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Indian Pork Vindaloo Curry

Pork curries may be unusual but a traditional Vindaloo curry is made with pork and it is the perfect meat for the hot and sour flavour!

Portrait image of a steaming pork vindaloo curry served in a copper curry bowl

A Pork Curry Recipe?

Let’s face it Indian pork recipes are pretty thin on the ground, but this pork curry is not an invention of mine.

The Vindaloo curry is actually fusion food from the 15th century.

It is an Indo Portuguese recipe that comes from the time when meat was stored in wine/vinegar as a preservative.

That astringent, garlic rich spiciness was much beloved by the British when they arrived in the 18th Century.

A couple of hundred years later us Brits know the vindaloo as a fiercely spicy sour curry.

My recipe sticks with that idea and leans back to the Porky origins and it is stunning!

Close up portrait image of a pork vindaloo curry served in a copper curry bowl

What Type of Pork to Use.

I have two vindaloo curry recipes on my site, this one and a beef vindaloo.

Both require a fattier cut of meat, with the beef I recommend beef shin, for the pork, I recommend shoulder or collar.

The sharpness of the vinegar really does pop against a fatty cut of meat.

There are also other subtle differences between the beef and pork variants that complement the differences between the two types of meat.

The beef gets more earthy and citrusy tamarind, whereas the pork gets the addition of fennel seeds and apple vinegar.

Portrait image of a pork vindaloo curry served in a copper curry bowl

Alternative Cooking Methods

This recipe also allows me to illustrate two different ways of cooking a similar curry.

You could very easily cook this recipe in the instant pot by following the method in the beef variant that I linked to a little further up the page.

Likewise, it would be very easy to cook that beef curry using this method.

As for which method is best… Then it is much of a muchness, I think the oven method gives marginally better results.

The IP method is a little quicker and is more ‘hands off’.

Landscape image of a pork vindaloo curry served in a copper curry bowl
Recipe for Pork Vindaloo
Yield: 2 Servings

Recipe for Pork Vindaloo

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Marinade Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes

A pork vindaloo is a classic example of fusion food from long before trendy restaurants started to do it. It is an Indo Portuguese recipe dating from around the 15th century and clearly demonstrates pork can be the centre of a curry!

Ingredients

  • 500 g Pork Shoulder

For the Marinade:

  • 125 g Onion
  • 25 g Ginger
  • 8 Cloves Garlic
  • 75 ml Apple Vinegar
  • 25 ml Tamarind Pulp
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tsp Honey

For the Curry:

  • 2 Tsp Ghee
  • 100 g Onion
  • 2 Hot Green Chili Peppers
  • 125 g Tomato
  • 1 Tbsp Fennel Seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Kashmiri Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1 Tsp Armchoor
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 12 Cardamom Pods

Instructions

  1. Cut the pork into a 2.5 cm dice.
  2. Peel the ginger and garlic, then roughly chop the onion.
  3. Add these to the rest of the ingredients to the marinade and let steep for at least 1 hour, up to 8 hours.
  4. Peel, top and tail and cut the onion for the curry into 4 wedges.
  5. Heat a large pan that can be placed in the oven over a medium high heat.
  6. When hot melt the ghee and add in the onion, cooking for 5-7 minutes until they begin to colour.
  7. Whilst this is happening roughly chop the tomatoes and finely chop the green chili peppers.
  8. Now is a good time to gather the spices, you can put them all in a single bowl if you want to make it easier.
  9. Add the powdered spices and fennel seeds to the pan and stir for 60 seconds.
  10. Then in go the onions and chili, stirring well to combine.
  11. Finally in goes the pork in the marinade, salt & pepper, and the cardamom pods, once again stir well.
  12. Add a lid and then place in the oven and cook at 180°C or 350°F for 2 hours.
  13. If you like a drier curry with less sauce, remove the lid for the last 20-30 minutes of the cooking time.

Notes

Try to fish out the cardamom pods before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 959Total Fat: 60gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 236mgSodium: 1584mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 8gSugar: 18gProtein: 64g
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Jill

Friday 7th of June 2019

This pork sounds like it is packed with so much delicious flavor. Definitely a must-try!

Brian Jones

Saturday 8th of June 2019

It is certainly no wallflower in the flavour department ;)

Nicolas Hortense

Friday 7th of June 2019

Woooowww, just wow. The melt in your mouth pork is just making me drool (:

Brian Jones

Saturday 8th of June 2019

Thanks Nicolas

Jennifer

Monday 23rd of November 2015

Indian food is high on list of "loves"! Need to make this dish the next time I am looking to do roast pork.

Brian Jones

Thursday 26th of November 2015

I'm with you on Indian food, I was bought up with it every bit as much as I was traditional British flavours.

Jeff the Chef (@makeitlikeaman)

Sunday 22nd of November 2015

Another beautiful, unusual, and delicious-looking dish, Brian! I've never pot roasted pork, but it looks like I ought to!

Brian Jones

Thursday 26th of November 2015

Cheers Jeff, I've been making versions of this for a while and it always goes down a treat.