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Pineapple Carrot Chillie Salad Gajar Ka Achar

I had the fortune of coming across a pineapple on sale and so quickly bought it, but then I wondered what to do with it. I thought about stuffing it with cooked veg and broth but then mum came up with the idea of putting a salad in it 😀

Pineapple

I immediately thought Gajar ka Achar! That is chilli carrot pickle/salad – it’s very simple and very moorish. There are also a lot of recipes for this simple mix but I had to make do with what I had and taking into account that mum doesn’t like things as chilli as I do (alas). The sweetness of the pineapple ofsets the chilli and makes a gorgeous fresh taste like pickle and eases digestion.

Ingredients

4 carrots
4 Green chillies
pinch of coriander seeds
1 flat tsp cayenne pepper
1 flat tsp turmeric
1/2 flat tsp unrefined sea or rock salt
Olive oil

Ideal recipe:
Carrots
Dry, skinny/wrinkly Green chillies instead of fresh ones, as they are much hotter
1 flat tsp cayenne pepper
1 flat tsp turmeric
1/2 flat tsp unrefined sea or rock salt
Perhaps 1/2 flat tsp of unrefined sugar for those who like chutney tastes
Fresh dill
Fresh coriander
Fresh parsley
Olive oil

Most Asian recipes use mace, mustard seeds and cloves, and sometimes mustard oil – this is definitely a hot salad.

Steps

1) Wash the veg

2) Chop the carrots into sticks, remember to think of whose teeth will be chomping these; shorter & thinner sticks for people who find it hard to chew.

3) Thinly slice the chillies.

Carrots Green Chillies

There were only fresh chillies available, but for chilly lovers these taste like medium chillies and I can eat them in one-two bites. They’re like any normal or lemony pepper. Older peppers are better for the fearful burn that nothing except waiting it out will heal.

4) Cut off the top of the pineapple, as close to the head as possible to avoid waste.
5) Cut around the inside of the pineapple, be careful not to go through the skin. Cut criss-cross lines down to the centre of the pineapple. This makes it easier to take out the top layer and then cut and scoop out the rest. You can pour the juice in a cup for later as there will be plenty left over inside whilst you eat.

Cutting Dicing Emptying Pineapple

Scooping Pineapple

6) Fry the coriander seeds in olive oil on high heat for a couples of minutes until they pop, add the cayenne, turmeric and salt and fry for another minute.

Frying Spice Coriander Seeds

7) Coat the carrots and chillies in the spice oil and mix.
8) Put as much of the mix into the pineapple as you want (can always add more later if you can’t fit it all in).

Pineapple Carrot Chillie Salad Gajar Ka Achar

Once you’ve finished you can cut the pineapple into sections and remove all the inner pineapple leftover to eat.

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Comments on: "Simple Sunday Salad – Sweet & Spicy Stuffed Pineapple" (16)

  1. This recipe looks amazing…..always nice to see what others come up with, we all tend to get stuck in an ‘cooking’ rut sometimes. Well done! I will be reposting this one 😉 http://blogizing.wordpress.com/

    • Oh wow thank you, I’m glad you like it!

      It’s very true, sometimes it’s hard to think of something new to try especially if you’re in an uncertain mood and don’t really know what you’re in the mood for. I’m grateful to have my mum to provide her ideas and opinions 🙂

      Thanks again and for stopping by!

  2. Reblogged this on Blogizing and commented:
    Wow….look at this recipe, always great to see something new and different to try!

  3. Omgosh..not only does this look yummy and healthy, but the presentation is also so nice!

  4. Here’s a combination I didn’t expect to make me crave haha 🙂 It looks like a fine snack, and it also looks pretty on display so you can even get children to eat it 😀

    • I’m glad to have made something surprisingly appetizing! 😀 I agree and think it’s important to make fruit/veg attractive to kids and those who otherwise think of them as side dishes or lacking in variety so it’s nice to read a comment about that 🙂 Taking out the chillies and reducing the cayenne would definitely make this an interesting dish for kids and those with low heat tolerance.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always love reading your comments! 😀

  5. Holy Yummm this looks so tasty!

  6. This looks so good!! Pineapple is a very welcome winter treat- it’s a little bit of the tropics in the cold :)! Love your blog, btw!! xo

    • I couldn’t agree more with your sentiment! When I was eating it and looking out the window it was indeed uplifting.

      Thank you so much for the compliment too, I’m glad you like it! 🙂

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