Sujata's Pineapple curry
Sri Lankan Recipe

Sujata's Pineapple Curry
Serves 4

Pineapple curry is a distinctively Sri Lankan dish. Usually eaten at lunch rather than dinner, it is on the sweet and sour side. It is a touch spicy, but in this version if you use coconut milk, it will counteract the spiciness. Side dish to a chicken curry or a vegetarian alternative.

This version by our friend Sujata can be cooked to almost a chutney. So you could even use it as a sauce to bring a taste of the tropics to something like roast chicken or poached salmon.

curry paste ingredients:
1 stick of cinnamon (about 4-5 cm long)
1/2 teaspoon of cardamon powder (or crushed fresh pods)
1/2 teaspoon of roasted curry powder*
Salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
1-2 pinches of pepper
other ingredients:
1 ripe pineapple
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
1 teaspooon of mustard seeds
4 cloves of garlic
1 large Bombay onion or red onion, diced
1 tablespoon curry leaves**
1/2 cup of water or coconut milk
1 tablespoon of sugar
* If you're buying this rather than making, buy one that says Sri Lankan on it from an Asian grocer or the Steenberg's Sri Lankan masala which is available in some supermarkets. Otherwise, Indian (widely available) will do.
** Fresh curry leaves are available at Asian grocers and in larger Tesco stores. If you can't get them, then you can buy dried curry leaves in the herbs and spices aisle in most supermarkets.


Chop the pineapple into small cubes, around 1cm x 1cm.

Mix the curry paste ingredients together and cover the pineapple cubes in the mixture.

Heat up the oil in a deep frying pan and add the mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds start popping, add the garlic, the diced onion and the curry leaves.

Once the ingredients have turned a lovely shade of golden brown, add the pineapple and all the curry paste.

Turn the heat down and soften the pineapple (this should take about 5 minutes).

Add the water (or coconut milk) and the sugar, stir and simmer until thickened (this should take about 5 minutes).


About Sujata

Sujata lives in Kandy in Sri Lanka with her husband Roney and their young adult daughter Onella. Kandy is an ancient city of Sri Lanka. Sujata is a teacher but in her spare time loves sharing Sri Lankan culture with Tell Tale guests. And she'll even show you how to knock up a delicious meal Sri Lankan style. Why not meet her family on Serendipity and Tea or Leopards and Turtles?

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