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Pineapple Menaskai Recipe

South Indian Curry made with sesame seeds, coconuts, and few Indian spices.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 128kcal


  • ½ pineapple chopped small size or use 2 cups chopped
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • 4 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black gram
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon fenugreek / methi seeds
  • 4-5 red chilies or Byadagi chilies
  • 2 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 strand curry leaves
  • 1 tablespoon grated jaggery
  • 1 teaspoon tamarind optional - if the pineapple is very sour, do not add
  • ½ teaspoon asafoetida


  • Cook the chopped pineapple with 1-2 cups of water. When the pineapples are moderately cooked, add salt, jaggery and tamarind (Optional)
  • Meanwhile, place a pan over medium heat and saute the sesame seeds and keep them aside. Likewise, saute methi seeds, cumin seeds, and black gram and keep them aside.
  • Add a teaspoon of coconut oil to the same pan and fry the chilies until they get crispy. Blend all the spices, sesame seeds, chilies and grated coconut with 1 cup of water and make a smooth paste.
  • Add this paste to cooked pineapple and continue to cook.When it starts to boil, switch off the heat.
  • Directions for seasoning: Place a pan over medium heat and add fry mustard seeds, black gram and 1 red chili with just 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. When the seeds start to sputter, add curry leaves and asafoetida powder/hing.
  • Add the seasoning to the main dish (Pineapple Menaskai) gojju.


Note: The nutrition values I show here are my best estimates. Please be sure to check your preferred nutrition calculator, if you are reliant on accurate calculations in your diet. 


Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg