Thursday, February 2, 2012

Smoky Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple is one such fruit that is constantly used in savoury items as wells. The tartness of the pineapple makes it perfect for savoury dishes as well. I have always loved grilling or caramelizing pineapple and this time I made a tart spicy salsa by combining it with fiery red chillies. I have adapted the recipe from here and I have adapted the recipe by adjusting the ingredients slightly.


Ingredients: 
Pineapple: peeled,cored and cubed/quartered : about 1-1.5 cups
Onion: 1 small quartered
Red Pepper: 1 medium
Tomato: 1 medium sliced into rounds
Garlic: 1-2 big cloves
Red Chilli : 1 or more as per taste and heat (I used Birds Eye Chilli )

Mint Leaves: handful
Lemon Juice: 1-2 tbsp as per tartness
Water: just needed to make a smooth puree

Salt : as per taste
Sugar: (optional)

Preparation:
Heat a tawa /grill/pan sprayed with oil on high. Spread all the ingredients from pineapple to red chilli onto the grill and brown them for a few minutes on either sides. They should not be burned but the nice smoky/barbeque  aroma should come and they should look a bit charred. Remove from heat and cool for a few minutes.

Add them to a blender along with mint leaves,lemon juice and little water.


Blend to a fine puree adding little salt and optionally sugar.

Serve with tortilla chips or grilled meat etc.


An exciting taste it was. There was no sugar in the original recipe but my pineapple was very tart. So either you increase the sweet red pepper or add just  a bit of sugar or other sweeteners as per your choice. 

The tartness of the pineapple gives way to the sweetness of peppers and refreshing mint but then comes the fiery chilli heat. A perfect dip for chips I felt. An 'umami taste!'? Not sure about that. But it definitely increases the appetite. So serve as a starter dip and surely it will be well appreciated.

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