22
Mar
07

Pineapple Salsa

dsc04042.JPGI love pineapple in all forms. Few of my favorite are fresh pineapple juice, pineapple fried rice and on Pizza. Haggin-das has pineapple coconut ice cream flavor I use to eat like crazy but now i got bored so for a while i’m taking break from that. First time when I had pineapple on pizza, I was really surprised with the taste and it just blended so well with other vegetables. Now salsa is added to the list.

Pineapple salsa is a spicy, sweet, colorful, and delicious – this is a versatile tropical salsa that goes well with any type of meal.Cumin adds smokiness to the dish and gives a unique flavor.I love to eat this with chips and also as a side dish with my Mexican favorites. This is a super easy recipe and is really great dish (summer) or anytime, also has a nice fresh taste. You can also serve this along with greens; the possibilities with this wonderful tropical fruit are endless. It not only a treat to eyes and mouth but also a crowd pleasing dish. I served this with regular store bough tortilla chips and it’s really tasted delicious and everyone loved it.

This is my entry for Mahi’s AFAM.

Ingredients

2 cups pineapples (clean and finely chopped)
1 small red onion (2tbsp, finely chopped)
2 tbsp finely chopped red bell pepper
1 jalapeño pepper (de-seeded & finely chopped)
Juice of 1 lime
1-1 ½ tsp cumin powder
2-3 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves.
Salt to taste.

Procedure

In a large bowl, toss together pineapple, red bell pepper, onions, jalapeño pepper, lime juice and cilantro. Season with cumin and salt. Cover, and chill in the refrigerator until serving.

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Notes and Tips.

You can use canned pineapple but drain all the juices and then use for making salsa. You can even grill the pineapple for extra flavor. If you don’t like cilantro you can use mint. Some times fresh pineapple may cause irritation of the tip of the tongue in some cases, so take a small bite and if u feel irritation, take a big bowl of water add little salt and drop the pineapple slices in salted water for 1-2 minutes, rinse with fresh water pat to dry and chop. My mom always does this. It really works. So sometimes even I do this.

Little History about Pineapples:-

The pineapple (Ananas comosus) is a tropical plant and fruit (berry), probably native to Brazil or Paraguay. Pineapples have excellent juiciness and a vibrant tropical flavor that balances the taste of sweet and tart. Pineapples are a composite of many flowers whose individual fruit-lets fuse together around a central core. Each fruit-let can be identified by an “eye,” the rough spiny marking on the pineapple’s surface. Pineapples are wide, cylindrical in shape, a scaly green, brown or yellow skin and a regal crown of spiky, blue-green leaves and fibrous yellow flesh. Pineapple is a good source of manganese, thaimin (Vitamin B1) as well as containing significant amounts of Vitamin C and Vitamin B1, also pineapple contains a proteolytic enzyme bromelain, which digests food by breaking down protein.

Pineapple is commonly used in desserts and other types of fruit dishes, or served on its own. The pineapple juice has been fermented into an alcoholic beverage commonly called pineapple wine, which is a type of fruit wine, most commonly produced in Hawaii. Pineapples are also used as topping for pizza, most commonly in the “Hawaiian” type pizza . Pineapple juice can thus be used as a marinade.

Although the season for pineapple runs from March through June, they are available year-round in local markets. It will not ripen once harvested, so must be harvested ripe and brought to the consumer without delay. Pineapple is therefore most widely available canned. Pineapples are second only to bananas as America’s favorite tropical fruit.

Source:
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=34
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pineapple


18 Responses to “Pineapple Salsa”


  1. March 22, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    Very very nice Salsa!! Very creative,you took out Mexico and made it Hawaiian!! Beautiful,I will make it,thank you:)

  2. 2 sia
    March 23, 2007 at 8:11 am

    simple yet tasty isn’t it? lovely colour, lovely taste and good for health. what more u want?

  3. March 23, 2007 at 10:47 am

    Yummy looking Salsa Padmaja!
    Cheers,
    Latha

  4. March 23, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    hey nice entry! looks good to me!!

    cheers
    sharmi

  5. March 23, 2007 at 10:25 pm

    Happy Ugadi Padmaja

    Beautiful entry with all the freshness of pineapple intact

  6. March 24, 2007 at 11:16 pm

    Hey,
    That is such an innovative dish..Great entry for AFAM..
    Swaps

  7. March 26, 2007 at 6:53 am

    This looks great! I will definitely give it a try.

    I’ve been cruising the Indian food blogs and eveything looks so good. I’m not sure I can find many of the ingredients I would need to try it myself, though.

    Reese

  8. March 26, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    Shivapriya-

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    I had to ask: do you have a recipe for chai? I was introduced to it through Oregon Chai and looked around the internet for authentic recipes. I tried a few that were okay. One issue is that I don’t know where to find fresh, whole cardamom so I just used dried, ground cardamom from my spice rack. Honestly, cardamom isn’t my favorite spice, but I love fresh ginger.

    I’m American, but living temporarily in a small German town and I haven’t seen any Indian ingredients the few times I’ve been to the German stores. I definitely can’t find any at the small American commissary I shop at. Is there a good website that sells Indian ingredients?

    Thank you for any help you can offer.

    Reese

  9. March 27, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    Hey Asha, Sia, Sharmi. Sandeepa, Swapna, latha and Reese
    Thankq all so much.

    Reese I left message in ur inbox. I hope that will help you.

  10. March 27, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    I love salsa, but never tried pineapple salsa yet. Guess there are mango salsas too..
    Nice pictures there..

  11. March 27, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    Hi padmaja
    lovely recipe.

  12. March 28, 2007 at 12:53 am

    Nice entry and good post Padmaja. Viji

  13. March 29, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    Lovely Salsa…love the tang that Pineapple adds…have you ever tried Peach Salsa?
    I love Pineapple on my pizzas too! Pineapple and Jalapenos….go really well together.

    cheers,
    trupti

  14. March 30, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    Padmaja,
    Adding pineapple to salsa is such a wonderful idea. I am sure the sweet and sour taste of this fruit adds the so called extra something to the salsa. Will try it soon.

  15. March 31, 2007 at 11:53 am

    Padmaja,

    This sounds great! I also make a sweet and spicy salsa with mango that I love so I’m sure I’ll like the pineapple! And now that you mentioned the ice cream, it makes me want to try making some fresh pineapple ice cream at home!

    Take care!
    Nicole

  16. May 29, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Simple, healthy n easy to make salsa. Nice blog with very good information and pictures.

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