One of the great things in Ghana is the Sunshine. Not only in the skies, but on everyone’s faces.  If you haven’t already heard this … Ghanaian’s are amongst the friendliest in all African countries. But Ghana is also very typically hot, and if you’re wondering which is the best time to be there … well there really is no ‘best’ time to be in Ghana, as the temperature is always Africa-hot and if rainfall doesn’t soak you, then the humid air will. So trying not to pay too much attention to the sticky hot weather and looking at the smiles on everyone’s faces, you’ve got to enjoy this tropical weather with the abundance of its lovely fruits. Blessed with some of the most fertile lands, this country amongst so many other things, is also famous for its pineapples. With 85% of its exports to the European markets, Ghana exports a whopping 42,000 tons of pineapples a year globally, pulling in $20 million annually !! Wow … all that just selling pineapples internationally … and ofcourse + catering to the entire countries consumption too. It would be silly of me not to feature a pineapple while being still in the land. One post is not enough to do justice … but atleast its a start. They are available in different qualities, but I know them this way … there are the yellow ones and there are the white ones … I love the white ones. I would never touch pineapples in my country or anywhere else, as they would always make my tongue n cheek go funny and itchy, but these little babies … they’re something else ! So smooth, juicy and above all sweet ! These sun-kissed pineapples are the finest the world has seen. And they make a really terrific fried rice.

Tropical Pineapple Fried Rice

  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium sized carrot, diced
  • 1 medium sized red pepper diced
  • 1 medium sized green pepper diced
  • 1 cup of peas
  • 1 egg, scrambled 1 handful of chopped spring onions
  • 1 cup cooked jasmine rice
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup pineapple diced
  • 1 tablespoon tamari ( or a dash of dark soya sauce)
  • 1 tbsp. yellow curry powder

Start with cutting all the veg and setting them aside. Cook the rice till 95 % done, drain and spread out on a tray so they dry out.
Cook scrambled eggs, set aside. Now in a really hot wok cook onion, carrot, pea, garlic,the peppers & pineapple chunks, set aside.
Fry the rice for 1 minute and add the veggies back in. Now add pineapple juice, tamari, and curry powder. Garnish with the greens of spring onion, and for a beautiful presentation, scoop out the inside of a pineapple and stuff the rice inside. Serve immediately.

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Ana B.

What a beautiful photos….love, love, love them…:)

Kajal

Thank You Ana :-)

Oh my – Kajal! You sure know how to get me to comment! =) Those photos are not just utterly enticing because of their gorgeous colours – which make me so happy – but they, yet again, remind me so much of my childhood and the gorgeous colours, sunshine and light I grew up with. I especially love the flowering grass with the sun shining through *Dreamy*

Kajal

Mowie … haha honey what can I say, I’ve finally discovered the key to make you visit me more often :-p

Your pictures are fabulous! I really love the cute little kitty…

What a gorgeous dish!

Cheers,

Rosa

Kajal

Rosa ..of course … I know you love cats :-) Thanks

*gasp* Oh my my!! Kajal you have captured such a beauties! I can’t take off my eyes from your pics. Wonderful post! :)

Kajal

You are too kind Sonia … Thank you :-)

Love the photos

oh kajal – the fired rice does look outrageous but it’S the lovely and utterly beautiful pictures that take my breath away. they bring the sun into my day!

Absolutely stunning!!!!!!!!!!!! I love pineapple fried rice and it’s been ages since I’ve had it…your post brings back memories. Love the pineapples and I love the mood you have captured with these gorgeous pics Kate!

Your photography is absolutely amazing. The images are just beautiful…all that sunlight. The pineapple presentation is a really great idea.

Gorgeous Gorgeous pics! Love the colorful palette

Ah, I thought this was an exclusively Thai thing! Well, it’s certainly delicious enough to deserve to be spread around all over the world. But then again, I am a huge fan of pineapple! :)

Elsie

Can you confirm that the amount of rice in this recipe is only 1 cup of cooked rice? That doesn’t seem like very much. Or is it 1 cup rice, cooked?

Thank you. This looks like a yummy recipe that I would like to make.

Kajal

Maninas :-)

Meeta , thanks … is it still cold out there ?

Kajal

Peter … thank you :-) I’ve just boiled some chickpeas to try out your flatbread :-)

Kajal

Natalie and Radhika … thank you so much !

Kajal

Mark … I guess it still is … its definitely not a Ghanaian recipe. Just the pineapple is … lol !

Kajal

Elsie. the measurement is 1 cup rice. I did not use all the rice in the presentation. I still had some left over in the bowl. :-P

I love the pictures of the pineapples. Right now I am growing pineapples in my backyard I hope one day I will be able to capture it sprouting like that.

Kajal,
Thank you for bringing the tropics to my desk. I really appreciate the beautiful pictures you showcased.
The vegetarian pineapple fried rice is tantalizing even for a carnivore like me :-)

Cheers and enjoy the weather.

What stunning pics Kate! I had once made thai style pineapple fried rice and loved it! Your version sounds delicious especially with pineapple juice and curry powder, must a try!

That is a gorgeous looking dish. Great pictures and food that looks to be extremely tasty. :-)

Beautiful photos!! You always manage to capture the atmosphere so amazingly well! Love it! And not to mention that pineapple rice that looks delicious. And that little kitty is just too cute!

What a cute little kitty!
I’ve never tried pineapple rice, such a wonderful recipe!
Love your photographs
Magda

Even if there was no recipe….you’d still have had me smitten! Too bad I’m allergic to pineapples…………superb photos!

aruna

I just loved the presentation…..its terrific!!

I love pineapples! This looks delicious :) If I ever come to Ghana, it will only be for those wonderful looking pineapples!

you could make me forget to run my errands and to cook the dinner… as I’m totally captivated by all your stunning photos. And aaah, i love this pineapple rice!

JOEY

Very fabulous and stunning pics.. I always love to eat pineapple rice. Now i know how to do it. Thanks for uploading great ideas.

These are stunning photos! I read this recipe and it sounds so delicious I can’t wait to try it!

The pictures are exquisite! I esp. like the top view of the pineapple, the bokeh, the berries and the flowers that are just drooping down under their own weight! Pineapple rice looks delicious as well:).

What a beautiful presentation. I would have never thought about serving rice in a pineapple. Brilliant!

Nisrine

That’s how I imagine heaven on Earth!

great post as usual!

Loved the Tropical Pineapple rice article. Did retweet it. Btw: your food blog truely rocks!

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

Hello! This is a kind of dish that I could eat nearly every day, and a kind of dish that I could not prepare for my husband, as does not like pineapple – he does not know what he’s loosing. Have a good day!

amyh

Wow! The pictures are beautiful, and the recipe sounds divine. I’m glad I found your site, I’ll definitely be back. Can’t wait to try the recipe!

Holy Batman, these pictures are stunning! And the recipe looks perfect for a weeknight meal. I’m so glad to have stumbled across your blog :)

What a wonderful way to serve rice. I can”t tell how many times I have wanted to buy a fresh pineapple but didn’t have a recipe for it. I am serving your recipe for a weekend patio lunch soon. Thanks for the beautiful creation.

What a wonderful way to serve rice. I can\"t tell how many times I have wanted to buy a fresh pineapple but didn\’t have a recipe for it. I am serving your recipe for a weekend patio lunch soon. Thanks for the beautiful creation.

These photos are so beautiful. You have the best subjects, from pretty flowers to cute kittens.

Keep it up!

Beautiful photos! Can’t wait to make this.

Stunning Pictures! Makes me wanna take a flight to Ghana right away. But I hate humidity so I might just stay happy with your blog and pictures for the time being ;) You have a lovely blog with interesting recipes but your pictures are out of the world beautfiful!

stunning pictures amazing it looks so good your pineapple rice its making very hungary and i am looking forward to try your pineapple rice sometime this weekend thank you for spicing up my menu this week!!

Ooooooh….how beautiful!!! Your pictures are fantastic and the rice looks so wonderful inside the scooped-out pineapple! I’m definitely going to make this soon and I can’t wait to try it! :)

woww..these photos are so beautiful…

You could use any medium grain rice from a grocery store I recommend a calrose breed. Cook the rice a day ahead, fried rice tastes best with day old rice. Use a rice cooker it’s easier. Borrow one from a friend or get one if you need. The next day, you could fry it in a bit of oil (bit of bacon grease would add a touch of flavor and bacn bits in the rice is good) add a touch of orange or paineapple juice (If you have diced or crushed pinapple from a can, you can add some of that) and soy sauce. You could add frozen carrots and peas for color and texture. If you have oyster sause, it will taste better than soy sauce. Add pork, beef, chicken, shrimp, etc. In some resturants I’ve been to, they actually serve it IN a hollowed out pineapple. Garnish with any one or combo of the following, pan roasted peanuts, cilantro, sesame seeds, maybe a touch of shredded coconut


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