Dried pork curry

Dried pork curry

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Sri Lankan Flavours
Serves
4
Photographer
Craig Wood

In Sri Lanka, we cook pork with the fat on, for flavour, but it’s not advisable these days for those who are health conscious.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 cinnamon stick
10 cm piece rampe
1/4 teaspoon fenugreek
10 curry leaves
1 onion, chopped
5 cm piece lemongrass, bruised
2 teaspoons garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon ginger, crushed
1 tablespoon chilli powder
1 tablespoon * curry powder [rid:9617]
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup tomatoes, chopped or canned
1kg lean pork, cut into 2 cm cubes
2 cups water
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper

Paste

Quantity Ingredient
1 tablespoon rice
1 tablespoon desiccated coconut
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 tablespoons white vinegar

Method

  1. To make paste, brown rice in a dry pan over low heat until golden – about 2 minutes. Add coconut and mustard seeds and brown for about 15–20 seconds, tossing continuously so as not to burn. Remove from heat and place in a food processor with vinegar and blend into a paste (this can also be done using a mortar and pestle). Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the cinnamon, rampe, fenugreek, curry leaves and cook until brown – about 30 seconds. Add the onion, lemongrass, garlic and ginger and sauté for a further 4 minutes. Add the chilli powder, roasted curry powder, sweet paprika, turmeric, tomato paste and tomatoes and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the meat, stir well to mix through the spices and sauté for 3 minutes. Add water, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly. Bring to the boil and cook for 15 minutes then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Add coconut-rice paste and cook for a further 6–7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until liquid has reduced. Take care not to burn the dish or the bottom of the pan.
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