Pineapple pachadi

IMG_5411-2

Pineapple pachadi is a sweet and sour side dish used for meals. Especially during onam, when there are many dishes that fill the banana leaf(For Onam, meals or food is served on Banana leaf), pineapple pachadi is a popular pick. It is a perfect blend of the sweetness from pineapple, the sourness from yogurt/curd and heat from green chilli. The seasoning or flavor of thick coconut-cumin-mustard paste makes it yummy 🙂

Pachadi can be make from different vegetables like Beetroot, Okra(Vendakka), Ripe mango etc. Made this for the first time and I was thinking that I might not like it due to it sweetness. But surprisingly, it was good!!!

IMG_5409-2

INGREDIENTS:
Note: Cup used for measurement is US measurement cup, 1 cup = 237 ml

Pineapple – 100 gm or 1 cup
Red chilli powder – 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Yogurt – 3 tbsp
Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
Dry red chilli – 1 no
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Salt – to taste(apprx. 3/4 tsp)
Oil – 1 tbsp

To grind:-
Grated coconut – 1/2 cup, approx. 65 gm
Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
Green chilli – 1 no

METHOD:

1. In a saucepan, heat some water(approx. 1 cup). To this, add the finely chopped pineapple, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and half the salt.
2. Cook covered till the pineapple pieces cook well and becomes very soft(that it can be mashed). Add water if you think that the pineapple will stick to the pan.
3. Meanwhile grind the ingredients mentioned under ‘To Grind’ section into a smooth paste using a mixie/blender.
4. Once pineapple cooks, add the ground coconut mix to the bowl and mix well.
5. Let it boil for few mins and cook through in medium flame.
6. Add the yogurt/curd and mix well. Reduce the flame to sim once you add yogurt/curd. Let it stay for a minute or so.
7. Add the remaining salt and mix well. Remove from flame.
8. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. Once mustard seeds splutter, add broken dry red chilli and curry leaves. Remove from flame once it splutters.
9. Put this on the prepared pineapple pachadi and give a stir.

Serve with rice!

Advertisements

ONAM SPECIAL !!! Sadya Vibhavangal…

49_onam_cover14

Onashamsagal…Happy Onam 🙂

Onam is a festival celebrated in Kerala during harvest season. It has a story behind it too. Since this is probably the only festival that most Keralites celebrate, I will briefly explain the story behind it and the celebrations and activities done during this season 🙂

Story telling time 😛 Long ago, there was a mythical King called Mahabali who ruled Kerala. This is considered the golden era of Kerala because during his rule, the subjects were very happy and joyful. The people felt very secure and there was not a lot of crime, supposedly! It is believed that King Mahabali visits his people every year to see how they are doing. So during the harvest period, post the autumn season, people celebrate the homecoming of King Mahabali and commemorate the Vamana avatar of Vishnu.

The festive time falls during Aug-Sep. During this time, children and ladies put Pookalam, a floral arrangement on the floor with various designs. When we were in school and colleges, we used to have Pookalam competitions. The team that puts the best design wins the title. It used to be so much fun during those times. We would go 5-6 hours before the competition. While some of us take out the petals of the flowers, getting the flowers ready for the pookalam, others draw the design on the floor and few others contribute by just cheering us up to bring out the spirit of Onam 😀 We have other activities very unique to Kerala that are held during this festive time. Vallamkali (Boat race), Pulikkali etc. are just couple of them.

IMG_5897

However, of all these things, the highlight of Onam for most of us is the Onasadya or the Onam Feast. Since this is the harvest season, there is an extravaganza of food during this time. Onam is celebrated for 10 days. It starts on Atham-First day and ends with a bang on Thiruvonam-Tenth day. On Thiruvonam, during lunch time, the onasadya is served on a banana leaf and there are about 15 items served for that meal. From region to region the dishes could vary and the numbers could differ too. There is a way that the banana leaf is placed and the way each dish holds a specific place on the leaf.

I have been wanting to put together a page which would give a good repository of all the items/dishes made during Onam. Enjoy this great season with great food, be cheerful and bond with your family, for that’s the spirit of Onam 🙂 Once again, Happy Onam to all !!!