Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Ever wonder where names come from? It's always interesting to research the history of names and connect terms that are very similar.
Pineapples are native to the Caribbean and were initially thought to be brought to India in the 1500s by the British colonists. But let's see the history of the name shall we?
In the Caribbean, the Pineapple is known as an Anana. The British are supposed to have started calling it Pina. In French and Portuguese, the pineapple is called Anana. I have a feeling the French or Portuguese colonists who occupied parts of India brought the name over.
Because, in Hindi (the most widely used language in India), it is known as Ananaas. In southern India, in Tamil it is Annachi Pazham (pazham is fruit in Tamil), and Anaasa Pandu in Telugu. And in Malay it is known as Nanas.
Now isn't that interesting? There's also a theory that the British called it Pina because it resembled pine cones.
Now onto the delicious, easy, wow-inspiring recipe.
1 Pineapple, eyes removed, middle part removed and chopped into little bits
1/2 cup Cilantro, chopped fine
1 Onion, chopped fine
2 Green Chillies, slit length-wise
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
a pinch of Salt
1 1/2 tsp Chaat Masala (found in most Indian grocery stores) OR
1 tsp freshly ground Pepper
Mix together the ingredients for the salad. Keep covered in the refrigerator. Mix together the ingredients for the dressing and store separately in the refrigerator. Pour the dressing over the salad about 10 minutes before serving.
Um. That's it. Enjoy. It's absolutely delicious. Sweet, sour and spicy at the same time. Perfect for the hot Indian summers.
This is off to Lisa at Lisa's Kitchen for No Croutons Required. This month the feature is Indian vegetarian soups and salads.