Pachri Nenas, a Malay Pineapple Salsa

Pachri Nenas is a Malay salsa/pickle type dish that is perfect on the summer table. It almost always makes an appearance at Malay weddings in Singapore and Malaysia, as an accompaniment to the Bryanis and curries served.

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Pachri Nenas, Malay Pineapple Salsa

The word nenas, as I mentioned in the last post, is pineapple, in Malay.

Pachri Nenas Recipe

There are many variations to pachri nenas or pajeri nenas as it’s also known; spicy, dry or more curry like. While I identify it as a Malay recipe, it is also made and claimed by the Nyonyas and the Eurasians in Singapore and Malaysia.

To read more about these cultural groups and the ethnic and cultural mix in Singapore and Malaysia, head on over to the Singapore and Malaysian Recipes page on this site.

You will also find Pachri Nenas in Indonesia and in Goa, where the version is much richer, with coconut and is called Pineapple Pachadi.

LinsFood’s Pachri Nenas

Our recipe is very quick and light, much the same way my granny and mum used to make their fresh vegetable pickles.

We cook it for no longer than 10 minutes and the sweetness of the pineapple goes very well with the touch of spice you find in the recipe. The idea is to just heat through the pineapple and cook it slightly.

If you can’t get fresh pineapple, a good quality, additive free canned pineapple will do perfectly well, with the juice replacing the sugar and water in the recipe.

How to Serve this Pineapple Salsa?

Anyway you would any other salsa! As mentioned above, the traditional way is with rice and curries but I just love this as yet another condiment on the barbecue table.

It also makes a great burger ingredient, especially if you like your “Hawaiian” slants on burgers and pizzas. A great alternative salsa, don’t you think?

Make Ahead

Pachri Nenas will keep in the fridge for 2 days, covered well.

Handy Hints

I like a little sauce with this which you should get with the amount of water used here but adjust the liquid to your taste, more or less.

Another way to make this, is to lose the oil completely and place all other the ingredients into a small saucepan, bring to boil and simmer for 10 minutes. That will be the fat free version!

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Lin xx

Pachri Nenas, Malay Pineapple Salsa

Pachri Nenas, a quick and easy Pineapple Salsa

Pachri Nenas is a delicious condiment from Singapore and Malaysia, a cross between a salsa and a pickle, made in minutes.
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Singaporean and Malaysian
Keyword: malaysian recipes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 (6-8)
Calories: 72kcal
Author: Azlin Bloor


  • 1 large, ripe, sweet pineapple
  • 1 tsp vegetable or peanut oil

Dry Spices

  • 1 small piece of cinnamon
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 star anise “petals”


  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1 clove garlic sliced widthwise
  • 1 red chilli sliced (more or less to taste)

Everything else

  • pinch ground turmeric
  • 2 Tbsp white/clear vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 125 ml water


  • Peel the pineapple, then cut it into bitesized pieces.
  • Heat the oil in a saucepan or wok on medium low heat and sauté the cinnamon, clove and star anise for about a minute.
  • Add the onion, garlic and chilli and sauté for another minute.
  • Add everything else in, bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.


Serving: 8 | Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 63mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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24 thoughts on “Pachri Nenas, a Malay Pineapple Salsa”

  1. This looks really lovely. I like trying out different salsas especially since my husband and I love movie nights at home and have chips during those nights. I think this is a must try!

  2. How wonderful to know some recipe that are completely new to me. I love pineapple and this looks so easy and delicious!

  3. This looks so yummy for me. I love pineapple and probably will try this out over the weekend.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. It seems to be wonderful recipe. I love pineapple but this recipe is new to me. I never heard about it. i would love to try it for sure.

  5. I love pineapple and trying new dishes. This looks like a great summer dish too. I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Robin Ruehrwein

    That salsa sounds AWESOME! I know my husband is going to love it, too! I cant wait to make it.

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