Hot and bothered? Chill out with these pineapple concoctions (Foodie Trail)

Last Updated: Wed, Jun 18, 2014 13:20 hrs

Pineapples have a typical musky tropical flavour. I've always loved pineapples for their versatility: use them in salads, punches, cocktails, main dishes and even desserts. It doesn't end here. We can even use the shell for decoration or for serving salads or desserts.

And to top it all, pineapples pack a tremendous nutritional punch, containing vitamins A,C, E, and K; potassium; calcium; electrolytes and phyto-nutrients like carotene.

Pineapples are a rich source of anti-oxidants. They fight against free radicals in the body, preventing cell damage. These anti-oxidants help protect you from diseases like atherosclerosis, heart diseases, arthritis and various cancers. Besides, the fruit prevents colds, improves the eyesight, promotes healthy gums, builds strong bones, prevents muscular degeneration, aids digestion and boosts the immune system.

With its cap of spiky, green leaves and golden orange skin, pineapples have a unique appearance. Interestingly, a single pineapple is, in fact, a collection of multiple fruits; each one is the fruit of an individual blossom. Pineapples are available the year-round in local markets.

I being a foodie, liberally use pineapples in my preparations. I am going to share some exotic pineapple recipes in this Foodie Trail so we all can treat our taste buds, besides reaping the benefits of this healthy tropical wonder.

To kick-start here is the recipe for a simple mocktail cooler:

* Pine cooler

Juice of a ripe pineapple

Lemon 1 tbsp

Ginger juice 1 tbsp

Salt to taste

Mint leaves for garnish

Mix all the ingredients together and serve chilled, garnished with mint leaves

Alternatively you can mix 1/4 of the glass with soda and 3/4th with the juice mixture for some fizz

* Pineapple and feta salad

Pineapple cubes 1 cup

Feta cheese 3 tbsp

Peanuts 2 tbsp

Salt to taste

Red chilli flakes 1/2 tsp

Lemon 1 tbsp

Sugar 1 tbsp

Mustard powder 1 tsp

Mix all the ingredients together and rub well so the feta is evenly spread on the pineapple cubes

Serve chilled

Now, get ready for an Indian twist:

* Pineapple halwa

Grated pineapple 1 helping

Khoya 1 cup

Raisins 2 tsp

Sugar 1/2 cup

Cardamom powder 1 tsp

Oil 1/2 cup

In a pan, heat the oil and stir-fry pineapple for 5-10 minutes. Add khoya and continuously stir-fry till all is blended well. Now add the other ingredients, stirring for few minutes

Serve hot

(18.06.2014 - Monish Gujral, owner of the Moti Mahal chain, is a restaurateur, chef and food writer. He can be contacted at

More from Sify: