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Jun 3, 2009

Fusion Curry (Chickpeas and Kidney Beans in Pineapple Gravy)

I recently bought a big pack of canned Pineapple chunks as I wanted to try some recipes with pineapple. For the first recipe, I tried using pineapples in a curry form that would go well with chapathis. First I just added chickpeas to it, but later wanted to add kidney beans too, just wondering how they will taste with pineapple. But to my amazement, they all co-operated very well and turned into a delicious, aromatic and colorful curry within minutes.

This is so easy and fast recipe. Here it goes:


  • 1 can of Pineapple chunks (20 oz) equal to 2.5 cups, drained
  • 1 can of Chickpeas (14 oz) equal to 1.75 cups, drained
  • 1 can of Kidney Beans (14 oz) equal to 1.75 cups, drained
  • 1 medium sized Potato, peeled and chopped into cubes
  • A handful of Cilantro Leaves
  • Some Curry Leaves
  • 4 or 5 Green Chilies
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • ¼ tsp Cumin Seeds
  • Salt to taste


Grind together pineapple chunks (don’t add juice) + green chilies + cilantro into a fine paste. No need to add water as pineapples already has some juice in them. Keep aside.

In a pan add chickpeas + kidney beans + potato pieces + curry leaves + cumin seeds and oil. Mix well, add ¼ cup water and turmeric, cover and leave on medium flame until all the water is absorbed and potatoes are cooked well (approx. 5 minutes).

To this, add the pineapple paste and mix well. Leave the pan for 5 more minutes until all the pineapple essence is absorbed and turn off the flame. Don’t let the curry to become too dry. It should be moist and gravy like (look at the picture). Adjust salt.

Transfer the yummy curry into a serving bowl and enjoy with your rotis/chapthis.

Hope you liked another crazy but yummy creation from my kitchen!!


notyet100 said... [Reply]

quiet innovative,..looks yummy

lubnakarim06 said... [Reply]

Hmmm i am thinking it would have tasted....the taste of pine apple and peas with beans....wow....looks yum...

Saritha said... [Reply]

Very innovative,never thought of this combo.sounds great :)

jayasree said... [Reply]

I have tasted only pineapple pachadi..Sounds delicious. shall try it some time.

Finla said... [Reply]

I have added pineaple in chinese dishes and in the curry sauce i make whichilove.
Love this curry i am sure i would love the taste.
Looks yumm.

ST said... [Reply]

Very innovative and creative one looks rich and yummilicious...

Raks said... [Reply]

Oh,Uma,I love this combo,should be tasting so tangy and yummy!!

Shama Nagarajan said... [Reply]

a nice different recipe....should give a try

chef and her kitchen said... [Reply]

Interesting one..Nice color to the curry..

Lena Jayadev said... [Reply]

Uma..snap is just awesome... :)
quiet innovative,..looks yummy

Unknown said... [Reply]

creative as ever..this one looks really delciious..

sra said... [Reply]

How creative!

Gita Jaishankar said... [Reply]

wow...chickpeas with kidney beans and pineapple! things wouldnt get any better dear...love the combo :)

Mahimaa's kitchen said... [Reply]

wow... i am a pineapple lover. seems like this will be very delicious.

Pooja said... [Reply]

Wow what an innovative dish! Looks so delicious :)

Ramya Vijaykumar said... [Reply]

I too posted a chickpeas curry, yours sounds more healthy and more legumes means more proteins!!! and the pineapple addition is a perfect twist love the color!!!

Padma said... [Reply]

very innovative with such a yummy dish :)

Kalai said... [Reply]

Crazy? Maybe... Yummy? Most definitely!! I love pineapple in savory dishes, so this sounds great to me! :)

Usha said... [Reply]

Unique combination, sounds yum!

Unknown said... [Reply]

hat sounds tangy with a medley of flavors!

Dori said... [Reply]

That is a great idea and really looks delicious!

Priya Suresh said... [Reply]

Woow wat a unique dish Uma...Looks fabulous!!!

Laavanya said... [Reply]

I love pineapple and like it in some savory dishes like pizza, fried rice & thai curries.. this sounds very interesting.

aparna said... [Reply]

Wow what an interesting combination. It looks so yummy.

Unknown said... [Reply]

hey uma, how have u been? I love anything tht has pineapple. This looks like a yummy curry. Little khaata little meetha.

Unknown said... [Reply]

Very yummy and innovative dish.

Ammu said... [Reply]

Ymmmy....... Lovely dish.

FH said... [Reply]

Haha!! Yes, I made it without visiting India almost 10yrs more than you!! 18yrs is a long time for me but I was busy raising young kids, so didn't miss India that much but glad I made it there now, enjoyed it and kids were safe here too..well...almost safe! :D

Have a great Summer, see you in Fall.

Parita said... [Reply]

Thats quite innovative curry..i love pineapples and m got to try this..btw delicious clicks

Sunshinemom said... [Reply]

That is quite a pairing! I use chickpeas and rajma together sometimes, but the pineapple gravy really caught me!

Deepthi Shankar said... [Reply]

something I need to try .. looks delicious

Pavithra Kodical said... [Reply]

Ohh every time i visit your blog i will be thinking how a person can be so innovative :) I would have never thought of this combo..Perfect recipe.

Nithya Praveen said... [Reply]

Interesting recipe...nice idea of using pineapple in such a gravy.Great combo!

Indian Khana said... [Reply]

Interesting...looks gud and colourful

Ann said... [Reply]

Wow.. Its fabulous creative dish.. SOunds total Yumm to me.

Pavithra Elangovan said... [Reply]

Wow thats fantabulous.. so creative ur .. dish is looking so yumm i will sure try it out soon and bookmarked it

Pooja said... [Reply]

Very creative Uma...looking yummy..Does it taste sweet?

Varsha Vipins said... [Reply]

Innovative dish Uma..I have seen pineapple only in Navratna Kurma..:)

Yasmeen said... [Reply]

Juicy pineapple in beans sounds yum:)

Lavanya Raj said... [Reply]

Unique Fusion Uma! This is really a aromatic, delicious curry..

anudivya said... [Reply]

Did you make those rotis? They are a perfect round!!!

Hari Chandana P said... [Reply]

looks yummyyy...simply superb photos :)

Uma. said... [Reply]

I love anything that has to do with Pineapple.

Unknown said... [Reply]

ummm very interesting idea uma pineapple as a base very nice yellow color sounds yum yum.Let me try.

Cynthia said... [Reply]

Uma, this is such an amazing idea. Bookmarked!

Doloncookbook said... [Reply]

Hi .
Really complete fusion ... Really looks delicious . Will try ....
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Sanghi said... [Reply]

Very different, healthy bean, combined with pineapple yummmy!!!!

sangeeta said... [Reply]

i love pinapples but never tried them in curries....this is truly crazy.....worth trying.
thanks for dropping by, i got a chance to come to your beautiful space...keep in touch.

Anonymous said... [Reply]

Very creative :) Looks like a huge bowl of goodness and sunshine!

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