Diabetic Pineapple Rice Recipe

Pineapple rice is a convenient stand alone dish for those who are always on the go and has no time to cook multiple dishes.  The pineapple is one of the sweetest fruit around hence the addition of pineapple can provide this dish with a unique tasty flavour.

 

Since pineapple is sweet, questions often arises as to whether it is really suitable for the diabetics.  The pineapple contains many health benefits as it contains several essential nutrients such as vitamin C, manganese and bromelain.  Vitamin C is helpful in stimulating your immune system and providing protection against free radicals which are major culprits in causing cancer as well as building up plague in your arteries.  Manganese is beneficial as an antioxidant and energy production.  Bromelain is beneficial in reducing tumor growth, blood coagulation and inflammation.

 

For the diabetics, consuming pineapple may have some negative impact on blood sugar however it is still okay if taken in moderately small portions.  Adding some fresh pineapples to rice is still okay.  Just make sure that only fresh pineapples are used and not the canned types which contains higher sugar content.

 

Ingredients

 

1 tablespoon oil

3 Chinese pork sausages, sliced or 150 grams chicken meat

1/2 cup dried shrimp, washed, drained and chopped coarsely

4 cloves garlic, minced

5 shallots, minced

2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger

2 teaspoons belacan powder (shrimp paste powder)

6 cups cooked rice

1 tablespoon fish sauce

1 cup chopped fresh pineapples

2 red chillies, sliced

Shredded omelette

1 bunch Chinese parsley, finely cut

 

Method

  1. Buy the largest pineapple that you can possibly find as it will be ideal to use its shell as the serving vessel.  Place the pineapple on its side and slice off 1/4 along the length.  Scoop out the pineapple flesh and reserve the shell for use as serving vessel.

  2. Bring a wok or frying pan to heat, add oil and when oil is hot, reduce to medium heat and stir-fry the sliced sausages until brown.  Remove from oil and set aside.

  3. Add dried shrimp, garlic, shallots and ginger to the remaining oil and stir-fry until fragrant.

  4. Add in the belacan powder and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes more.

  5. Add in the cooked rice and sausage and fry until the rice is steaming hot.  Season with fish sauce, add in the chopped pineapples and red chillies and mix well before removing the rice into the pineapple serving vessel.

  6. Garnish with shredded omelette and Chinese parsley before serving

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