Sunday, June 9, 2013

Pineapple Raita

Pineapple is a delicious and nutritious fruit and Raita of Pineapple is very refreshing and cooling side dish for any meal. It is little bit sweet and nicely flavored accompaniment. It is made from Pineapple chunks, Dahi (yogurt), saffron and some spices. It is perfect afternoon snack in hot summer days or even a side dish with meal (Like Parathas, thepla ,etc.).
As it is  little sweet in tatse, I would recommend to serve with any spicy Rice dish (Biryani, Pulav, masala khichadi,etc.) Also this raita can be used as a dip.
Here I sprinkled crush saffron over pineapple raita and it gave a nice aromatic flavor and color shading to it.


For  cooking pineapple:
  • 1/2 cup Pineapple chunks
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
For Raita:
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon heavy cream (or malai)
  • 2 tablespoon sugar (add accordingly)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 6-7 saffron threads
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  1. First mix water and sugar, add lemon juice and cubed Pineapple. Now pressure cook and take one whistle on medium flame. Let it cool down completely.
  2. Strain the water from cooked Pineapple and squeeze out as much as possible by hands and save that water. (do not throw, it will make delicious Pineapple Panna stated below in notes)
  3. Next add yogurt (dahi), heavy cream, black pepper, salt and sugar in a bowl. Mix well.
  4. Now add cooked pineapple and mix well.
  5. Take saffron threads, crush it by hands and sprinkle over Pineapple raita. Keep in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes. (By this way there will be beautiful shading of saffron and your raita will be attractive)
  6. your raita is ready to serve.

You can check out my other Pineaaple recipes:
  1. Pineapple Lassi
  2. Pineapple and grape sabzi
  3. Grapes and cashew nuts curry in pineapple gravy
  • Cook pineapple in sugar water for this raita otherwise it will taste bitter.
  • Take cooked pineapple strain water, ice cubes, 2-3 cooked Pineapple pieces and 2-3 saffron threads and blend it and strain by using fine mesh strainer. Sprinkle black pepper powder, chill and it will make delicious pineapple panna. Enjoy!

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