Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Pineapple Pulissery (Pineapple in a yogurt and coconut gravy)

Pulissery is a sweet and sour yogurt based Kerala preparation that is regularly made at home. It has been one of my favorites since childhood. It can be made using a couple of different fruits. My mother makes the best pulissery ever, and she does it usually with ripe mangoes or pineapple. She does make it with plantains too, though I do not care much for that version.

This is how I make pineapple pulissery…
1 20oz can of pineapple chunks, drained (Fresh would definitely be better and sweeter)
½ tsp turmeric powder
5-6 curry leaves
1 ½ cups yogurt, whipped nicely (Ideally, sour curd should be used. I used some yogurt that I had bought at the Indian store, but it still wasn’t sour enough.)

To be ground to a fine paste:
4-5 Tbsp grated coconut (I used frozen)
½ tsp cumin seeds
5-6 red chillies

For the seasoning:
1 Tbsp coconut oil
½ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp fenugreek (methi) seeds
A pinch of asafoetida(hing)
2-3 red chillies
3-4 curry leaves

Cook the pineapple cubes along with some curry leaves, salt and turmeric powder in a little bit of water on medium heat till the pineapple pieces turn soft.

Add the ground paste of coconut, cumin and red chillies to the cooked pineapple and continue cooking for another 3-4 minutes.

Turn down the heat and add the yogurt. Mix well and turn off the heat. (This is important as the whole thing starts to curdle with too much heat…not a pretty sight!)

Heat the oil in a pan and add the ingredients for the seasoning. Add to

Serve with steaming hot rice,
thoran and pappadams.

Other Kerala style preparations on this blog -
Vegetable Stew
Ulli Chutney (Onion Chutney)
Pazham Pori (Plantain Fritters)
Instant Dosa with Sambar and Chutney
Kaya Thoran( Raw Banana stir fry)
Kale Thoran (a stir fry with Kale)

This is being sent to Jyothsna of Currybazaar who is hosting RCI: Cuisine of Kerala.

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Laavanya said...

I love the colour and how you've garnished with the thaaleepu. I've been wanting to try making pineapple pulisseri. My husband doesn't like pulisseri in general but I'm going to try this anyway.. :)

Asha said...

Excellent photo and mouthwatering recipe! Didn't know Kerala cooking uses Pineapple too, learning new yummy Kerala dishes!:))

J said...

Thanks TBC. THe picture surely looks nice!

Jayashree said...

Nice entry for RCI.....Pineapple pulisseri is well liked in my home too after mambazha pulisseri.

Finla said...

I love this. I can eat them a lot with plain rice and a bit of mango pickle. DELICIOUS.

Archana Doshi said...

I love pulissery. Its late in the night IST, going to wind up, but i have hunger pangs after seeing this. I have never had pineapple pulisseri. I will surely try this.
Thanks for sharing. My mouth is truely watering.

Padmaja said...

amazing recipe, i always have this at my friends who are keralites. Its just heavenly with papad and mango pickle!!!

Rajitha said...

TBC...loved the 2nd pic..everything about it...and the pullisery..that has got me drooling..for once i have all the ingredients at home..will be making this soon :)

Namratha said...

Looks delicious TBC, can imagine how good it must have been! The picture is fabulous!

vimmi said...

Lovey color to the curry. Have just started making pulissery and will love to try it soon.

Mansi said...

wow TBC, that looks really pretty! how does it taste though? like is it sweetish?? how do the spices taste with the pineapple and yoghurt?

MR said...

wow !!!!!
too good
I make puliserry
but never made with pineapple!!
will try soon
BTW u r no budding cook !!
U R A PRO !!!!

Manasi said...

I am confused in the names , kootu, pulliseri- dunno which belongs to TN / AP and which to kerala!!! I have a SouthIndian cook book, but no mention of regions!!!
I have a can of pineapple, will try this!!!

Rina said...

Lovely picture... yummy pulisseri..Love pineapple.

musical said...

Love pulissery an dcan have tons of it! Ripe mango and pineapple ones are my favorites. The picture makes me crave some :).

Rajesh &Shankari said...

I love anything pineapple, will give it a try

Sagari said...

adding pineapple is a great idea looks delecious

Richa said...

tempting rcp to cook pineapple :)

Rachel said...

I love this curry too..not the plantain variety! lovely pics...nothing can beat rice, this and thoran..

Red Chillies said...

Love this recipe. Anything that is sour and with yogurt then count me in :-)

Menu Today said...

Happy new year:-)
Fantastic looking pulissery.
I tasted once with mango version.
Pineapple Pulissery is very new to me and looks very colourful. Thanks for sharing.

Padma said...

Lovely recipe with nice color, never cooked pineapple as a savoury dish
this is new to me!

Bharathy said...

Lovvvvely curry.What beautiful shots my dear tEc!!!
I make ethappazha pulisseri with almost the same base..
All time comfort goodies!!!

Seena said...

A very yummy one, hm?
get me a piece of lemon pickle with that, thats enough to take rice..:)

Seema said...

Superb Photo!! Loved the way u put tadka on top.. Never knew Pineapple was used in Puliserry!! Lots of new dishes to learn.

Grihini said...

PineApple in Yogurt gravy...that must be quite a combination?! I shud try this.
B'ful pictures.. :)

Lisa Turner said...

A beautiful combination of flavors! Gosh, I love the internet! Thanks for sharing.

Cynthia said...

I like how beautiful the colours are!

TBC said...

Laavanya, thanks:-). H doesn't like this a lot 'cos he is not too crazy about anything sweet in general. But I love this and end up making this a lot so he is forced to eat it!;-)

Asha- thanks.
I love what u have made for JFI...a small feast:-)

Jyothsna, Jayashree, HC- thank you, ladies:-)

Archana- you are welcome! Do let me know how you like it:-)

Padmaja- yes, it is!;-)

Rajitha- you liked the 2nd pic more? :-(...I thought no.1 was better... You have to tell me how it turns out and how u liked it. I know you will be honest about the feedback... that's what I like about ya;-)

Namratha-thanks dear:-)

Vimmi- thank you:-)

Mansi-It tastes even better than it looks and it IS sweet. The red chillies and cumin ground with the coconut lend a great flavor to the dish. This is a very common dish from my part of the world....

Mallurecipes- thanks for the compliment, that is rather nice of u to say that.:-)

Manasi- thanks girl!:-)
There is a lot of overlapping where cuisine is concerned, among the different southern states. I get confused too:-)
If you do try it, give me some feedback, o.k.?

Rina, Musical, Shankari, Sagari, Richa- thanks, girls. :-)

Rachel- Same here... I too am not fond of the version using plantain:-)

Red chillies-thanks:-)

MT- Happy 2008 to u too!:-)
I love the mango version too.

Padma- thanks1

Bharathy- awww, u r sweet! calling me "tEc";-)

Seena, you must be making this often too, right?:-)

Seema- thank you so much.
Yeah, blogging has taken cooking to a whole new level now.:-)

Grihini- It is a great combination indeed. If you like sweet tasting dishes, this one's for ya!
Thanks for the compliment:-)

Lisa- thanks, and you are very welcome:-)

Cynthia- thank you:-)

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Aparna Balasubramanian said...

Picture is lovely. Actually, I prefer the nendrapazham (plantain)and ripe mango versions.
If your pineapple isn't sweet, this turns out a bit "pulichchi"!

Raks said...

Wow looks lovely and mouthwatering!Nice entry for the event TBC!

lakshmi said...

I love the idea of this with rotis - bookmarked to try.

btw, i've tried giada's balsamic truffles recipe too!!

sra said...

TBC, I'm smiling at the way you've symmetrically arranged the tempering all over the gravy - the second shot is really nice.

Swati said...

This is very intersting...I love pineapples and they surely taste good everytime...Looks very yummy!!
Excellent snaps ......

DEEPA said...

WOW!!!Awesome post and excellent photo too....very inviting and yummy

TBC said...

Priya- thanks for stopping by.
Thanks for the kind words too...and go right ahead and add me:-)

Aparna- thanks. I think I like the mango version more than this one.
Pulissery is supposed to be having some " puli" to it...hence the need for sour yogurt in the preparaton.
BTW, where exactly in Kakkanad are u?

Raks- thanks:)

Lakshmi- I know they will not go well with rotis:-(. It is a curry for rice... but let me know how it turns out. How did u like Giada's truffles?

Sra- Can I tell u how much work the first pic was?! At one point I was in serious danger of falling into my pulissery:-(
And u like the 2nd pic more...bah!.. just like Rajitha!

Sugarcraft India- thank you:-)

Deepa- thank you, dear.:-)

Kribha said...

I love any pineapple-based dishes. This looks so good. Got to try it sometime.

TBC said...

Kribha- Do give it a shot. You will not be disappointed if you like sweet dishes.:-)

sra said...

TBC, I do empathise with how you feel! Sometimes we slave over a particular piece of work and it makes no impact, while something which just flowed or came naturally or which we didn't pay much attention to strikes a chord, oh, I know how it can be! :)

TBC said...

Sra- sigh! :-(

Sihi said...

looks yum!

Shella said...

Thr r lots of pineapples in delhi these days. Yours look so good that I really want to give it a try.

TBC said...

Eskay- thanks.

Shella- The dish defnitely tastes better with fresh pineapple. Do let me know how u like it if u do make it. :-)

Cris said...

This caught my attention, what a beautiful recipe!

TBC said...

Thanks, Cris:-)

Kamini said...

I tried this out recently at a new restaurant the other day but it was mango pulissery. Tasted great. This is bookmarked right now for me to try with mango.

Ramki said...

Am blogging your pulissery as a model recipe in the 1001 Kerala curries cookbook at http://ramkicooks.blogspot.com/

/Thanks for the recipe

TBC said...

Kamini- I'm just a month late in responding!...:-)
Mangoes are great too. Unfortunately we don't get really nice and sweet ones here so I use pineapple.

Ramki- thanks for stopping by and for letting me know.
New cooks will definitely learn a lot after visitng your space.

Anna (Morsels and Musings) said...

thanks for sharing this recipe.
i tried it out and it was great: http://morselsandmusings.blogspot.com/2008/05/pineapple-pulisseri.html

TBC said...

Anna- I'm glad that you liked it.:D
Thanks for letting me know!

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