Recipe: Pineapple Fried Rice

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The other day S brought a whole peeled pineapple to eat. We ate around a third of it and then I was left wondering what to do with the rest of the pineapple. I usually make a pineapple onion raita with pineapple, but thought I should do something different with it. I then tried this pseudo-Thai Pineapple Rice and it was yum!

This pineapple rice is inspired by the Thai one but is Indianised as I am wont to usually do. I also tried to make it slightly healthier without the addition of any coconut milk.

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Pineapple Fried Rice

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups basmati rice, washed and soaked in water for 20 minutes, then drained completely and kept aside
  • 1 onion, chopped finely
  • ½ cup of pineapple chunks chopped into medium sized pieces
  • 2 tbsps raw peanuts
  • 2 tbsps cashew nuts
  • 1 green chilli, chopped into smallish slices
  • 1-inch piece ginger julienned
  • 1 tsp garlic paste or finely minced garlic
  • ½ carrot chopped into small pieces
  • 2 tbsps frozen sweet corn
  • 2 tbsps frozen green peas
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp oil
  • Coriander leaves and chopped green onions to garnish

Method:

  • Cook the basmati rice and when cooked, spread it on a large plate and cool completely.
  • In a pan heat the oil and when the oil warms up, add the garlic paste and ginger juliennes and stir for a couple of seconds. Then add the green chillies and let them cook for a few seconds.
  • Now add the raw peanuts and cashew nuts and let them brown.
  • Add the onion and let the onions cook till they become translucent.
  • When translucent, add the carrots, green peas and corn and let it cook.
  • Now add the pineapple chunks and let the pineapple slightly caramelised.
  • Add salt to taste and let it all cook for a few minutes.
  • Switch off the flame and add the rice and mix well.
  • Check for seasoning and serve hot garnished with coriander leaves and chopped green onions.

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