Vegetarian Pineapple Fritters with Pineapple Sauce

(Africa 2020 Fruit Pairings) (Mofo-Anana with Pineapple Sakay) A crispy vegetarian fritter served with a Pineapple Sakay sauce featuring chilis, garlic, ginger, turmeric, pineapple and lime juice.

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2 cups all-purpose flour
8 teaspoons kosher salt divided
1 Tablespoon curry powder
1 Tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 cups room temperature water
2 cups baby spinach leaves
1/2 cup jalapeno pepper small dice divided
1/4 cup Fresno chili small dice
3 cups scallions thinly sliced divided
1 cup plum tomato small dice
4-3/4 cups DOLE Chef-Ready Cuts Pineapple Cubes thawed divided
50 each Fresh Thai Bird Chilies sliced
50 each fresh green Thai chilis
2-1/2 ounces fresh ginger peeled
25 each garlic cloves peeled
5 teaspoons granulated sugar
2-1/2 cups DOLE Crushed Pineapple in Juice
5 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
4 Tablespoons ground turmeric
3-3/4 cups canola oil
30 each mofo-anana sub-recipe
5 cups pineapple sakay sub-recipe
2-1/2 cups pineapple relish sub-recipe


  1. To Prepare Mofo-Anana:

    1. Preheat deep fryer to 350°F.

    2. In a large bowl, combine all-purpose flour, 1 Tbsp kosher salt, curry powder, baking powder, black pepper, room temperature water, spinach, 1/4 cup diced jalapeno, fresno chili, 1-1/2 cups sliced scallions, diced plum tomatoes and 1 cup pineapple cubes. Stir together until a smooth batter is formed.

    3. Use a 2 oz scoop to portion batter and fry for 1 minute.

    4. Remove fritters from oil, gently flatten with a back of a spoon and return to fry for an additional 2-3 minutes until fritters are golden brown and crisp.

  2. To Prepare Pineapple Sakay:

    1. In a food processor combine Thai chilies, ginger, garlic, 5 tsp kosher salt and granulated sugar until a rough paste is formed.

    2. Add in the crushed pineapple in juice, lime juice and turmeric.

    3. Slowly pour in canola oil with the motor running until sauce emulsifies.

    4. Fold in 1-1/4 cups pineapple cubes and reserve.

  3. To Prepare Pineapple Relish: 

    1. In a large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups sliced scallions, 1/4 cup diced jalapenos, and 2-1/2 cups pineapple cubes. Cover and place in refrigerator. 

  4. To Serve:

    1. Place 3 fritters on a plate and top with 1/4 cup pineapple relish. Serve with 1/2 cup pineapple sakay on the side. 

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