Hot and spicy Pork Vindaloo


Pork Vindaloo

Vindaloo is one of a hot and spicy meat recipe popular among the Christian community in Kerala and Goa. It’s usually prepared on special occasions like Easter and Christmas. Beef and pork are the mainly used meat varieties for this recipe. Pork Vindaloo is usually served with Palappam, Vellayappam, Bread and rice. It has a reddish brown texture and a thick oil layer on its surface. The presence of oil over the pork would help in preserving this recipe for days in a refrigerator. The use of red chillies and black peppercorns impart a spicy flavour. Have a look at the ingredients used and the preparation of Pork Vindaloo.

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Ingredients used for making Pork Vindaloo
  • 250 gm of pork (sliced into 1-inch cubes)
  • 15 dried red chillies
  • 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoons of toasted cumin seeds (whole)
  • 2 pieces of cinnamon (1-inch pieces)
  • 8-10 black peppercorns
  • 7 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2 medium sized garlic cloves (chopped to pieces)
  • 1-inch ginger piece (chopped to pieces)
  • ½ cup of vinegar
  • Salt for the taste
  • 1 medium sized onion (chopped to fine pieces)
  • 1½ tablespoon of oil
  • 1 cup of water

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Method of preparation of Pork Vindaloo
  • Grind the ingredients like red chillies, cumin seeds, turmeric, 1 cinnamon piece, 5 peppercorns, 4 cloves and the sugar to a fine powder.
  • Take the spice powder in a food processor or a mortar, add the garlic and ginger pieces. Also, add the vinegar and crush it to form a fine paste.
  • Now, take the pork pieces in a mixing bowl and marinate it with half of the spice paste and sprinkle some salt. Mix it well.
  • Crush the onion pieces in a food processor or a mortar to form a paste. Keep it aside.
  • Heat some oil in a heavy bottom pan and add the onion paste. Saute it in a low flame and add the remaining 4 peppercorns, 1 cinnamon stick and 3 cloves.
  • Constantly stir the ingredients until the onion becomes soft. (it would take about 5 minutes)
  • Add the remaining spice paste and stir it occasionally.
  • Once the oil separates and the mixture starts to sizzle, add the pork pieces and stir it occasionally.
  • After 10 minutes, when the pork pieces attain a light brown texture, pour some water. Occasionally stir the mixture.
  • Cover the lid of the pan and cook the pieces in a low flame, occasionally stir the contents.
  • Once the pork pieces gets cooked and becomes tender (it would take about 1 hour), take the recipe off the pan.
  • Transfer the Pork Vindaloo into a serving bowl and serve it as a side dish for Appams, bread or rice.

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