Spicy Sauteed Pineapple



I’m a firm believer that when you’re going to do a Sri Lankan feast, like all good Asian food you need the bastions of sweet, sour, salty and spicy present. As we eat with our hands and mix rice with the curries, it’s important, not that all of these elements exist in a single dish, but that they exist on the table itself.

Pineapple curry often helps fill that little sweet spot, and a little on the sour notes too. Often made with coconut milk, this version is all about caramelised onion and pineapple. Its also simple enough and quick enough that it could make an appearance on a weeknight!


  • 1 tin of pineapple chunks in juice
  • 3-4 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. ghee/oil
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp. chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp. maldive fish
  • curry leaves


In the medium frypan add the pineapple (with the juice), the brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. Cook over a medium heat until all the liquid has evaporated and the pineapple begins to caramelize.

To the frypan add the oil, and the remaining ingredients. Fry over a medium heat until the onions are golden brown and caramelized.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. rasakama says:

    When I first saw the pictures, I thought those were potatoes… Then I saw the word “pineapple” … Oh my, it is one of my favorite fruits in the whole world.

    This would be a delicious dish for a special dinner, I would say. Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe.


    1. chathginige says:

      Totally agree. Pineapple is such an awesome fruit. Especially sweet Sri Lankan pineapple with chilli and salt!

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