Bright and colourful, this delicious asian-style curry (notice the very loose use of 'asian' here ) is both delicious and healthful and makes good use of Craz-E Contest ingredients! There is a bit of time and work spent over a skillet putting things together initially, before finishing off in the crockpot, but I think this is the secret to delicious crockpot cooking - it's not a matter of 'dump' and cook, there has to be a certain amount of love put in as well to give it a layer of flavour you wouldn't otherwise get. Having said that, you could just finish off this curry in the skillet you started it in, but again, it would lose an element of flavour that it attains from the long, slow cooking in the crockpot.
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 1⁄2 lbs pork tenderloin, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 tablespoon curry powder (I used a mild one, add more curry powder for more heat)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 (10 ounce) cans Rotel tomatoes & chilies
- 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple tidbits, with juice (should be unsweetened)
- 1 tablespoon orange marmalade
- 1 green bell pepper, cut into cubes
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into cubes
- 1⁄2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1⁄2 cup ground roasted cashews
- In a skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat and brown the pork pieces until browned on all sides. Remove from skillet and place in crockpot.
- Into the skillet add the curry powder, cumin, ginger and cayenne pepper. Saute for 30 seconds and add onion and garlic; coat with the spice mixture and saute for 2-3 minutes or until vegetables are wilted. Add the rotel tomatoes (with green chile), pineapple tidbits (including unsweetened juice) orange marmalade, and pepper cubes, season with salt to taste and boil for 4-5 minutes to thicken sauce slightly. Remove from heat and stir in yoghurt and ground cashews. Pour the sauce into the crockpot and stir to distribute everything. Adjust seasoning to taste (you may want to add a touch more salt and curry powder, based on personal preference).
- Cook on low setting for 6 hours while you go about and enjoy your day.
- Serve with steamed rice and enjoy! (This is even better the next day).
I think for coming up with a recipe on short notice, this contestant did a great job, but the recipe was not quite as good as what I would expect to get in if I ordered curry in a restaurant. Changes I would make include using clarified butter instead of regular butter, more orange marmalade to make the flavor come through, add salt to the ingredient list, and keep the cashews whole or coarsely chopped, instead of ground (which gave the curry a gritty texture). Otherwise, everything was great! Thanks. ~Sue
This is about my 3-4th try with this review - other ones did not stick. We really liked this recipe and it sure warmed up the whole house with great aroma permeating through our home while this was crocking away. This recipe needs a bit more fat ie butter or oil in the beginning stage of sauteeing pork because of it's numerous surface after cut into bite size pieces. Also thought the taste was a tad too strong with pineapple taste but this recipe can be toned down with addition of more yogurt and that's exactly what we did at the table. Thanks for submitting.