Pineapple Rasam/Saar

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Summers in Mangalore get pretty hot and humid. What can be a more simpler meal than having steaming rice with hot rasam, papad, mango pickle ending with curd! We often get pineapples at home. At times, the pineapples may not be as sweet as enjoying them as is and just bland by taste. This saar, as called in Kannada or rasam is a great way of using these pineapples. It's simple, quick and easy... sweet, sour, spicy... a great way to beat the heat!


1 medium pineapple, chopped/cubed
1 tsp Rasam/sambhar powder
1 tsp tamarind pulp
1/2 cup water Jaggery
1 tbsp Oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
A pinch of hing (asafeotida)
A sprig of curry leaves


Boil chopped pineapple with 1/2 cup water for sometime till it turns soft. Add tamarind, jaggery, salt, rasam powder. Ajust the ingredients as per your taste. Add more tamarind/jaggery if the pineapple is too bland. Add a tempering of mustard, hing and curry leaves. I love mine with a stronger dash of hing. Wasn't this quick and simple!


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