Recipe by FlemishMinx
This recipe came from another site and varies from the other Pork Vindaloo recipes already posted here on 'Zaar, so I'm including it. It is spicy, flavorful, uses a relatively inexpensive cut of meat and is one of our favorites. It isn't any harder to make than a pot of chili. I serve over rice with a plain steamed vegetable on the side. Note to those who have never made a curry before, or have only used pre-packaged curry powder: don't be intimidated by the long list of "exotic" spices ! Once you've bought them for one recipe, you'll be using them over and over again for other curries. Enjoy !
Top Review by JustJanS
While this was a well written recipe that resulted in a tasty stew of well cooked onions, tomato and tender meat, as a vindaloo, it was a bit underwhelming. I think it was under chillied and spiced for the amount of meat and would definately increase the ginger, cumin, turmeric, chili and salt and add a bit of Indian chilli powder.
- 6 cloves garlic, chopped and divided
- 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped,divided
- 4 red chilies, coarsely chopped and seeded (or not depending on your heat tolerance)
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
- 1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 4 tablespoons white wine vinegar, divided
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 onions, finely chopped
- 1⁄2 lb tomatoes, chopped
- 2 lbs pork shoulder, trimmed of fat and cubed
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 1⁄2 cups boiling water
- 5 curry leaves, chopped
- 6 whole cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 teaspoon sugar
Directions See How It's Made
- In a blender or electric chopper, add 4 of the chopped garlic cloves, half the ginger, the red chilis, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, turmeric, cumin and half the vinegar.
- Blend/chop until a homogeneous paste is formed.
- In a large pot or dutch oven, heat the olive oil and fry the onions until golden.
- Add the spice paste and saute gently for 15 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes and continue to cook, breaking them up in the pot with the back of a wooden spoon.
- When the tomatoes have begun to incorporate with the rest of the mixture (only a few minutes) add the pork and stir and cook until all the pieces have browned and are well coated with the spice mixture.
- This should take 5 to 10 minutes.
- Add the salt and pour in the boiling water.
- Simmer, covered for 40 minutes to one hour until the pork is tender.
- I usually remove the cover for the last 10 minutes and increase the heat slightly to reduce the liquids.
- You may also add 1 TBS cornstarch at this point if you want a sauce with more body.
- Add the remaining chopped garlic and ginger, along with the curry leaves, cloves, and cinnamon stick.
- Cook a further 5 minutes.
- Add the sugar and remaining vinegar, and more salt if desired.
- Remove the cinnamon stick before serving (and the cloves if you can fish them out, or caution your diners that they still remain!).