Thai Pineapple Fried Rice/Khao op sapparot

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We had a quiet Memorial Day weekend, which included regular shopping and house cleaning. Also I made this Thai pineapple fried rice (Khao op sapparot in  Thai). This version of Thai fried rice is from the southern part Thailand, where its cuisine had influence from India and Malaysia.  This pineapple fried rice was in to my do to list for a long time. I also find similarities in the style of cooking as it uses curry powder like Indian cooking.  This recipe requires day old cooked Thai Jasmine rice. So I cooked jasmine rice yesterday, since I did not know the time and amount of water required to cook the jasmine rice, I used my Dutch oven and cooked on stove top. After 20 minutes of meticulous cooking I didn’t get the jasmine rice for this recipe, instead got a risotto. I end up throwing it into the garbage, as we not a fan of polished rice. We love our rosematta /red rice with any curry. The second time I cooked Jasmine rice in a rice cooker, as my patience had run out after a stove top cooking experiment. It came out perfectly. 

If anybody tells you they have a fool proof way to cook any rice, just because they are rice eaters, don’t trust them. All rice varieties have own cooking time and water requirement.  Basmati takes only 10 minutes of active cooking time, red rice takes about 45 minutes in a pressure cooker. I found that Thai Jasmine rice requires about 20 minutes. However for 2 cup of rice, it requires only 3 cup of water using pressure cooker, for basmati it about 2 ¼ cup water for a 1 cup of rice in the stove top.  Each rice has its own identity, it cooks and behaves differently.

I have seen this rice served in a pineapple carved in the shape of boat. As you know me and carving are two way street. Last time I tried to make pineapple boat, it end up with broken pineapple boat and tried to pin with tooth pick. Still it crashed down without any notice.  So this time, I made sure that I had two pineapples in hand and made the boat with the first one with instructions from here. I was able to make it this time without any accident. And made pineapple juice with scooped pineapple flesh, and with second one I cut 1 inch pieces of pineapple for the fried rice. If you wish you can add currants or raisins with this pineapple rice. I didn’t add it as it would become too sweet for our taste. Then I would need to add more red chili, which my kids won’t like it.

If you have a wok in your hand, take it out and use it, you can use any vegetable oil or canola oil to make this dish. My initial idea was to use coconut oil, but while making I changed it to canola oil as it has no smell, I can entirely get the flavor and aroma of pineapple in this rice. First fried garlic, ginger and shallots and onion, then added one egg. Then added peas and carrot along with spicy stir fry sauce. Traditional sir fry sauce recipe uses fish sauce, since I don’t have it my hand, I used, Soy sauce, Worchester sauce and oyster sauce, and to this added cumin powder, coriander powder, and turmeric and red chili powder and made my stir fry sauce with 3 tablespoon of vegetable stock. If you want to make it completely vegetarian, you can skip the egg, Worchester sauce and oyster sauce. I added cashews and coriander leaves, and it  turned out be delicious. Try it you can enjoy a bowl of Thai pineapple fried rice at home, this will make your lunch or dinner exotic. You can serve with Thai chili sauce, but we enjoyed it with our spicy Indian style pickle. 

Yes it is done

Serve it in a pineapple shell.

Print Recipe from here

 Thai Pineapple Fried Rice/Khao op sapparot
Preparation time:  20 minutes
Active cooking time: 7-8 minutes
Serves: 2
 1 cup chopped pineapple
1 1/2 cup one day old cooked jasmine rice
3-4 tbsp. Vegetable stock
7 shallots, thinly sliced
1/4 cup onion chopped thinly
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 inch ginger finely chopped
2 tablespoon canola oil/ vegetable oil
1 egg
3/4 cup frozen peas and carrots
1/3 cup Cashews
1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste.
3 tablespoon  fresh coriander (cilantro)
Stir fry sauce
1/2 tablespoon  soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon worchester sauce
1/4 teaspoon oyster sauce
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder*
1/4 teaspoon chili powder*
1/4 teaspoon coriander powder*
1/4 teaspoon cumin powder*
* if you don’t have turmeric, chili, cumin and coriander powder use curry powder.
Cut pineapple in half, Scoop out the flesh and cut into 1 inch dice.
Mix 1 Tbsp. oil with the one old rice, using your fingers to separate any chunks into grains. Set aside.
In a cup, stir the Soy sauce, Worchester sauce and oyster sauce, to this added cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric and red chili powder with 3 tablespoon of vegetable stock.
Add a tablespoon of oil in a wok/large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add shallots, garlic, ginger and onion, stir-frying until fragrant (1 minute). Whenever the wok/pan becomes dry, add a little sauce (1/2 Tbsp. at a time to keep the pan sizzling).
Crack the egg into wok and stir quickly to cook (like making scrambled eggs). Add the peas, carrot and cashews. Stir-fry 1 minute in the same way. Then add entire sauce and rice gently stir-fry to combine over medium-high to high heat until the rice “dances” (begins to make popping sounds) – about 3 minutes.
Remove from heat. Do a taste-test for saltiness, adding a few shakes of salt.
Then top with chopped cilantro/ coriander leaves.
To serve, scoop rice onto a serving platter or serve into the pineapple shell, hollowed out.

I am linking this delicious rice to Flavors of Cuisine: Thailand hosted here.


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  1. says

    Swathi, that rice sounds wonderful and what a beautiful photograph you took. I can not wait to make this I love pineapple.

  2. says

    Like you said each rice has its own identity…it takes couple of times of cooking to know the exact amount of water required…
    Love the flavors of this colorful pineapple fried rice

  3. says

    We had a very quiet Memorial Day weekend as well. Just hung around the house and enjoyed the beautiful weather. What a great dish to make for the weekend. I love pineapple in just about anything, especially a fried rice. Look delicious and I love the way you served it inside the pineapple!

  4. says

    Wow! I love the pine apple rice in the pineapple boat. It must have tasted awesome. I like pineapple a lot and kind of make something with it given a chance. Will keep this as one thing I need to make for my family.Looks delicious.

  5. says

    Oh my my, never seen anything like this!!
    A pineapple boat and fried rice! Looks very inviting and I’m sure kids will go gaga over this dish! I love the home made stir fried sauce too, very yum!

  6. says

    Your pineapple boat turned out perfect Swathi! It is so cute and the rice sounds completely delicious! You are right about rice – I tried making it using a new and different method from a cookbook and it was inedible.

  7. says

    This is the best,looks so good,perfectly made and cool presentation.I tried once with chicken. Your recipe sounds great,will try this soon.