I made this pork pepper fry for lunch yesterday. DH had got some pork the other day, as one of his attempts to try ‘other’ meat. Yeah, he mostly eats chicken and mutton(goat meat), and he prefers them over other meat. But, some days he gets adventurous. I had made this recipe once before and DH liked the way I had prepped it, except it was way too spicy. I decided to reduce the spice level and make some alterations to the original recipe. Its a very easy recipe and can be done as easy as a vegetable side, or as an appetizer.
1 lb of pork (lean cut)
1/2 onion thinly sliced
1 tbsp ginger thinly sliced
1 tbsp garlic thinly sliced
1 each cinnamon, clove and 2-3 cardamom pods
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp of chilli powder
1/2 tsp of coriander powder
1/2 tsp of pepper
2 tbsp canola oil
salt to taste
Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat, add the cinnamon, clove and cardamom. Let it splutter, add the onion and fry on medium heat until it turns golden brown. My friend told me that we generally add a little bit more cardamom to pork dishes, I think it is to aid in digestion and to reduce any smell. Being a vegetarian and cooking meat here in the US is not very difficult, since I don’t feel the smell here, compared to cooking meat in India. Anyways, making the onion golden brown here is very important, since it adds great flavor to the dish. Now, add the sliced ginger and the garlic and saute until the raw smell disappears.
Add the pork and toss until well combined. Add salt and turmeric powder. The last time I cooked the pork for the same dish, I cooked it for 1 whistle in the pressure cooker, but DH suggested that I just saute it, since the meat is pretty tender. Add the chilli powder and coriander powder, toss well, then add 2 tbsp of water and cover to cook the pork. Check the pork for doneness(DH does this for me) and sprinkle the pepper powder. Add the curry leaves and toss well.
Serve as an appetizer or as a side to mixed rice such as fried rice, briyani etc.
Verdict: DH said it was very good, and ate it as an appetizer. The lean cut of pork adds a nice chewiness and also it doesn’t make you feel guilty. I am thinking of buying a cut with bone in and trying the same recipe later.