Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Pineapple Salad

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.

Pineapple Salad

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.


Lisa said...

Wow, this is a great entry. So fresh and healthy and I adore chat masala. I can't wait for warmer weather so I can start enjoying salads again.

arundati said...

looks fab...i love the presentation in the hollow pineapple....

Superchef said...

loved the picture!! this is a fabulous salad!!

Asha said...

Beautiful presentation of salad, love the Pineapple bowl! :)

Poornima Nair said...

Thats an awesome salad...beautifully presented. Love dressed Pineapple.

Bharti said...

That looks yummy. Replace the chaat with cumin and chillies with jalapeno and it could be a pineapple salsa, no?

Divya Vikram said...

Must have been tangy and delicious..

Ranjani said...

What a swell presentation! LOVE it:))
would make a purrrrrrrfect dip!

A_and_N said...

Wow, I didn't even know all this! Or the existance of a pineapple salad for that matter. Beautifully presented too!

Indhu said...

this is sooo yummy :)
never even imagined something could be prepared this way :)

Sanghi said...

Hi Arundathi.. First time here and you have a great space! Wonderful recipies and lovely clicks, do visit mine :)

Arundathi said...

Lisa - Thanks so much. Looking fwd to the round-up.

Arundati - Thanks dear

Superchef - Thank you!!

Asha - Thanks, just trying to get creative!

Poornima Nair - Thank you. Yes, pineapple tastes great with seasoning.

Bharti - That's true - what a great idea!

Divya Vikram - Yes it was

Ranjani - Thanks so much! Yup it tastes great as a dip!

A & N - Well, I'm not sure about that - y'mean you didn't know people made salads with pineapples? I guess it's not so common in India - but we do it a lot in my house. Thanks.

Indhu - Thanks

Sanghi - Thank you. And thanks for stopping by.

Madhumathi said...

Thats a fabulous salad recipe..Lovely presentation :)

DEESHA said...

I love the taste of pineapple . this salad looks soo fresh & yumm

Aparna said...

So simple yet full of flavour. Love the presentation.

Arundathi said...

Madhumathi - Thanks :)

Deesha - Yes it's really refreshing.

Aparna - Yes its really amazing how easy it is to whip up, but its fresh and delicious. Thanks :)

TBC said...

Lovely presentation.:)
I do this with mangoes too sometimes.

Arundathi said...

TBC - What a lovely idea. Mango salad. Thanks for the comment.

meeso said...

Wow, great salad... I can imagine how good this would taste!

Arundathi said...

meeso - it did taste very good! :)

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