Pineapple Curry

Pineapple Curry

“The Rickshaw Driver’s Curry” via The New York Times


½ coconut, grated, or 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 teaspoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
3 fresh curry leaves, available online or in specialty shops
1 pineapple, about 1 pound, cut into one-inch chunks
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt


  1. Pulse the coconut, turmeric, onion, garlic and cumin seeds in a food processor until finely chopped and combined. Set aside.
  2. Heat the coconut oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the mustard seeds and the curry leaves, and let them cook until the mustard seeds pop, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add the coconut mixture and 2/3 cup water and cook for about 3 minutes. Then add the pineapple, sugar, salt and another 1/3 cup water, if needed. Continue cooking until the water has almost been absorbed and the pineapple is soft, about 10 minutes. Adjust the seasonings to taste and serve with rice.