Traditional Pork Vindaloo

Total Time:
4 hr 15 min
2 hr 30 min
1 hr 45 min

6 to 8 servings.

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons tamarind concentrate (available in Indian and specialty food stores)
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoons black mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 2 curry leaves (available in Indian and specialty food stores)
  • 1 3 -inch cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 6 garlic cloves, halved
  • 2 medium fresh hot green chilies, seeded
  • 2 tablespoons chopped ginger
  • 2 tablespoons, plus 1/2 cup mustard oil (available in Indian and specialty food stores)
  • 2 pounds boneless lean pork, cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced onions
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked fenugreek seeds
  • 2 teaspoons Indian chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Garnish:
  • 1 cup finely-chopped onions Sauteed in 2 tablespoons vegetable oil until crispy brown; 1/4 cup finely-chopped fresh cilantro
  • In a small bowl whisk tamarind with water. Heat a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add cumin, mustard and coriander seeds; toast, stirring, until they begin to pop; transfer to a coffee or spice grinder along with curry leaves, cinnamon and peppercorns. Process to a fine powder and add to tamarind. In a blender combine garlic, chilies to taste and ginger and process to a paste. Add 2 tablespoons of the mustard oil and spiced tamarind mixture; process until combined. In a large bowl place pork and pour blender contents over; toss to combine. Marinate covered 2 hours at room temperature or refrigerate overnight.

  • In a large skillet heat remaining 1/2 cup mustard oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add turmeric, fenugreek, chili powder to taste, coriander and salt; cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds until spices are fragrant. Reduce heat to medium and add pork and marinade. Cook, turning pork often, 5 minutes. Stir in vinegar and water. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook, about 1 1/2 hours, or until pork is very tender. Serve with rice, garnished with browned onions and cilantro.

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