Goan-Style Hot and Sour Pork

Grind whole spices in a coffee-grinder or other spice grinder to make the vindaloo paste for Madhur Jaffrey's spicy pork dish
By Madhur Jaffrey
Goan-Style Hot and Sour Pork
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  • Serves: 6
  • Cook Time: 1.25 hours 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2-3 red chillies
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp cardamom seeds, (you may take the seeds out of the pods if you cannot buy them loose)
  • 7.5 cm cinnamon sticks
  • 1.5 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 5 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1.5-2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar
  • 10 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 175-200 g onions, peeled and sliced into fine half-rings
  • 6 tbsp water, plus 250ml
  • 900 g boneless pork shoulder, cut into 2.5cm cubes
  • 2.5 cm cube ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 small heads garlic, with all of the cloves seperated and peeled (or the equivalent, if using a large head)
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 0.5 tsp turmeric


1. Grind the cumin seeds, red chillies, peppercorns, cardamom seeds, cinnamon, black mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds in a coffee-grinder or other spice grinder. Put the ground spices in a bowl. Add the vinegar, salt and sugar. Mix and set aside.

2. Put the oil in a wide, heavy pan and set over medium heat. Put in the onions. Fry, stirring frequently, until the onions turn brown and crisp. Remove the onions with a slotted spoon and put them into the container of an electric blender or food processor. (Turn the heat off.) Add 2-3 tbsp water to the blender and puree the onions. Add this puree to the ground spices in the bowl. (This is the vindaloo paste.) It may be made ahead of time and frozen.

3. Dry off the meat cubes with kitchen paper and remove large pieces of fat, if any.

4. Put the ginger and garlic into the container of an electric blender or food processor. Add 2-3 tbsp water and blend until you have a smooth paste.

5. Heat the oil remaining in the pan once again over a medium-high heat. When hot, put in the pork cubes, a few at a time, and brown them lightly on all sides. Remove each batch with a slotted spoon and keep in a bowl. Do all the pork this way. Now, put the ginger-garlic paste into the same pan. Turn down the heat to medium. Stir the paste for a few seconds. Add the coriander and turmeric. Stir for another few seconds. Add the meat, any juices that may have accumulated as well as the vindaloo paste and 250ml water. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer gently for an hour or until pork is tender. Stir a few times during this cooking period.

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