Pineapple sweet and sour (khatta)

November 3, 2008

What happens when you wake up with a blocked nose and your head spinning and a slight numb body ache? don’t you feel like tucking back into the sheets and not wanting to draw your thick curtains that still prevent the Sunbeam bunnies entering your room and basking you in the morning glow? Last week when my hubby came home after a business trip with his runny crimson nose I was sure that we wouldn’t be spared and would have to go through our generous share of the flu. It is often a mystery why we get plenty of things we never really want especially the flu and the nagging cold.

Staying just a few hundred yards from the sea shore, the air is always slightly chilly and often windy. After the morning alarm buzzed this Monday morning I reluctantly woke up but a good thing I learned as part of my yoga training is to stretch my self a bit to relax the stiffness in the main muscle groups. It feels so much better after a of couple of deep breaths and relaxing over a morning cuppa with a hint of cardamom, Cinnamon & ginger.

Biding adieu to father and son I felt like stretching myself again and grabbing a left over cuppa from the teapot and getting myself ready for my virtual tour of the magical world of culinary delights. It is so fascinating to see varieties and ideas that flip with a click and almost magically or should I say gastronomically u get to decide the day’s menu, and the most important after school snack box.

After being pampered staying in a serviced apartment close to three years in Beijing I decided to get hold of the broom and ground myself into reality. I have great regards for those who at the same time cook, clean and manage their household chores in spite of having a demanding job, Kudos and cheers to them for the hard work they put up to, to keep the family smiling. Juggling between Asian countries where we are pampered with a trained housekeeper and Australia, where things fell apart and managing all alone hit me hardest where it hurts most. I am glad that I have started enjoying both aspects and good to know that I still am pretty adept with the broom.

Last week when my hubby came back from his business trip, I wanted to prepare something authentic Odiya and I prepared this pineapple katta (sweet and sour) that is often a part of our extensive cooking palette.

The recipe is as follows


2 cups pineapple cut into chunks
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon pancha putana
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
1 teaspoon paprika powder or roasted chili powder
Salt to taste
Few curry and red chilies for seasoning

Handful of raisins


Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan. Add the pancha putana and when they start to crackle, add the curry leaves, red chilies and grated ginger, Sauté and add the pineapple chunks. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes till they are slightly tender. Add sugar, cover and cook on a low fire for 5 to 7 minutes till the pineapple are cooked and liquid is dried up. Season it with salt, cumin powder, raisins and paprika. Remove and cool.

Goes well as a side dish and can stay in fridge for a week.


Incidentally for the flu the best advice I have is fill yourself up with fluids, the safest and the best water and rest. Nothing else comes as close. Chicken soup and panadols are the next best thing and frankly have never been a great fan of needles to take the flu shots so cannot comment.

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  • Reply Ivy November 3, 2008 at 6:40 am

    Thanks for visiting my blog and giving me the opportunity to meet you as well. Unfortunately most of us “domestic goddesses” have to do everything by ourselves but I don’t mind cooking all day long but I wish I had some help with the house chores. Your recipe sounds delicious and hey, if you ever come to Greece don’t ask for putana as it means whore 😉

  • Reply anudivya November 3, 2008 at 6:40 am

    So pretty! You live a few hundred yards from the seashore? Lucky gal.

  • Reply Vij November 3, 2008 at 6:40 am

    This is a new dish to me…but i love khatta meeta(ness) in food….gonna try it soon!

    Lovely pic! temptin too.. gr8 presentation.

  • Reply Arundathi November 3, 2008 at 6:40 am

    the photos are amazing! and i can just imagine the taste of the pineapple. what a super idea! thanks!

  • Reply Aparna November 3, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Your version, and the picture especially looks mouthwateringly delicious.
    Staying in bed is what I’ve been doing all week, so I know what you’re talking about.
    Hope you’re feeling better soon.

  • Reply Happy cook November 3, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Wow beautiful picture. Love the way you have presentation of the dish.

  • Reply jayasree November 3, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Lovely presentation. Great click. Nice recipe.

  • Reply SMN November 3, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Im a pineapple fan and i love those sweet and sour combo of the fruit i can imagine how nice it must hv taste..

  • Reply Uma November 4, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Wow, you do yoga? Me too! That is an ultimate relaxing workout!

    Coming to the recipe, what can I say? No words for me other than staring at that wonderful creation! Kudos Shibani! Never made anything with pineapple, just eaten it as a whole fruit.

  • Reply Usha November 4, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Sounds delightful…there is an award waiting for you at my blog,please check it out 🙂

  • Reply Cham November 4, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Lovely tropical breeze when it is cold 🙂 Fantastic picture!

  • Reply Cilantro November 4, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Amazing Pictures. I have little knowledge about Oriyan food and this recipe tempts me. I have bookmarked and will try it out…can we make this with raw mango too?

  • Reply Bhawana November 4, 2008 at 12:10 am

    wowwwwwwww Pearlsosoft :). what a click and recipe u posted. so mouthwatering and tenpting. superb. by the way whats ur name :). and ur profile pic so cute.

  • Reply Soma November 4, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Your presentation makes me feel like reaching out and taking some. It also makes me feel like sitting on the sand and scooping it out.

    This sound so similar to the pineapple mishti chutney I make (kinda link Bengali tomato chutney), but do not add curry leaves. I will use your idea to make a party presentation. Thanks.

  • Reply Curry Leaf November 4, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Lovely,I love pineapples and will try it soon.I have all the ingredients

  • Reply sunita November 4, 2008 at 12:10 am

    That looks lovely…and get well soon.

  • Reply Rachel November 4, 2008 at 12:10 am

    We are going through our round of the flu…amazing pics as always..

  • Reply Pearlsofeast November 4, 2008 at 1:35 am

    Cilantro,u can make it with raw mango too.I have a recipe

    Bhawana, thanks for the compliment and My name is Shibani

  • Reply sowmya November 4, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    beautiful decoratoion..loved the recipe too..good one..

  • Reply Vandana Rajesh November 4, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    ur pineapple dish looks wonderful. Gr8 presentation.

  • Reply TBC November 4, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    You’ve been taking fabulous pics lately! New camera?
    The presentation is simply beautiful!

  • Reply Divya Vikram November 4, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Am too trying to do yoga everyday! Nice tangy recipe.

  • Reply Mansi November 5, 2008 at 2:23 am

    wow, I’m sure your hubby must’ve been very happy with this authentic meal:) looks really nice:) great pic too!

    but I’m seriously laughing at Ivy’s comment here:) hehehe:D

  • Reply Sagari November 5, 2008 at 2:23 am

    beautiful pineapple recipe shibhani

  • Reply Kevin November 5, 2008 at 4:14 am

    That spiced pineapple sounds really good!

  • Reply Kitchen Flavours November 5, 2008 at 7:29 am

    Recipe with pineappale wow.This is something reallt really new to me. Looks yummy. Sweet and sour combo umm i have to make this to try this na….

  • Reply Vaishali November 6, 2008 at 3:07 am

    Pineapple with spices! Just reading through your recipe made my mouth water.

  • Reply Sunshinemom November 9, 2008 at 1:08 am

    This is a great idea.Thanks for sharing and I just love the way you have served it!!

  • Reply Geri November 16, 2008 at 2:31 am

    Looks absolutely nummy and so tempting. Love the presentation, and I’m going to try it. Pineapple is so good for (as long as it’s organic). If you’re interested here’s why http://www.newrinkles.com/index.php/archive/did-you-know-pineapple/

  • Reply Namratha November 25, 2008 at 1:21 am

    Looks colourful and lipsmacking good Pearls, love it!

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