Pork Vindaloo

In India, not many people are used to eating pork or beef but if you grow up in Shillong, it’s tough to ignore it. One of the most popular dishes in Shillong is ‘Jadoh’ – a pork and rice dish found in every corner of the street.

Few months back, my friend Madhu opened a group in Facebook called ‘Pork-Lover‘ and asked me if I could cook something special for the group. Well, why not! what are friends for 🙂 I have always enjoyed this red meat and decided to try Pork Vindaloo.

Vindaloo is originally derived from the Portuguese dish “Carne de Vinha d’ Alhos” which is made with pork, wine and garlic. The dish was modified by addition of vinegar instead of wine and lots of kashmir chilies, which gives a rich color to the dish without making it too hot!

I have always wanted to try this recipe at home but my only concern was to convince Arvind. He is not a fan of red meat and specially, when it’s in a curry. He prefers grilled red meat along with mashed potatoes. Having said that, he is one of those people who don’t mind trying out any recipe, which makes me a very happy food blogger 😉

When it comes to a dish like Vindaloo, you need a lot of patience. Letting the meat marinate overnight is a must and then once it’s cooked, you need to let it rest for another night. Trust me it will be worth the wait! Also, it’s a slow cooking process and that’s how all the spices combine to make the dish flavorful with the soft and juicy meat.

I used boneless meat and if you don’t eat pork, you can try it with chicken too. Cooking time will differ depending on the meat you are using. Also, some people may prefer to boil the meat in advance, which will also reduce the entire cooking time.

We enjoyed it with cumin rice and a simple salad. This simple salad goes perfect with this spicy curry and back at home, it was a tradition to make this salad every time we ate any meat curry.

The salad is made from cucumber and tomato, cut into bite size pieces, dressed with salt, pepper, lemon juice and fresh cilantro. Simple and quick!

Please feel free to add yourself in the group if you are a pork lover. It will make my friend and me very happy 🙂

Pork Vindaloo

Serving Size: 4

Pork Vindaloo


  • 1 lb pork, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1 cup red wine (I used zinfandel)
  • salt
  • oil
  • cilantro, for garnish
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • For the vindaloo paste :
  • 6 to 8 kashmir chilies
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 2 tbs cumin seeds
  • 6 to 8 whole peppers
  • 1 tsp cardamom seeds
  • 2 tbs coriander seeds
  • juice of one lemon
  • salt


  • In a pan, dry roast kashmir chili, cumin seed, whole pepper, cardamom seeds and coriander seeds separately for about 2 minutes.
  • Once done, let them cool and then, grind them to a fine dust.
  • Add lemon juice, garlic, ginger and salt to them and mix it properly.
  • Rub the spice mix on the pork and let it marinate for 8 hrs minimum or overnight.
  • In a deep pan, heat some oil and fry the pork pieces individually. Retain the juice from marination as it will be used later.
  • Once fried, keep the pork pieces aside.
  • In the same pan, add the cinnamon stick and onion and cook until the onion is translucent.
  • Add tomato and cook for another couple of minutes.
  • Pour the cooked onion and tomato into a food processor and blend it to a course paste.
  • Pour it back to the pan and add the fried pork. Also, add the remaining juice from the marinade.
  • Cook for few more minutes and add 1 cup water.
  • Cover the pan and let it simmer in low heat for about 30 minutes.
  • The water should be  reduced and the pork should be almost cooked.
  • At this point, add the wine and mix it properly. Then, cover the pan and let it simmer for another 30 to 40 minutes. Keep stirring occasionally.
  • Check for salt and add if required.
  • Once the pork is boiled and soft, switch off the heat and cover the pan. Let it rest for at-least an hour. If you want the best flavor from the dish, let it rest overnight before you enjoy it!


Cooking time will differ depending on the size and type of meat used.


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Spandana says:

Lovely Clicks Kankana…
I love Lamb vindaloo.. will try your recipe soon 🙂

Manu says:

I love vindaloo… and pork! I have never made it at home as my hubby (who is Goan!) keeps telling me it is too spicy for him (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) LOL But I am going to make it anyway one of these days!!! hehehehe Yours look amazing, it looks moist and tender! Yum!

I love prawn vindaloo every now and then. Not a big fan of pork. Your recipe sounds perfect.
Lovely clicks K!

Tes says:

I have never had Vindaloo dish before. I will really love to try this… I think I can do the same with lamb, right 🙂

nisha says:

love pork in any form..vindaloo even better:)

Kala says:

It looks delicious and beautiful to eat!

Shinta says:

Oooh I love Pork! I was raised in Goa, and vindaloo is one of my all-time favorites. In fact the spicier the better. Had posted a recipe some time back. I am definitely joining this group.

Charles says:

Eesh, vindaloo I find a little on the spicy side for my poor tongue – at least the experiences I’ve had with it in the past – but of course I can always just add fewer chillies. Lovely to see such a great looking curry paste made from scratch and even though I suspect it is quite hot it sounds delicious! I love the look of that salad too! Beautiful post – thanks for sharing it 🙂

Candace says:

I’ve never had Vindaloo; but I would love to try it sometime. It looks delicious! I love the salad that you served with it too. Thanks for sharing your recipes!

Rosa says:

So tasty! That pork vindaloo must be exquisite.



My husband and I were just talking over the weekend about how much we love pork. Besides seafood it is our favorite thing. This dish looks fantastic with all those yummy flavors! I am so bookmarking this for a wonderful dinner to come! Thanks

sally says:

Great photos! The vindaloo paste sounds fantastic!

gloria says:

Look delicious and I love the pictures!

Kankana!!! I haven’t received any email notifications from you for a while, didn’t know it was a technical issue. The pork dish looks so yummy, and the photos are gorgeous. though I am not sure whether it’s possible to wait and eat the dish a day after it’s been done cooking…

I have never had Vindaloo dish before, but would really like to try it! Your photos are beautiful, they make me want to start cooking (and eating :D) this lovely dish ASAP, Kankana!!!

That’s true, you rarely hear about the use of pork or beef in Indian cooking. I don’t actually eat red meat, but I’d love to try this with chicken!

sarah says:

Wow- this sounds totally fantastic- and your photos make me want to dive right in!

That surely looks mouth-wateringly delicious. I am drooling all over 😀

Manju says:

thanks for that recipe, girl! been looking out for a good vindaloo recipe and in general pork recipes are difficult to find in Indian cuisine!Its like you read my mind! 🙂

tigerfish says:

Indeed. I would think pork/beef is not that “main-stream” in India. I am quite surprised by a pork vindaloo dish.

I haven’t come across many Indian pork dishes. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I love pork an will definitely try it.

My husband is a HUGE fan of vindaloo..its been such a long time I made it! Loved your sauce and the new props 🙂

Deborah says:

I have heard of pork vindaloo, but I’ve never tried it. This makes me want to make it!!

I eat pretty much everything and I like what you have been cooking and sharing on your blog! This pork vindaloo (what a cute name) looks yummy. It’s true – most Indian don’t eat pork…and beef too. The rice mixed with the sauce… I think I won’t be able to stop eating rice. It looks really delicious Kankana!

Madhu says:

Thanks a bunch for the recipe … love it … and will try it out very soon. Let you know how it turns out

Alyssa says:

This looks like a very comforting dish! I love the deep redish brown color, it seems very flavorful.

Jay says:

omg…this is absolutely delicious..:P
Tasty Appetite

Joanne says:

These photos are gorgeous! And this curry looks so richly flavored…delicious!

What a great recipe! I am a pork lover and this looks great. Actually- I think that pork is called the “other white meat”. I love the flavors & variety of ways one can eat pork. Looking forward to trying this recipe! I have had other meat vindaloo and really liked them. Great-looking post!

Ann says:

I’ve had pork vindaloo before….it’s awesome! What a beautiful job! How wonderful that your guy is willing to try new recipes…mine is, too and I love it!

Swathi says:

Pork vindaloo looks spicy and delicious. That salad sounds perfect combo to this spicy curry.

Lovely Kankana!!!!
This is deliciouly Yum yum. I make it with chicken as my kids dont eat red meat much.
Perfect and awesome pictures.

Interesting to read the history of Vindaloo, it’s one of my husband’s favorite dishes, I am sure he would love this.

Joanne says:

“Vindaloo” – it’s just one of those words you enjoy saying. It sounds fun, doesn’t it? 🙂
My hubby would love this dish. Does anyone have a super good vegetarian version they would recommend?

Kankana says:

Oh dear .. vegetarian version of Vindaloo! may be you can try with Paneer or potatoes or Tofu. Not sure dear. Will let you know if I find any 🙂

Lisa H. says:

Gorgeous photos… Kankana 😀

This looks so inviting! More rice please…;-)

I have always loved the sound of the word “vindaloo” Is that reason enough to try making this? Sure. I’ve never eaten it though. Your pictures are lovely!

Vijitha says:

Wow, looks spicy good Kankana. I make chicken vindaloo, the recipe is very similar to yours

Fantastic click though I never cooked this dish but will try with chicken or lamb…

sayantani says:

I wanted to try this recipe for a long long time but as I dont eat meat its difficult to cook only a single portion for hubby. but you tmpted me once agagin with these beautiful clicks.

Suzi says:

I have never had vindaloo but love the spicy flavors would love to try it.
The cumin rice looks delicious too.

Ameena says:

I’ve had lamb vindaloo and chicken vindaloo but you are right…in India I rarely see pork of any kind. Amazing photos my friend!

Divya says:

Beautiful post, Kankana! I think this would be a big hit at my house – my husband loves anything spicy.

I’ve never tried pork vindaloo since I usually cook it with chicken, but it’ll be interesting to try it out. I find spicy flavours always work a little better with red meats!

Juliana says:

Kankana, your pork dish looks delicious…and marinated overnight must really brings the flavor to the maximum…with this dish I am sure that there is no way that one bowl of rice would be enough 🙂
Hope you are having a fantastic week, and thank you for sharing such a tasty dish!

Sissi says:

This dish looks fabulous and you have just made me one of the happiest people in the world. I love pork. I love Indian cuisine, but as you say, I have never seen Indian recipes with pork. Of course I can play with chicken or lamb dishes and substitute the meat with pork but it’s not the same! Thank you for bringing the pork to the Indian cuisine!

Yes, yes, yes please! Love pork vindaloo, but it’s been so long since we’ve found any that’s at all palatable. Thanks so much for this recipe, it will definitely be on the menu very soon. Think we need to join Pork Lovers on Facebook, too!

Miss Kankana, I remember we talked about making vindaloo. Yours looks so super authentic I just love it! Especially the second tolast photo, looks so familiar so I can sigh in relief knowing mine looked similar:). I don’t wat pork but I make this with beef and lamb. You photo are beautiful as ever!

Soma says:

Mmmmmmmm… need to make this with chicken soon! chat pata good.

This is one beautiful and delicious looking curry..very very beautiful, and I would love to dip my warm bread in..:)) Got to make this soon..I don’t eat pork that often, but love it from time to time. Thanks for sharing your mouthwatering photos too!!!

Deepa says:

My hubby used to love this in his hostel days…And if I show him your gorgeous clicks I’m sure he would request me to make this immediately ;-)Wonderful preparation

Hamaree Rasoi

Lovely pictures, Kankana..and would love to try the spice mix with my veggies.

Indrani says:

Pork vindaloo looks perfect,once I made chicken vindaloo..love the spice mix here…I’ve shared few well-deserved awards with you..pl. collect

Tiffany says:

I am totally going to make this for my meat eating buddies! 😀

We are big Vindaloo lovers in my house, though normally we eat lamb Vindaloo. In fact it is one of my hubby’s favorite Indian dish, if not his favorite. He also loves pork so I know he would love your recipe. We went out for Indian a couple of nights ago and he tried Phall for the first time. He’s crazy and was able to finish the whole bowl. Vindaloo is about the spiciest I can handle:) Thanks for sharing your yummy recipe and photos.

Delishhh says:

Huge Vindaloo lover just never mad it at home. But i have it lots when i go to my favorite locate restaurant 🙂 Nice post!

oh what an amazing dish!! the pics are stunning, glad to find this wonderful recipe

Sandra says:

I love a great dish made with pork and this sounds delicious!

Kankana says:

Thank you guys for dropping by .. so glad you liked it 🙂

kankana, I must tast your pork vindaloo one day, since this looks so tasty and rich in colour! I remember tasting pork vindaloo in Goa, the taste still lingers!

Sarah says:

yummm! we love pork too! pork vindaloo which we make is quite different… i’d love to try ur version sometime… tempting clicks!