Kaithachakka pachadi | pineapple madhura curry

kaithachakka pachadi | pineapple curry

Sweet Kerala-style pineapple pachadi is one that you see in classical central Kerala sadhyas. Kaithachakka pachadi is vegan and gluten-free and is one of the best flavours among sweet and sour Kerala curries. Give it a go today and pair it with hot steamed rice.
Recently, we had the good fortune of being invited to one of the best home-cooked Kerala sadhyas. Not the store-bought ones, not the tambhram twists.. the original” nadan kaimanamulla sadhya”. This was at my son’s friend’s place. The dish that filled me with a good feeling was the Pineapple pachadi she had made. From then, the (Pineapple) kaithachakka pachadi flavours lingered on and finally here is my version of the mind-blowing pineapple curry.

Choosing the Pineapple.

Pineapple(kaithachakka in Malayalam) is not an easy fruit to tell by squshing them. They have hard skin that stays firm. Yet, if it is squishy, don’t buy that one! Another idea not to go by is the colour. They anyway range from golden yellow to green when ripe, so you can’t use that as a measure to tell them apart. My trusted ideas are first to see if the pentagon shapes on the skin appear flat and not dome-shaped. The younger pineapples will have that dome-shaped bits which flatten out when they grow and stretch. Another idea is to sniff at the base near the stalk and if it smells of sweet fruit, it is ripe.

Prepping the pineapple for the curry.

I have never been able to get that tiktok hack of getting the pineapple pieces without Slicing them! So, I go back to that trusty knife to do my job. Wash, peel and pat dry the pineapple. I find it easier to cut down the middle and then peel. Since the peel is prickly slice off using a bigger knife to the thickness that will remove the hard yellow skin, but keep the flesh intact. Slice in wedges and remove the core. Now chop them down into bite-sized pieces to use in this pachadi.

Let’s get to make the curry

Once you have prepped the Pineapples,  you need to get the masala ready before beginning to cook. The coconut-based masala is a ground paste of freshly shredded coconut (frozen will do fine), green chillies, curry leaves and a few mustard seeds. These are ground to a smooth paste and set aside. Now begin cooking the pineapple with a bit of salt and turmeric added to the water. As the pineapples turn fork tender, add the ground masala and adjust the flavours. As they bubble and cook together, prepare the tempering with coconut oil. Splutter the whole black mustard seeds, black gram dal, red chillies and curry leaves. These roasted spices and lentil mix is poured over the hot bubbling pachadi to infuse the aroma. The pachadi is now ready to serve

What if my pineapple is too sour?

If the pineapple is too sour upon cooking add a tablespoon of crushed jaggery to the cooking mix. This keeps the pineapple pachadi sweet enough. For larger quantities adjust the jaggery you add. If there is no jaggery, use date paste or sugar according to taste.


Many a time, this pachadi is made with a combination of grapes and pineapple. It tastes amazing with the pop of juice from the globes of grapes. Choose the red-skinned grapes if you are adding some, becomes beautiful.

Pineapple pachadi

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish, Traditional
Cuisine gluten free, Kerala, Kids choice, Malabar, South indian


  • instant pot


  • 1.5 cups pineapple diced
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup drinking water

for the masala

  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder or 1-2 dry red chillies
  • 4-7 curry leaves

for tempering

  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1-2 dry red chillies
  • 4-5 curry leaves

optional addition

  • 3 tbsp yogurt I have not added the yogurt as I and not fond of it in pachadis


  • Peel and dice the pineapple
    pineapple pachadi prep for Onam
  • Add this into the cooking pot, add turmeric salt and water and cook till fork tender.
  • Meanwhile, grind the ingredients for the coconut masala into a smooth paste with minimal water.
    coconut masala for pineapple pachadi
  • When the pineapple is cooked, simmer the heat and add the coconut masala paste
    making pineapple pachadi for vishu
  • Let this cook at low heat and slowly bubble up.
  • In a seperate pan add the coconut oil and bring to heat.
  • When the oil is hot add the mustard seeds to crackle.
  • To this add the urad dal, dry red chilles and curry leaves and roast till the urad dal is slightly golden.
  • Pour this tempering over the pineapple curry that is cooking.
  • Remove from heat and cover and keep for 2-3 minutes.
  • The curry is now ready to serve.
    kaithachakka pachadi | pineapple curry
Keyword curry recipes, Indian vegetarian dinner, Kerala recipes, vegan
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Serving ideas for this madhura curry.

No doubt the pineapple madhura curry is my favourite. The easiest idea is to serve it with rice, cabbage thoran and papadam. I don’t think it needs anything else.  In case of a bigger meal, add it to your Southindian thali or banana leaf meal as a side dish. You can have it with flatbreads, pooris or naans too as it is creamy and has a sweet and sour flavour.

Leftovers for storage.

The pineapple madhura curry gets consumed quickly in my house. However, if you have leftovers, they stay in the fridge well for two to three days. Freeze the prepared curry for longer life and thaw as needed. Microwave them to bring them back after defrosting.

More with pineapples

Pineapples are evolving as my favourite fruit. So we do have a few different recipes with them.
The simplest idea is to have a sweet-sour rub and grill them perfect for that juiciness. If it is something to complement the pachadi, try pineapple rasam. Don’t forget the Malaysian fresh pineapple salad for summer.

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pineapple curry made with coconut masala
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