May 18, 2012

Pineapple Fried Rice

I made this rice today. I had few small cubes of pineapple pieces which nobody wan to eat. I am not a big fan of pineapple either. I eat it sometimes with bread as pineapple sandwich. Today i was not in a mood for sandwich. Didn't want to throw the fresh looking pineapple in trash.  I was planning to make variety rice today.  Idea of making this pineapple rice came in the middle of cooking.  Surprisingly, it tastes really good. Here goes the recipe.

Ingredients:-
  1. Basmati Rice - 1 cup
  2. Pineapple Juice - 1 cup
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  5. Onion - 1 medium sized (thinly sliced)
  6. Green chillies - 2 (acc to taste)
  7. Oil/butter  - 2 tbsp
  8. Cumin or ajwain- 1/4 tsp
  9. Cashew - 2 tsp (optional)
For Grinding:-
  1.  coriander seeds - 1 1/2 tsp
  2. Channa dhall (optional)- 1/2 tsp
  3. Red chillies - 1 or 2 (acc to taste)
  4. Cardamom - 2
  5. cloves - 2
  6. Cinnamon stick - 1 tiny piece
  7. White Sesame seeds - 1/4 tsp
  8. Shredded coconut - 1/2 tsp
Wash basmati rice and soak it for 10 minutes.  In the mean time, roast the ingredients given for grinding, to golden brown. Let it cool and grind it as a powder.  Take a pan, preheat oil/butter, fry cumin seeds, add green chillies and fry it for a second. Now add the thinly shredded onion & turmeric powder. Saute for few minutes. Drain the basmati rice, add it to the frying ingredients and saute for few seconds. Add everything in a vessel. Pour 1 cup of pinepple juice and 1/2 cup water. Add required amount of salt. Also add 1 or 2 tsp (acc to taste) grounded masala powder. Mix it well. Cook it in a rice cooker till it is fully cooked or a pressure cooker upto one whistle. Serve it hot with raita & chips or with potato curry & chips. You will never get the sweetness of pineapple because of the masala powder.

P.S. - It was little spicy with the amount of chillies used. We can always reduce the quantity of chillies.
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