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Sri Lankan-mildly spiced Pineapple curry.

Pineapple curry with Sri Lankan flavors.

Here’s how to cook the best Pineapple curry for your family.

If you are looking for a savory pineapple recipe your family will love, then this easy 30-minute curry recipe should do it.

This tasty coconut-pineapple curry recipe is

  • Healthy
  • A vegetarian curry
  • Savory vegan curry
  • gluten-free
  • Low-carb
  • The pineapple curry is a delicious addition for dinner and lunch.

If you already make delicious curries then you already have all the ingredients to make this curried Pineapple dish.

A mild curry cooked using pineapple and coconut milk/cream.

chunks of pineapple cooked in creamy coconut milk and served on a dish.

The taste of the Pineapple curry sauce.

With all that natural sweetness and acidity in pineapple, you’ll expect the pineapple curry recipe to retain the same flavors but it doesn’t.

When it’s cooked, this low carb Pineapple dish loses its natural sweetness and acidity making it a great side-dish for meat and seafood.

The fruit almost tastes like another vegetable dish that can certainly make a great accompaniment for your meatless meals as well.

Easiest Pineapple curry you’ll ever cook.

So go ahead and give it a try, with few familiar spices, coconut milk, this Sri Lankan pineapple curry will be something different to serve for the family.

This vegan/vegetarian Pineapple recipe is extremely kid-friendly as well.

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More ways to make pineapple curry.

One of the perks of having a diverse culture is that everyone has their own way of cooking certain dishes.

What you get is a mix of curries and dishes, sometimes using the same ingredient that can be uniquely different but at the same time as a whole, can be named a Sri Lankan dish.

For example, this vegetarian Sri Lankan pineapple curry recipe.

It’s more in line with the Sinhalese way(although less spicy)of cooking.If you want to try the spicy Pineapple curry the recipe is given below.

The Muslims, including me, turn them into a much more intensely sweeter vegetarian dish than this coconut pineapple curry recipe.

It’s more of a chutney than a curry(recipe link is given below).

I am yet to find explore and find the Tamil way of cooking the pineapple but when I do, I’ll make sure to add the dish as well but if one of my readers can help me out with this, I’ll greatly appreciate it.

pan of Sri Lankan style pineapple curry.
 
Can I use canned Pineapple to make the curry?

Yes.

You can even use the pineapple juice to flavor the gravy but let it simmer longer on low fire so the gravy thickens before adding the chunks of pineapple.

Make sure not to overcook and turn them too soft.

 

Can I use the core to make the Sri Lankan pineapple curry?

Yes. you can use the core as well.

 

Meal Ideas with Pineapple curry.

  • Serve the pineapple curry with any type of meat dish.

 

  • Seafood will especially go well with this creamy pineapple coconut curry dish.

 

 

Can I make this mild pineapple curry spicier?

Yes, at the time of adding turmeric powder, add 1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder and 1/2 teaspoon of curry powder for a more intense curry flavor. 

Tips on how to choose Pineapple.
  • Make sure to take your time choosing the right pineapple because you don’t want to bring the pineapple home and find out it’s too ripe. Especially when you are in a rush and the way these fruits are stacked, makes it difficult to choose at a glance. 
  • Check the leafy crown, the leaves should not be yellow but green.
  • Check the skin of the pineapple, it should have a combination of yellow and green but mostly green.
  • Avoid pineapple that is too yellow near the crown or at the bottom. it’s always safer to buy a greener pineapple, bring it home and let it ripen for a day and then use it.
  • When you press into the pineapple it should not have any give in, especially at the bottom and top.
  • The easiest way to check if the pineapple is overripe is to smell the bottom of the pineapple if you do get the sweet, acidic smell that is pungent and lingers then the pineapple is close to rotting.
  • If you are buying organic pineapple at the supermarket, avoid the fruits that are placed under direct sunlight.
More Pineapple recipes!

RECIPE DIFFICULTY -EASY

How to make Pineapple curry

Please make sure to read the recipe instructions carefully to avoid mistakes.

Ingredients

Ingredients mentioned below use standard measuring cups and spoons.

1 medium-sized Pineapple cleaned and cut into thick cubes

3 tablespoons of oil

a sprig of curry leaves

1 large onion cut into slices

1 green chilli chopped

3 cardamom pods slightly bruised

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds

1 cup of coconut milk

1 teaspoon sugar(optional)

Method

A quick guide on how to cut a  pineapple

Have a bowl ready to hold the discarded skin of the pineapple.  


Cut off the crown and the bottom stem.

If your Pineapple is large and long, cut it in half. this makes it easier to remove the skins.

Keep the pineapple in a standing position and slowly trim the skin.

Running the knife from top to bottom. make sure to trim ONLY the skin.

Once you trim the skin, it’s time to remove the eyes.

Use a smaller, sharper, thin knife to do this.

There are two ways to do this.

1st method

You will notice that the eyes run diagonal pattern on the flesh of the fruit.

Place the pairing knife diagonally, slightly slanted.

Keeping the eye in the middle, run the knife on both sides on a v-shape and cut out the eyes.

Once done the pineapple will look as below image.

This method takes a little time but will help you avoid taking out extra fresh off the pineapple.

2 method

Cut them into 1/2 inch round slices first.

And then, cut around the outer edges of the pineapple cutting off the eyes.

Once done, cut them into thick cubes or chunks so they withstand the cooking heat better.

How to make pineapple curry.

Place pan over medium fire, pour in the oil(3 tbs), heat it for a few minutes.

Add curry leaves(a sprig), onions(1 large), green chillies(1), cardamom(3), turmeric powder(1 tsp)
(see notes above for a more spocier Pineapple curry).

Cook the ingredients for 5 minutes over low heat until the onions slices turn translucent.

Add the mustard seeds(1/2 tsp)to the pan just as the onions are turning slightly brown and saute for three minutes over medium heat.

tempering ingredients for the pineapple curry.

Add the Pineapple to the tempered ingredients.

Reduce heat to low and combine with the tempered ingredients in the pan for 5 minutes.

Season with salt while the pineapple cooks.

Add the cubed pineapple to the tempering ingredients.

Maintaining low heat, pour in the coconut milk(1 cup).

Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the pineapple cubes turn soft, season with salt if needed.

If you want to add a bit of sweetness to the curry, add the quantity of sugar mentioned above and stir the curry before removing it from the fire.

Sri Lankan-mildly spiced pineapple curry. A coconut milk Pineapple curry cooked in 30 minutes. The fruit curry fits into all types of diets as well, from vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free to low-carb.

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Sri Lankan-mildly spiced pineapple curry. A coconut milk Pineapple curry cooked in 30 minutes. The fruit curry fits into all types of diets as well, from vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free to low-carb.

Sri Lankan-mildly spiced Pineapple curry(vegetarian, vegan).

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Sri Lankan-mildly spiced pineapple curry.

A coconut milk Pineapple curry cooked in 30 minutes.

The fruit curry fits into all types of diets as well, from vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free to low-carb.

Ingredients

  • Ingredients mentioned below use standard measuring cups and spoons.
  • 1 medium-sized Pineapple cleaned and cut into thick cubes
  • 3 tablespoons of oil
  • a sprig of curry leaves
  • 1 large onion cut into slices
  • 1 green chilli chopped
  • 3 cardamom pods slightly bruised
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar(optional)

Instructions

A QUICK GUIDE ON HOW TO CUT A  PINEAPPLE. 

Have a bowl ready to hold the discarded skin of the pineapple.  

Cut off the crown and the bottom stem.

If your Pineapple is large and long, cut it in half. this makes it easier to remove the skins. 

Keep the pineapple in a standing position and slowly trim the skin. 

Running the knife from top to bottom. make sure to trim ONLY the skin.

Once you trim the skin, it’s time to remove the eyes.

Use a smaller, sharper, thin knife to do this. 

There are two ways to do this.

1st method 

You will notice that the eyes run diagonal pattern on the flesh of the fruit. 

Place the pairing knife diagonally, slightly slanted. 

Keeping the eye in the middle, run the knife on both sides on a v-shape and cut out the eyes.

Once done the pineapple will look as below image. 

This method takes a little time but will help you avoid taking out extra fresh off the pineapple.

2 method

Cut them into 1/2 inch round slices first.

And then, cut around the outer edges of the pineapple cutting off the eyes.

Once done, cut them into thick cubes or chunks so they withstand the cooking heat better.

HOW TO MAKE THE PINEAPPLE CURRY.

Place pan over medium fire, pour in the oil(3 tbs), heat it for a few minutes.

Add curry leaves(a sprig), onions(1 large), green chillies(1), cardamom(3), turmeric(1tsp). (see notes above for a more spicier pineapple curry).

Cook the ingredients for 5 minutes over low heat until the onion slices turn translucent.

Add the mustard seeds(1/2tsp) to the pan just as the onions are turning slightly brown and sauté for 3 minutes over medium heat. 

Add the Pineapple to the tempered ingredients.

Reduce heat to low and combine with the tempered ingredients in the pan for 5 minutes.

Season with salt while the pineapple cooks.

Maintaining low heat, pour in the coconut milk(1 cup).

Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the pineapple cubes turn soft, season with salt if needed.

If you want to add a bit of sweetness to the curry, add the quantity of sugar mentioned above and stir the curry before removing it from the fire.

Serve warm with rice and curry.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 389Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 502mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 11g

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Zac

Sunday 25th of April 2021

Really easy and makes a nice change. Too sweet for us, probably the pineapples we get in uk are not great. Or maybe the cocOnut milk had been sweetened.

jehan

Monday 26th of April 2021

Hi Zac, thank you for trying out the recipe. this pineapple curry is not sweet, I think it can be coconut milk. did you use coconut cream, although we don't have coconut cream here I've heard it's sweet. If you want a spicier version, just search for spicy pineapple curry Sinhalese style. Hope this helps. Regards, J

Mel of Mels Davao Food Tour

Monday 8th of February 2021

We loved it. Added ripe jackfruit to it. The curry leaves gave it a nice fragrance. Then I topped it with shrimps. Will cook this again.

jehan

Tuesday 9th of February 2021

Hi Mel, Glad you liked it. haven't tried adding jackfruit with my pineapple curry. but I love the idea of shrimp in it. Regards, J

dan

Monday 11th of May 2020

this was great--easy to do--super yum--made with beetroot curry--loads of colour on the table many thanks--

jehan

Monday 11th of May 2020

Hi Dan, Glad you enjoyed the pineapple curry. you are most welcome. Regards J

Terri Byrne

Sunday 19th of April 2020

Very disappointed in this recipe

jehan

Sunday 19th of April 2020

Hi Terri, I'm sorry that the recipe was disappointing if you don't mind, can let you let me know what you didn't like about this recipe so I can help you out? This Pineapple curry is a very mildly spiced dish and less spicy. It might not be to everyone's taste, especially if you like spicy food. For this reason, I have also added a spicier version of the recipe which is more in line with the Sinhalese way of cooking. Anyway, let me know, how I can help you with the recipe. Regards J

Clairw

Tuesday 28th of May 2019

Thank you for such a gorgeous recipe, my boys, youngest is 5, all love this. I miss out the green chilli and add it to adults' plates. Its a regular request on our dinner menu. 5 stars!

jehan

Wednesday 29th of May 2019

HEllo Clairw, Thank you for letting me know how well the Pineapple recipe went with your kids. I'll be adding a Pineapple recipe this June for the adults, though my kids love it as well. so keep a look out for it, I'm sure the family will enjoy it. regards J

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