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Stewed Pineapple with Coconut and Indonesian Spices – Gulai Nanas Recipe

Stewed Pineapple with Coconut and Indonesian Spices - Gulai Nanas

Stewed Pineapple with Coconut and Indonesian Spices – Gulai Nanas Recipe

Ingredients :

  • 1 large ripe pineapple (2 lbs/ 1 kg)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 31/2 cups (875 ml) thin coconut milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, thick bottom third only, outer layers discarded, inner part bruised
  • 1 in (21/2 cm) fresh galangal, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) thick coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon Crispy Fried Shallots

Spice Paste

  • 2 candlenuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds or 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 in (1 cm) fresh turmeric, peeled and sliced, or 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 3–4 dried red chilies, cut into lengths and soaked to soften
  • 6 shallots, peeled
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon shaved palm sugar or dark brown sugar

Method :

  1. Prepare the Crispy Fried Shallots.
  2. Peel and core the pineapple and slice it into bite-sized chunks. Set aside.
  3. Make the Spice Paste by grinding all the ingredients to a smooth paste in a mortar or blender, adding a little oil if necessary to keep the mixture turning.
  4. Heat the oil in a wok over medium heat and stir-fry the Spice Paste until fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the thin coconut milk, stir gently and bring to a boil, Add the pineapple and all the other ingredients, except the thick coconut milk and Crispy Fried Shallots, and bring to a boil again. Reduce the heat to low and simmer covered until the pineapple is tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the thick coconut milk, stir well and allow it to heat through. Adjust the seasoning with more sugar or salt as desired and turn off the heat.
  5. Transfer to a serving bowl, and garnish with Crispy Fried Shallots.

Serves 4 to 6
Preparation time : 40 mins
Cooking time : 30 mins

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Source :
The Food of Indonesia
Delicious Recipes from Bali, Java and the Spice Islands
by Heinz von Holzen & Lother Arsana
photos by Heinz von Holzen

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