Monday, February 3, 2014

Nyonya Pineapple Patchree (Florence Tan)

Pineapple Patchree? I have never heard of this Nyonya dish before. All I know any savoury Nyonya dish that contains pineapple is acar/achar (spicy mixed vegetable pickle) which is one of my favourite. Pineapple... yummmmmm...

I'm a pineapple lover. I eat LOTS of pineapple whenever I go back in Singapore for my holidays. You might ask... Why didn't you eat pineapple in Australia? Yes, I do but they are only available when they are on season. Unlike living in Singapore, I can't eat pineapple everyday...

This pineapple recipe originates from the book, Florence's Tan Best Nyonya Recipes by Florence Tan. Being a pineapple lover, I love to try new pineapple recipes and this is one that I bookmarked for the current pineapple season.

Pineapple chunks in thick and spicy gravy... yummmmmm...

Nyonya Pineapple Patchree Florence Tan
Nyonya Pineapple Patchree: A new pineapple recipe that I explored
To cook this dish, we need a nice PINEAPPLE!
You can either pound pound pound or whiz whiz whiz this paste.
The spices that I used
Cook chillies paste with spices until fragrant.
Add pineapple chunks and cook for 5 mins.
Add this...
... plus salt and sugar and it is ready!
Pineapple... yummmmmm...

Here's the recipe from the book, Florence's Tan Best Nyonya Recipes by Florence Tan
(with my modification and notes in blue)

Serves 4-6

1 pineapple, about 650g, husk and core removed
(Pineapple should weigh about 650g after the husk and core have been removed)
125ml cooking oil (I used 2 tbsp canola oil)
2 star anise
3 sprigs curry leaves
250ml water (reduced to 125ml as I like thicker gravy)
200ml thick coconut milk (I used Ayam brand regular coconut milk)

Finely Ground Ingredients
15 dried red chillies, deseeded, soaked in boiling water in a covered bowl for 20 mins until soft
3 red 
3 cm fresh turmeric knob, peeled (replaced with 1/2 tsp ground turmeric)
4 tbsp coriander (cilantro) powder 
15 shallot, about 150g, peeled (replaced with 1 large red onion)

2 tbsp sugar
1 3/4 tsp salt

1 red chilli, deseeded and cut into triangles

(I didn't add this)

Cut pineapple into quarters, then cut into 1.5 cm (3/4 in) thick triangles.

Heat oil in a wok. Fry star anise, curry leaves and finely ground ingredients until fragrant.

Add pineapple slices and cook for about 5 mins over low heat. Add seasoning and water. Bring to a boil.

Lower heat and simmer until pineapple slices are tender. Add coconut milk and stir constantly until it boils for 2 mins. Remove from heat.

Garnish with red chilli (I didn't do this) and serve.

Happy Cooking

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  1. Delicious pineapple curry, a mix of sweetness, tanginess and spicy at the same time!

  2. Hi Amy , love pineapple and this dish is a must try thanks for sharing :).

  3. super going to try this soon

  4. Gong Xi Fa Cai Zoe! this dish make me salivate!

  5. It looks yummy and sounds very flavorful! I would love it, but I guess I would be the only one having it :)

  6. Hi!. I have tasted the sri lankan pine apple curry but never the nyonya version. dont worry can understand the hectic life style especially during school days :) hope you make time for your self to catch a few breaths , a little me time is also necessary time :) .

  7. Hi Zoe , love all the ingredients , and must make it soon , not to worry Zoe , we know you are here , sweetie , sometime you have to take a break and catch your breath . Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Congratulations Zoe
    Little Thumbs up event is really wonderful , hope to join in some day

  9. Happy anniversary! Wouldn't more than 24 hours in a day be lovely? But I feel that we'd just become busier. More goodies would be made to eat though! :)

  10. Well done! Kudos indeed and LTU is a fantastic event!

  11. Zoe, Gong Xi Fa Cai and Happy 1st Thumbs Up anniversary!! Many things to cheer about in this early part of the year :) Your pineapple curry is definitely tempting me to make some for Mr G!! I love how delicious it looks. Awesome!!!

  12. Gong Xi Fa Cai Zoe! Oooo this looks really delicious! Hope your boy is enjoying school :)

  13. Thumbs Up for a Happy Anniversary, Zoe! I really don't know how some of you keep up with all these delicious events. Not to worry we understand and Nee is right, you really need to breathe sometimes, lol...

    I am so intrigued by this Pineapple dish. I learn so much from visiting all of these events. I did bake a pineapple once which was pretty exciting to watch and even more delicious to eat but, I have never tried anything like this, ever! I sure would love to one day. I'm going to save this recipe. The spices and the pineapple I almost think I can smell it from here.

    Thank you so much for sharing, Zoe. Wishing Little Thumbs Up continued success!!!

  14. Gong Xi Fa Cai Zoe..
    I love pineapples and I will cook this dish soon..Look so yummy..

  15. Gong Xi Fa Cai, Zoe! Your amazing pineapple dish is so incredibly delicious with all the great spices; so creamy sweet, and zesty!

    I have also checked out your gorgeous pink macarons with the yummy cream cheese and strawberry filling, I agree with your little son...that would have to be my favorite. Such a professional looking macarons...I'm sooo impressed! Hugs,

  16. Zoe,Gong Xi Fa Cai and Happy1st Anniversary to LTU!
    Oh, this is a very delicious and mouthwatering nyonya dish, I will give it a try, Thanksssss for sharing Zoe :)

  17. Happy Anniversary for LTU, Zoe, I love taking part in this event whenever I could and thoroughly enjoyed it! I love pineapple curry too and would love to try this too!

  18. Hi Zoe, Gong Xi Fa Chai to you and Happy 1st Anniversary to Thumbs Up!! Wow, your pineapple curry is so tempting and I am sure will have extra rice to go with it!!!!

  19. Hi Zoe , Gong Xi Fa Chai & Happy 1st Thumb Up anniversary ! I'm drooling just by looking at your yummy curry ! Mouthwatering indeed ! I'm sure your son enjoy going to school & having lots of new friends . Have a wonderful week ahead ;)

  20. Agree there isn't enough time in a day sigh. This pineapple patchree looks great! Love how thick and rich it is.

  21. Hi Zoe,
    Wow! The curry looks really good.

    Thanks for organising Little Thumb Up. I'm glad I have participated and will continue with the fun of baking and cooking together.

    加油, Zoe!

  22. Oh my, another favourite dish of mine !'re killing me here!

  23. I thought that the Nyonya pachiri has blacan.