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How to make Mangalorean Pineapple Menaskai

By Vishaka Rautela
January 17, 2015 12:18 IST
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If you're looking for something that's sour, sweet and spicy, you must try the Mangalorean Pineapple Menaskai.

Here's the recipe:

Pineapple Menaskai


  • 1 cubed pineapple (without the core)
  • 1 lemon size tamarind ball soaked in water
  • 1/4 cup jaggery
  • 7 to 8 dried bedki chillies
  • 2 tsp urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 3 tsp black sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated coconut

For tempering

  • Oil
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp urad dal
  • 2 to 3 dry red chillies


  • Cut pineapple into cubes and half cook along with tamarind water and jaggery.
  • Roast red chillies, urad dal, mustard and dry grind them in the mixer
  • Roast black sesame seeds lightly. Add to the chilli mix and grind well.
  • Add some water and grind this masala with coconut to a fine paste.
  • Add the ground masala to the pineapple. Adjust consistency by adding water.
  • Boil on low flame for about 5 to 10 minutes till the the raw coconut smell is gone and is pineapple is soft.
  • Add salt as required.
  • Temper with curry leaves, urad dal and red chillies.
  • Serve hot with rice.

Photo: Vishaka Rautela


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