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Friday, 26 April 2013

Pajeri Nenas Stail Kelantan (Kelantan Style Pineapple Pajeri)


As far as I know, Pajeri Nenas or Paceri Nenas is more of a curry like dish with spice paste. I have only eaten it once or twice. According to Azie, this Kelantan version is simple, very much like acar. I like this Kelantan version very much because it has none of the heavy oily spice paste. Instead, it is very simple and refreshing, and cuts through the oiliness of Nasi Minyak and other accompanying dishes. If you are wondering how come my pineapples are extra golden yellow, well, it is because I had a small accident while cooking. 



When it was time to add the 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder, I tried to be clever. Or rather I was too lazy to get a teaspoon. I decided to tip the turmeric powder into the wok direct from my glass bottle. And you guessed it, whoomph! About 1 tablespoon (or maybe more) fell onto my pineapples. You should see me in action trying to remove the excess turmeric powder. I should have known better than to pull a stunt like that. 



I managed to remove most of it but the damage was already done. Although the Pajeri Nenas turned out well, the turmeric smell was a bit overpowering.

When determining how much vinegar and sugar to use, taste your pineapples first. If it is on the sweet side, use more vinegar and less sugar and vice versa. In my case, the pineapple was sour so I reduced the vinegar and increased the sugar.










Pajeri Nenas Stail Kelantan 
Recipe source : Adapted from Azie Kitchen

Ingredients : 
- 1 pineapple (I used the ready peeled Crystal Pineapple, 230g)
- 1 big onion, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 100ml distilled vinegar (adjust according to taste)
- 1 tablespoon sugar or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1 red chilli, sliced (optional)
- Some water (I did not use any)

Method :
1. Cut pineapple into small pieces.
2. Heat some oil in wok and add mustard seeds until they pop.
3. Add sliced onions and garlic. Saute until onions are wilted.
3. Add a little bit of water, vinegar, sugar, salt and turmeric powder.
4. Bring to a boil and add pineapple and red chillies.
5. Bring to a simmer and adjust seasoning.
6. Dish out and serve.



I am submitting this post to Malaysian Food Fest Kelantan Month hosted by Gertrude of My Kitchen Snippets.

41 comments:

  1. hahaha yes yes! I should see how you bersilat when removing the excess turmeric powder! sure satu kaki terangkat! hahaha...joke joke ya!

    acttually when comes to agak2 during cooking, it will make you the best cook in future! I tak suka too rigid in measurement becoz cooking needs love as main ingredients, love itself makes the food delish like no other, trust me!

    but dont put 1kg of salt with love.. boleh mati darah tinggi oiii..

    neway, your paceri nenas looks fantastic, can feel the taste from here, your pic already helps my mouth make more saliva...tis! tis! tis!
    aiyaaa....tissue please....

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    1. Ahahahaha! Betul Q, silat, kung fu dan kalari payattu semua keluar, memang kaki terangkat punya! Tergopoh-gapah nak buang serbuk kunyit yang terlebih tu. Ni tak cukup kung fu punya pasal lah, nak eksyen lebih-lebih :)

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  2. This easy pineapple recipe looks refreshing and delicious! Will make it as a side dish sometime.

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    1. Mich, it goes very well with any kind of curry. I love it a lot!

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  3. Wow PH,
    Your pajeri really make me feel like cooking the pajeri also. I love this pajeri very much.

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    1. Thank you, Azie! I really love this pajeri and I am so happy that I tried it.

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  4. I love pajeri nenas, or anything with nenas! Your pajeri is really appetizing, my daughter would love this, as she is a big fan of nenas!
    Haha, so funny with your tumeric accident! Which reminds me when I was in my teens, I thought the container of tumeric powder was curry powder, I used that to cook curry chicken, you can imagine the taste! :)

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    1. Hah! Hah! Joyce, the chicken curry must have been written off :D This pineapple pajeri is really good. Go ahead and make this, you and your girl will enjoy it.

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  5. Hi Phong Hong, I love Pajeri Nenas. This one I like more cos' it's without the coconut and kerisik.... Must prepare it over the weekend.

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    1. Kimmy, I will make this pajeri again because it is so good. Very appetizing!

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  6. Love the tangy of pineapple. Is a great side dish!

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    1. Vivian, I think you will like it :)

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  7. Sounds very interesting, would like to try this one day. I suppose I ca add some additional veg like cucumber and sakot?

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    1. Esther, no harm adding your favourite vegetables :)

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  8. This is one of my fav and I know how awesome the taste can be especially when eaten with rice. The flavor and spicy punch added is so alive and obvious, that supported by the pictures.

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    1. Hi Navaneetham! Glad you love pajeri nenas too :) Thank you for coming by!

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  9. gajan nya It's yummy this is the kind of salad or whatever you call that I love to eat and very appetizing( hope spelling is correct)too It goes very well with nasi minyok Emily would love this.eat with kay kutuk yum-yum can eat 2 bowls of rice and then jadi gemok Ha Ha!

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    1. Nok makang kena gajin, kalau dok pegut lapor!

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  10. this dish looks appetising, and is new to me!

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  12. This pineapple pajeri makes me hungry and drooling, dear :)

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    1. Esther, I hope you will try it soon :)

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  13. nice..sounds like the pineapple acar! i can relate your little accident..it happened to me too before..chilli powder!

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    1. Lena, hah! hah! I won't simply pour again next time :)

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  14. Hi Phong Hong, your this pineapple pajeri look so refreshing and inviting. Very nice appetizer.

    Have a nice weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Amelia! I know you will like this simple pineapple side dish :)

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  15. I can relate to being lazy to get the spoon. I never learn my lesson so now I know I have a friend. Lol! Looks good though.

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    1. Thank you, Quay Po! Hope the leg gets better soon :)

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  16. Tak kenal maka tak cinta... Will have to try first.

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    1. This is guaranteed good! Next time I want to try grilling the chicken instead of frying.

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  17. Hehehe I do the same thing with turmeric all the time!

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  18. Phong Hong,
    Oh!!! This is super appetizing la!
    Love pineapple this must be yum yum!
    mui

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    1. mui mui, it is so appetizing. Made me tambah nasi :)

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  19. Just love, love, your sweet and spicy mixed pineapple salad. I love to mix sweet with the spicy for added flavor and kick...no way would I leave the chilli peppers out!

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    1. Thank you, Elisabeth! This dish is more of a pickle and I was won over by the combination of sweet, sour, salty and spicy. It is great with curries and savoury dishes.

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  20. Looks good ...too bad I don't take pineapple

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    1. Oh, then you skip this one and have cucumber acar instead :)

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    1. Sonia, this is highly recommended if you cook Malay style curry. Sedap lor!

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