Pineapple Pachadi

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Sweet, tangy, spiced, and pungent, this Kerala style Pineapple Pachadi is the perfect addition to the vegetarian feast known as Onam Sadya. Made with fresh pineapple cubes, yogurt, coconut, herbs, spices in about 20 minutes, this fruity raita-like condiment is as simple to make as it is tasty.

pineapple pachadi in cream colored bowl placed on top of a white doily.

About Pineapple Pachadi

Pineapple Pachadi is a deliciously sweet-sour Kerala dish made with pineapple, coconut, mustard seeds, and curd. While they may look somewhat similar, the flavor of pineapple pachadi is very different from regular Pineapple Raita.

Both kichadi and pachadi side dishes are made for the Onam Sadya feast. Various fruits and vegetables are used to make kichadi or pachadi.

The flavor of pineapple pachadi is complex. While pineapple does lend its sweetish aroma and flavor, there is also some pungency from the ground mustard seeds, and a bit of heat and spiciness coming from the green chilies.

Let’s not forget the subtle sweetness of coconut and the tanginess of curd which are also highlights of this pachadi recipe. The tempering of mustard and dry red chillies in coconut oil adds yet another dimension to the taste.

Making pineapple pachadi is easy, similar to the Cucumber Pachadi. In total, you only need 12 ingredients and 20 minutes of time in the kitchen.

Once made, Pineapple Pachadi can be served as a side dish in an Onam sadya or with any vegetarian Kerala meal.

It’s best to use fresh pineapple, but you can also use canned. The canned pineapple cubes will cook faster than the fresh pineapple cubes.

You will also need some regular Indian spices and herbs. These spices and herbs add depths of flavors.

Fresh curd or yogurt is also added which imparts some creaminess to the dish. Do not forget to use edible coconut oil as it makes this dish truly authentic.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Pineapple Pachadi

Make Coconut Paste

1. In a small grinder jar or blender, take the ingredients listed below:

  • ¼ cup grated fresh coconut
  • 1 green chili (chopped) or 1 teaspoon, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds

For a more pronounced mustard flavor, you can add up to 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds.

coconut, spices, and green chile in a grinder jar.

2. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons water and grind to a fine and smooth consistency. Keep the coconut paste aside.

ground coconut paste for making pineapple pachadi recipe.

Cook Pineapple

3. Take 1.25 cups of chopped pineapple cubes in a pan. Dice the pineapple in small pieces or cubes, but not finely — you want some texture in the pachadi.

small bits of pineapple in a pan.

4. Add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 to 2 teaspoons jaggery, or add as per taste.

Jaggery can be skipped if the pineapple is very sweet. Instead of jaggery, you can also add sugar.

turmeric and jaggery added to pan with pineapple for making Kerala pineapple pachadi.

5. Add ⅓ to ½ cup water. Just add enough water to *almost* cover the pineapple cubes.

If the pineapple cubes are very sweet and soft, then less water will be required. If they are firm and only a little sweet, then more water will be needed.

water added to pan with pineapple.

6. Mix well to combine.

cooking pineapple for pachadi recipe.

7. Keep the pan on the stovetop and on a low-medium heat cook the pineapple. Stir at intervals.

the pineapple is simmering.

8. Simmer till the pineapple cubes have softened. Also, let most of the water evaporate from the pan. Remember not to overcook the pineapple cubes. They just need to soften.

most of the liquid has evaporated in the pan with the pineapple.

Make Pineapple Pachadi

9. Add the ground coconut paste to the pan with the softened pineapple.

coconut spice paste added to the pan for making pineapple pachadi recipe.

10. Season with salt as per taste.

salt added.

11. Mix very well.

pineapple and coconut spice paste have been mixed well.

12. Simmer and cook this pineapple mixture for 2 to 3 minutes on a low heat. Take care not to boil or cook for a long time as this can split the curd.

simmering pineapple pachadi mixture.

12. Let this mixture cool at room temperature.

allowing the pineapple mixture to come to room temperature.

13. Beat ½ cup curd (yogurt) with a spoon or wired whisk till smooth. You can also add some more curd if you prefer.

Ensure that the curd is fresh and not overly sour or tangy.

curd in a mixing bowl with a whisk.

14. Once the pineapple and coconut mixture has cooled down enough to become lukewarm, then add the beaten curd.

curd added to pineapple pachadi recipe.

15. Mix very well.

stirring the pineapple pachadi to incorporate the curd.

Temper Pineapple Pachadi

16. Heat ½ tablespoon coconut oil in a tadka pan or a small frying pan. Keep heat to a low and add ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds.

tempering mustard seeds in oil.

17. Let the mustard seeds crackle.

the mustard seeds are spluttering.

18. Then add 1 dry red chili (seeds removed) and 7 to 8 curry leaves.

red chile and curry leaves added to tadka.

19. Fry for a few seconds till the curry leaves become crisp and the red chili changes color. Do not burn them.

the red chile has become brighter and the curry leaves are darker green and slightly crisp.

20. Pour the tempering in the pachadi mixture.

tadka poured over pineapple pachadi in a mixing bowl.

21. Mix very well.

pineapple pachadi after mixing in the tempering.

22. Serve Pineapple Pachadi as a side dish for Onam sadya or any vegetarian Kerala meal. You can also refrigerate and then serve. Leftover pineapple pachadi can be refrigerated for about 1 day.

Kerala pineapple pachadi in a small bowl on a white crocheted doily garnished with tempered chile and curry leaf.

Expert Tips

  • Use sweet, ripe pineapple. If it’s sour or tangy, it won’t be good in this pachadi recipe. You can also use canned pineapple. If using canned pineapple, drain all the liquid, rinse the pineapple and then chop them in small cubes.
  • Spices and herbs. Make sure to include all the spices and herbs as mentioned in the recipe. Removing any of them will bring about a change in the taste.
  • Fats: For an authentic dish, coconut oil is a must. Having said that if you cannot source coconut oil, make the recipe in any neutral flavored oil.
  • No fresh coconut? No problem. Desiccated coconut can be used instead of fresh coconut, but the taste will change slightly. Frozen coconut also works well. Make sure the frozen coconut has a sweet, not sour, taste and that it hasn’t gone rancid.
  • To make a vegan option. Feel free to use your favorite plain, unsweetened plant-based yogurt (e.g. coconut, cashew, or almond yogurt).
  • Scaling. Easily scale the recipe up or down as needed. You could also add some more curd if you prefer to the pachadi recipe.

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pineapple pachadi

Pineapple Pachadi

Pineapple Pachadi is a deliciously sweet, sour and spiced dish made with fresh pineapple cubes, coconut, curd (yogurt) and plenty of spices and herbs. It is one of the side dish served in the Onam Sadya which is a vegetarian feast.
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Cuisine Kerala, South Indian
Course Side Dish
Diet Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 3
Units

Ingredients

For cooking pineapple

  • 1.25 cups pineapple (chopped)
  • ⅓ to ½ cup water or add as needed
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons jaggery powder or grated jaggery, add as required

For ground coconut and mustard paste

  • ¼ cup grated fresh coconut
  • 1 green chili chopped or 1 teaspoon, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water or add as required

Other ingredients

  • ½ cup Curd (yogurt) – beaten or whisked
  • salt as required

For tempering

  • ½ tablespoon coconut oil
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 dry red chili – seeds removed
  • 7 to 8 curry leaves

Instructions
 

Making coconut paste

  • In a small grinder jar take grated fresh coconut, chopped green chilies, mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  • Add 2 to 3 tablespoons water and grind to smooth and fine consistency. Keep the coconut paste aside.

Cooking pineapple

  • Take chopped pineapple cubes in a pan. Remember to cut the pineapple in small pieces, but not finely. 
  • Add turmeric powder and 1 to 2 teaspoons jaggery or add as per taste.
    Jaggery can be skipped if the pineapple is very sweet. Instead of jaggery you can also add sugar.
  • Add ½ cup water and mix well.
  • Keep the pan on stovetop and on a medium-low heat cook the pineapple. Do stir at intervals.
  • Simmer till the pineapple cubes have softened. Also let most of the water evaporate from the pan.

Making pineapple pachadi

  • Now add the ground coconut paste.
  • Season with salt as per taste and mix very well.
  • Simmer and cook this pineapple mixture for 2 to 3 minutes on a low heat stirring often. Take care not to boil or cook for a long time as this can split the curd.
  • Then keep the pan down and let this mixture cool at room temperature.
  • Beat ½ cup curd with a spoon or wired whisk till smooth.
  • Once the pineapple+coconut mixture has cooled or become lukewarm, then add the beaten curd. Mix very well.

Tempering

  • Heat coconut oil in a tadka pan or a small frying pan. Keep heat to a low and add ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds.
  • Let the mustard seeds crackle.
  • Then add the dry red chilli and 7 to 8 curry leaves.
  • Fry for a few seconds till the curry leaves become crisp and the red chili changes color. Do not burn the spices.
  • Pour the tempering in the pachadi mixture. Mix very well.
  • Serve Pineapple Pachadi as a side dish in an Onam sadya or a Kerala vegetarian meal. You can also refrigerate Pineapple Pachadi for a few hours and then serve.
    Left over pineapple pachadi can be refrigerated for about a day.

Notes

  • Ensure that pineapple has a sweet taste and are not sour or tangy.
  • Desiccated coconut can be used instead of fresh coconut, but taste will change slightly. Frozen coconut also works well. Make sure the frozen coconut has a sweet taste and not sour or gone rancid. 
  • The recipe can also be made with plant based yogurt like coconut yogurt, almond yogurt and cashew yogurt. 
  • Try to use coconut oil if possible.
  • You can easily scale the recipe.

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Pineapple Pachadi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 91 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 268mg12%
Potassium 135mg4%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 271IU5%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 27mg135%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin B12 1µg17%
Vitamin C 70mg85%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 2µg2%
Calcium 59mg6%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 282µg71%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 12mg3%
Phosphorus 57mg6%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Pineapple Pachadi recipe from the archives first published in May 2018 has been republished and updated on November 2022.

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