Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pineapple Fried Rice

Pineapple Fried Rice is a very simple Thai dish. I tasted this dish for the first time at my husband's ex-colleague's home. I cannot recall the taste as it was long back but I remember that it tasted good (and the presentation was indeed amazing as he had served in a pineapple). Then I totally forgot about it until I read the recipe in a cook book.

Last year, my BIL gave me a Thai cooking book - Easy Thai Cooking by Robert Danhi . It is a good book for people who eat meat and sea food. I was hunting for a vegetarian recipe and bumped into pineapple fried rice and gave a try with few variations. It turned out very good. The pineapple indeed is a surprise addition. Do try making this variation of the fried rice.

  • Rice - 1/3 cup
  • Oil - 1 Tbsp
  • Chopped Onion- 1/4 cup
  • Chopped Bell pepper - 1/4 cup
  • Chopped Pineapple - 1/4 cup
  • Ginger, grated - 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic, grated - 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chilli Flakes- To taste
  • Soy Sauce- 1 tsp
  • Cilantro (coriander leaves) - 3-4 sprigs
  • Roasted Cashew - For Garnishing (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper - To taste


Wash and cook the rice (I cooked in a microwave oven). Let it cool for some time. The rice grains should be well separated (you can as well put the bowl in a refrigerator for half an hour. This ensures the rice grains to be well separated).

Chop the vegetables and pineapple .

Now heat a pan (or wok) on a high heat. Once hot, add oil. Then add chopped onion and fry for half a minute. Then add in chopped bell pepper. Fry for another minute. Then add in grated ginger and garlic. Continue to fry until the rawness of ginger and garlic goes away.

Then add in the pineapple cubes. Fry for another minute. Then add salt, pepper powder, red chilli flakes. Mix well and add soy sauce. 

Once everything gets mixed add the rice.

Mix it gently and finally add chopped cilantro. 

Once the rice gets heated, turn off the heat and garnish with chopped roasted cashews. Pineapple Fried Rice is ready!!

Serve it hot. Above measurement serves one.

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