The golden grains of rice with chunks of juicy pineapple, sauteed shrimps and cashews make the Thai Pineapple Fried Rice truly heavenly. You can always omit the shrimps for a vegetarian version.
Imagine units of fighting forces stationed in small towns and villages. There is no nightlife, no decent restaurants or bars, no movie theatres and practically nothing other than being creative and find innovative ways to entertain yourselves. Especially for a young dashing unmarried officer, life in a small station can be wearisome and boring. That's how playing practical jokes, dares and pranks became part of our lives. Paddy may be asked to paint the Dalmatian white, Maddy may be spotted wearing only a white shirt, and Kaddy may slip in a drink or two to the Coke asked by his senior officer.
The daily meals in the Mess can be mundane after a while. That is when the 'youngsters' (Junior Officers) decide to 'raid' a house. This happens anytime after midnight. So when you find eight-ten vehicles parked outside your door with full beams on and hear loud bangs on your door, remember that you're being 'raided'. No wonder it is called the witching hour!
So the host and hostess clad in the nightgowns and forced smiles, invite them in- the former layout the drinks and the latter furiously slip into the kitchen to look around for what can be offered. Sounds of laughter can be head from the living room and you know that the night is long and that you've plenty of time to showcase your talent in cooking. Fulsome compliments from the youngsters would follow as they wolf down everything in sight. Nope. It's not over. They may even sit down for a round of 'Teen Patti'(Indian Poker) and a few of them would barge into the kitchen with the hope of helping the hostess with Beaten Coffee. Otherwise, the party leaves along with the host and hostess to someone else's place for coffee. What's the time now? You do the math! But it is so much fun and it is an informal way of bonding. And you sure will have a whale of a time!
Coming to the recipe...
When we took a vacation to Thailand last year, we made it a point to relish the many delicacies that the country had to offer. Thai Pineapple Fried Rice was one of them and recreating the dish is pretty simple for you do not need any 'Thai exclusive' ingredient like Kaffir lime leaves or Galangal. Of course, you get these in India as well. But not easily, I must add. This meal comes together quickly and all you need to do is keep the ingredients ready before you start the cooking process.
The sweetness of the pineapple compliments well with the flavour of the curry and the shrimps. You can always omit the shrimps for a vegetarian version. I have made a pineapple boat for the presentation. Do let me know if you'd like to see a tutorial!
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Want want want the veggie version of this!!
Vidya Narayan says
Loved your presentation of the rice in the pineapple boat. Delicious and flavourful. I could opt for cottage cheese and some veggies for a vegetarian version as I adore pineapples.
Never had this one before either. I love your newer recipers Shalini. More adventurous and exotic.
Love love loveeeeeeeeeeeee the way you have presented this!
Roshan Radhakrishnan says
This is an excellent combination. Seriously, wonderful blend with pineapples and shrimp, eggs and tomatoes.