The word vindaloo is a garbled pronunciation of the popular Portuguese dish carne de vinha d’alhos (meat marinated in wine-vinegar and garlic), which made its way to India in the 15th century along with Portuguese explorers. In Goa the dish was tweaked, incorporating chiles, tamarind, black pepper, cinnamon, and cardamom. When it was exported to England, it became another hot curry, losing its vinegar tang and spice complexity, but this version stays close to the Goan original. Normally cooked with either beef or lamb, the vindaloo works well with pork too.
2 lb. boneless pork shoulder, cut into 2″ pieces
⅓ cup white wine vinegar
Kosher salt, to taste
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. poppy seeds
10 whole black peppercorns
6 chiles de árbol, stemmed
4 whole cloves
1 tbsp. tamarind paste
½ tsp. ground turmeric
8 cloves garlic, 4 peeled, 4 roughly chopped
3 small red Thai chiles or 2 red jalapeños, stemmed
1 (2″) piece ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
⅓ cup canola oil
1 tsp. black mustard seeds
1 stick cinnamon, halved
2 small green Thai chiles or 1 serrano, halved
1 large yellow onion, sliced
1 tsp. grated jaggery or brown sugar
1. Toss pork, vinegar, and salt in a bowl. Cook cumin and poppy seeds, peppercorns, chiles de árbol, and cloves in an 8″ skillet until seeds pop, 1–2 minutes. Let cool and transfer to a spice grinder; grind into a powder and add to pork. Purée tamarind paste, turmeric, peeled garlic, red chiles, and ginger in a food processor into a paste and add to pork. Toss to coat; cover and chill 4 hours.
2. Heat oil in a 6-qt. saucepan over medium-high; cook mustard seeds and cinnamon until seeds pop, 1–2 minutes. Add chopped garlic, green chiles, and onion; cook until slightly caramelized, 8–10 minutes. Stir in pork and its marinade; cook until paste begins to brown, 5–7 minutes. Add salt and 1¼ cups water; boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered and stirring occasionally, until pork is tender, about 1 hour. Stir in jaggery; cook until thickened, 8–10 minutes.
This recipe was taken from Saveur. The original photo and recipe can be found at www.saveur.com