How to cook… Pork Vindaloo


Serves 4 as a main dish

As the only state in India that is largely Catholic there are no taboos surrounding the use of pork in Goa. The dish, like so many in this state, are a combination of Portuguese and India flavours and cooking styles. The result is a spicy dish with plenty of vinegar and is far removed from the British restaurant-style Vindaloo.

What you need…
• 800g pork (a mix of cheek and leg is ideal), cut into largish bite-sized chunks
• 1 Tablespoon ghee
• 2 Tablespoons oil
• 2 red onions, finely chopped
• 240ml pork or chicken stock
• 1 Tablespoon coriander leaves
• Salt to taste

• 100ml palm vinegar
• 1 teaspoon garlic paste
• 1 teaspoon ginger paste
• 1 teaspoon sugar
• 8 black peppercorns, crushed

Spice paste
• 4 large chillies, roughly chopped
• 3 Tablespoons palm vinegar
• 1 teaspoon coriander powder
• 1 teaspoon turmeric
• 4 cloves, ground (or 1 teaspoon clove powder)
• Seeds from 4 cardamon pods
• 1 teaspoon garlic paste

How to make it
1. Mix all the Marinade ingredients together, add the pork and leave for 2 to 4 hours.
2. Mix all the ingredients from the Spice Paste to form a thick paste and set aside.
3. Heat the ghee and oil in a pan to a medium heat, add the pork with the marinade and fry until all the pieces are browned (about 5–7 minutes). Remove the pork from the pan and set aside.
4. Add the onions to pan and fry until they soften and start to brown (about 5 minutes).
5. Add the pork and cook for 5 minutes.
6. Add the Spice paste and cook for 5 minutes.
7. Add the stock, reduce the heat and cook until the meat is cooked through and tender (at least 45 minutes but up to 90 minutes). Stir occasionally and add water as necessary to stop it sticking.
8. Add salt to taste and sprinkle the coriander leaves on top before serving.
Recipe courtesy @thecurriedlondoner (Instagram)

If you really want to turn up the heat add more chillies to the Spice Paste.

Pork Vindaloo is the classic Goan dish for heat lovers.

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Get stuck into this delicious dish. It’s certainly better than a pork in the eye with a sharp stick.

How to cook… Ambot Tik


Serves 4 as a main dish

Ambot Tik is another hot and spicy dish from Goa that combines Portuguese and Indian flavours. It can be cooked with any any type of fish but popular choices are shark and prawns. If using the prawns keep their shells on to soak up the range of flavours. To cook this curry, first create the aromatic masala by dry frying spices, combine with a sauce of onions, tomatoes and tamarind and add the prawns.

What you need
• 600g prawns, deveined but with shells left on
• 3 Tablespoons oil
• 1 teaspoon garlic paste
• 1 teaspoon ginger paste
• 1.5 onions, finely chopped
• 2 tomatoes, chopped
• 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
• 3 Tablespoons tamarind paste
• 10 curry leaves
• Salt to taste
• Coriander leaves to garnish

• 10 dried red chillies
• 2 cloves
• 15 black peppercorns
• 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
• 4 Tablespoons desiccated coconut
• 0.5 teaspoon salt

How you make it
1. Dry fry all the Masala ingredients in a pan over a medium heat until they release their aromas (about 2 minutes). Grind into a powder and set aside.
2. Heat the oil in a pan to a medium heat, add the garlic paste and ginger paste and cook for 1 minute.
3. Add the onion and cook until it softens (about 5 minutes).
4. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and tamarind, mix well and cook for 2 minutes.
5. Add a little water and use a hand blender to the mix the ingredients to a paste.
6. Add the Masala, mix well and cook for 10 minutes.
7. Add the prawns, curry leaves and salt if needed, allowing the prawns to absorb all the flavours and cook until the they are fully cooked (about 7–8 minutes).
8. Garnish with the coriander leaves serve.

If you don’t have a hand blender for Step 5 then transfer the ingredients to a standard blender to create the paste then return the paste to the pan.

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