Avnas Sasam / Pineapple sasam / Pineapple cooked in sweet and sour coconut gravy


Pineapple is my favourite fruit during summers. They are just perfect to quench your thirst and keep you hydrated. “Avnas”in konkani means “Pineapple” and “Sasam” means “mustard” So we clearly know the two main ingredients here. Isn’t it?

The famous dish any Konkani household will know is the “Avnas-ambe Sasam” This is the combination of pineapples and mangoes and sometimes black grapes in sweet and sour coconut masala. The coconut masala has few mustard seeds in it which is quite predominant and makes the dish unique. You can store this in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. I have just tried the pineapple part of it. I shall come with the combination part in my next posts. I have just added pineapple pieces in the coconut gravy.

This goes well with chapathis or even plain white rice.


For sasam:

Pineapple – 1 medium (chopped into small cubes)

Grated coconut – 1/4 cup

Dry red chillies (roasted) – 2 or 3

Tamarind – small piece

Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp

Jaggery – 2 tsp (grated)

Salt to taste

For Seasoning:

Oil – 2 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Curry leaves – 1 spring


Dividing it in parts we have,

     Part 1 : Grinding masala

     Part 2 : Cooking pineapples

     Part 3 : Mixing both of them and cook

     Part 4 : Seasoning the sasam

Part 1 : Grinding the masala

  • In a mixer jar, add grated coconut, roasted red chillies, tamarind and mustard seeds
  • Grind to a smooth paste
  • Keep aside

Part 2 : Cooking pineapples

  • In a saucepan, add 1/4 cup water and allow it to heat
  • Add chopped pineapples and cook on medium flame.
  • This wont take more than 5 minutes

Part 3 : Mixing both of them

  • In the same saucepan, add ground masala and continue cooking
  • Add little water if required.
  • Adjust salt
  • Add jaggery and mix well

Part 4: Seasoning

  • In a tadka pan, add oil and allow it to heat
  • Add mustard seeds and allow it to crackle
  • Add curry leaves and once it curls up add the seasoning onto the prepared Sasam
  • Mix well and serve with hot steamed rice or chapathis


  • Adjust the level of spice accordingly.
  • You also can add a green chilli while grinding to enhance the spice level
  • If your using mangoes, no need to cook them with the pineapples. Just mix with the prepared sasam and then season.




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