineapple Pachadi.Luv it.A Versatile Blogger Award is waiting for U at my space.Come and collect it pls.

  14. I have never had this dish but it looks beautiful. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  16. A delightful combo of pineapple n strawberries, very refreshing it looks :)

  17. What a superb idea. I have never tried pachdi with pineapple and strawberry before but you have got me thinking to experiment now.

  18. Adding strawberries to Pachadi,very innovative.

  19. Thanks a lot for all the comments here.



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