So 2013 is here infact it is 2nd day of the New Year. I had a 10 day break from work which was much needed and I spend the 10 days chilling and relaxing, full of ideas, thoughts and resolutions for the next year. But they are all in the head.
I need to really get off my lazy bum and write them down. Maybe stick them up on the fridge or on a wall in my bedroom so I am reminded again and again of the things I need to achieve in 2013. One of the things that I decided however was to be more adventurous with food and try new cuisines and food I have not tasted before. Now I am adventurous by nature and this is an easy resolution for me. But “D” is not very adventurous with food and it will be difficult to follow this through if he not involved in it too.
I decided to be cheeky and cheat a bit and make something that “D” would not necessarily try, which is “Pork”. Pork is such a beautiful meat but “D” hates it. Not for religious reasons but because he has never eaten beautifully cooked Pork. And there is no harm is sometimes introducing your family to new tastes and flavours so they can grow. I also had my resolutions to keep right.
This is almost the same recipe as the one I used to make my favourite “Goat Curry” but I added a dash of Rum to give it a little twist. “D” loved it and asked for 2nd and 3rd helping. When I finally told him what it was he was shocked. After getting over the initial shock he admitted how gorgeous it tasted and he would love it if I made it again. I guess the bargain paid off. I know I cheated and cheating is bad but now the husband of mine knows a new taste and I am glad I embarked on this adventure.
Here is my recipe for Indian Style Pork curry (Cooking time 45 minutes, serves 4)
500 Gms Pork pieces
2 medium sized Potatoes cut into medium sized Pieces
2 medium sized Onions finely chopped
3 medium Sized Tomatoes finely chopped
2 -3 Green Chillies
1 tablespoon Ginger Garlic paste
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 ½ Tsp Red Chilli Powder
1 tsp Cumin powder
1 tsp Garam masala powder
1 tsp Coriander powder
Salt to taste
Freshly chopped Coriander
1 Bay Leaf
1 Cinnamon stick
1 ½ Tablespoon Mustard Oil
1 ½ Tablespoon Dark Rum (Optional)
2 cups Water
In a bowl add the Pork, Potatoes, Turmeric, cumin, Garam Masala, Red Chilli and Coriander powder. Mix well and keep it aside till you get everything ready.
Heat the Mustard oil in a pressure cooker or a deep bottomed pan. Add the Cardamom, Cinnamon, Bay Leaves and Cloves. Once they start to splutter add the thinly sliced Onions and let them cook till they turn almost golden brown in colour. Now add the Green chillies and Ginger Garlic paste, I did not chop the chillies so anyone who did not want to eat them can throw them away. But you are welcome to chop.
Add the Tomatoes and let them cook till the oil separates.
Add the marinated Meat and Potatoes and start sautéing them in the masala. I spend around 15 minutes on a low flame just letting the meat cook in the masala. I did not add any additional water at this stage but you can.
Add Salt to taste and the Rum. Now add 2 cups of water and let it cook for another 20 minutes if using a Pan or in a pressure cooker give it 7 – 8 whistles. Garnish with freshly chopped Coriander with serve with hot rice or fluffy Rotis/Chapatis. So while you drool at the gorgeous dish I will get back to making my list for 2013 and I hope this is the only time I have to cheat.