Cooking pork vindaloo

Mallika Basu - Cooking pork vindaloo

Posted 28th May 2007

pork-vindaloo.jpgThanks so much for your thoughts, wishes and patience while I have been away. It was hard to say a final farewell to mum, my hubby’s mommy and fellow passionate foodie.

She was a great lady – founder of the Peru Children’s Trust, mother of three crazy boys and devoted Christian. Also very funny.

My memories of her will always make me giggle. The times she taught and me how to cut veggies properly so her little boy got his nutrients, her brave attempts to teach me proper English dishes like crumbles and pies and most of all, the kitchen banter that accompanied it all.

There was this one time she noticed the abyssmal absence of jacket potatoes from my cooking repertoire:

Mum: “Do you know what a jacket potato is?”

Me: “Yes, but I don’t know how to make it.”

Mum: “But they are delicious and very healthy.”

Me: “What’s a jacket potato when I can have a vindaloo?”

Mum: “True.”

So, I have vowed to cook more English food and make sure my future daughter-in-laws are indoctrinated fully in the cuisine too. But in her memory, here’s a pork vindaloo. Delicious, with or without the jacket potato.

Serves 2-3:

500 gms boneless pork, diced into large chunks

2 medium onions, thinly sliced

Half tsp turmeric powder

Half tsp garam masala powder

1 bay leaf

Half tsp sugar

Salt to taste

3 tbsp oil

Grind into paste:

4 cloves garlic

1 inch ginger

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp coriander seeds

Half tsp mustard seeds

Half tsp fenugreek seeds

3-5 dry whole red chillies (as much as you can stomach)

2 cardamoms

2 cloves

2 whole black peppercorns

Quarter cup white vinegar

Mix the pork with the paste and leave to marinade overnight or for as long as possible. Heat the oil and when hot, add the sugar and the bay leaf. When the sugar caramelises, add the onions and fry on a high heat stirring constantly until they turn brown (about 10 minutes).

Now add the turmeric and the pork with its marinade. Fry on a high heat until the pork is sealed evenly. Lower the flame to a medium heat, cover the pot and boil gently until the pork is tender and the onions are melted into a thick gravy. The pork shouldcook in its juices – only add water if the meat is getting stuckto the bottom of the pot.

Mix in the garam masala and serve hot, with rotis. This dish should be dry, sweet, sour and very spicy.

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