16 Feb 2015

Pineapple Chow Made Easy

My first introduction to pineapple chow was at a barbecue hosted by a couple of lovely friends from Trinidad a few years ago. I was so taken by this exotic version of eating pineapple, so full of flavour and yet so simple to make, that I decided it was going to be my go-to pineapple recipe forevermore.



I have made and eaten pineapple chow an umpteen number of times since. But procrastination being my middle name, it has taken me until now to actually blog about it. So without further ado, here is my version of the Caribbean pineapple chow.

Ingredients for my Pineapple Chow:

1 pineapple fleshed and cubed into bite-size pieces
3-4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 
1 green chilly, finely chopped (deseeded if you want to tone down the heat)
1 tsp red chilli flakes
A handful of chopped fresh coriander 
2 tbspn freshly squeezed lime juice
Salt to taste

To make pineapple chow, mix together all the above ingredients in a large bowl. That is basically it. There is no cooking involved at all. The time it takes to make pineapple chow is the time it takes to prep a whole pineapple. Everything else is a matter of minutes.

Once you have mixed all the ingredients, you can serve the pineapple chow right away or refrigerate it for use later on. Serve at room temperature to feel the full blast from the garlic and chillies. But it tastes incredible cold as well, especially if you want to take the edge off the heat.

A fair word of warning. The amount of seasoning I have suggested is designed to deliver a punch of garlic and heat. If you would rather not have the spice, just halve all my suggested seasoning quantities. It will then be more pineapple and less chow, but you will get a rough idea of the flavours involved.

If you fancy eating pineapple chow but are hard-pressed for time, just buy some prepared, ready-to-eat pineapple from the supermarket. You can then have the chow ready in a couple of minutes.

I find this a perfect accompaniment to barbecues in the summer, or when I just want to warm my insides with a fiery kick without going to too much trouble in the winter.

One thing is certain. With no oil, no fats and a lot of pizzazz, the pineapple chow is sure to kick-start a sluggish day, making it a great recipe for when you are trying to eat healthy but getting tired of the same old boring options.

Pineapple Chow




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26 comments:

  1. Spicy pineapple?!? I love it, what a great idea...and really different. Yum!

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  2. wow i would have never thought of adding in these ingredients with pineapple! and the fact it takes only a few minutes is fab!

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  3. Oh I love this. We love pineapples so I will have to give this a go

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  4. I really like the sound of this. I am a big pineapple fan in both sweet and savoury dishes so would love to give this a try!

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  5. I have never seen this, it looks like it would be really exotic but easy

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  6. Ohh this sounds good - I've not tried anything like it but I love pineapple so would happily tuck in. x

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  7. I love this idea and have bookmarked to try another day x

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  8. That's an interesting twist on pineapple and it's one of my favourite fruits.

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  9. oh my goodness.....this look so so good. Different to what I normally eat but I have to try this! Thanks for the recipe xx

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  10. I've never heard of this and I was surprised to see garlic as one of the ingredients. I think I'll have to try out just out of curiosity!

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  11. Ooh, I've never heard of that before but it sounds very nice!

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  12. Spicy pineapple? Sounds so bizarre but can imagine it working

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  13. I adore pineapple so would love this (although it's tinned pineapple all the way in this lazy household)!!

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  14. That looks so good I bet the chilli goes so well with the pineapple :)

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  15. We love pineapple - and it's my 7 month old's favourite food at the moment too! I think I need to make this!

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  16. Wow - this looks AWESOME! I've added it to my party food board on Pinterest cos I know it will be perfect for summer barbecues! x

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  17. Oh well this looks interesting, I love all the ingredients but never had them together x

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  18. looks amazing even though I am not a fan of pineapple I know my husband would love this

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  19. I have never heard of this, but it sounds utterly delicious!

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  20. This sounds delicious. I love pineapple

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  21. This sounds delicious. I love pineapple

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  22. Wow, love your serving idea. It looks amazing and so refreshing.

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  23. Looks so impressive and sounds like it would taste amazing!

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  24. OOh amazing idea. I'm sadly allergic to pineapple but husband would love this! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

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  25. I've had something very similar to this in Mauritius and I couldn't get enough. Very nice!

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