Thursday, April 28, 2011

Easy Pineapple and Chicken Curry

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Here is a chicken curry that is both spicy and sweet and a breeze to make. The tempering step for this curry is entirely optional but highly desired- There's something to be said about tempered curry leaf and mustard seeds that does wonders to a curry.
  • 4 Chicken Thighs, skinned and cut into pieces
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion, vertically cut
  • 2 Medium Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh or Canned Pineapple Chunks (I Used 'Dole' pineapple chunks)
  • 4 Green Chili, roughly cut
  • 1 Tsp Chili Powder or more/less (Optional)
  • 1" Ginger, peeled and cut into thin strips
  • 1 Stalk Curry Leaf
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 1/4 Tsp Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp Chicken Masala Powder( Any brand, I used "Sakthi")
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt as needed
For Tempering(Optional):
  • 1/4 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 2-3 Green Chili
  • 1 Stalk Curry Leaf
  • 1 Tsp Olive Oil 
    • Heat the olive oil in a pan. Add the cut onions, garlic, ginger,green chili and turmeric powder. Saute until the onions are almost translucent.
    • Add the chicken pieces to the pan and increase the flame to high. Brown the chicken on the outside with the cracked pepper sprinkled on top.
    • Add the chicken masala powder,give a good stir so that the masala powder coats the chicken and other ingredients in the pan.
    • Throw in the chopped tomatoes a couple of minutes later.
    • Add about a cup or water and cook the chicken with closed lid for 10 minutes.
    • Add salt, chili powder(if using), coconut milk and pineapple chunks. Cook for 5 more minutes.

    • Optional Step (For Tempering): In a small skillet heat oil and add the mustard seeds. Once they start sputtering add the curry leaves and green chili.Shake the pan for a few seconds and pour over the chicken curry.
    • Serve the chicken over hot white or brown rice.
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    1. That should be really yummy.. I love the pineapple flavour in friend rice.. So this should be similar I believe..

    2. I love pineapple fried rice so sure to love this chicken curry with pineapple. Yummy..

    3. Looks so so yummy , the color is sure tempting and the picture too. By the way i am going to make the spinach thogayal tomm..will message u :)

    4. I find dishes that are simultaneously sweet and savory so appealing! This looks great!

    5. Looks so tempting and different...sure kids do love this combination a lot...Thanks for sharing...

    6. Wonderful looking chicken curry dear. Color is so wonderful.
      Hamaree Rasoi

    7. come up such different ideas for dishes....i haven't had this combo before...i don't like pineapple all that much...but this does look interesting....:)

    8. Love this mildly sweet curry,apart from me none at home love this combo,seriously am drooling over that wonderful platter..

    9. very interesting combo...inviting clicks rock..!!!
      Tasty Appetite

    10. woww cool,love the combination...definetely kids love it.

    11. Awesome chicken curry,sure must have tasted delicious,bookmarked.

    12. What a innovative recipe, plate looks delicious:)

    13. Such an aromatic curry here, wonderful with pineapple!

    14. its a yummy sweet and savory combination!..I never have tried adding fruits to our regular curries,...after looking at this...I am going to try!
      Smitha's Spicy Flavors

    15. when we go to thai restaurants in finland with my finnish colleagues, they cry and they prefer be safe with chick pineapple curry ...ur food remind me of many incidents, like the indian version and as i prefer much spicy!

    16. Beautiful dish! I love sweet and spicy:)

    17. i have never really liked sweetness and spice together ..and the same reason i don really like the Hawaiian pizza...and u are so right about tempering..i love doing that to every possible dish

    18. Loving the flavors in there and the green plate ;-)

    19. Gulmohar,
      The plate was from Pier1 Imports, in case you are wondering. :-)


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