Pork Vindaloo

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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.

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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 😉

Pork Vindaloo 2

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.

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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!

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

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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


  1. In a pan, dry roast kashmir chili, cumin seed, whole pepper, cardamom seeds and coriander seeds separately for about 2 minutes.
  2. Once done, let them cool and then, grind them to a fine dust.
  3. Add lemon juice, garlic, ginger and salt to them and mix it properly.
  4. Rub the spice mix on the pork and let it marinate for 8 hrs minimum or overnight.
  5. In a deep pan, heat some oil and fry the pork pieces individually. Retain the juice from marination as it will be used later.
  6. Once fried, keep the pork pieces aside.
  7. In the same pan, add the cinnamon stick and onion and cook until the onion is translucent.
  8. Add tomato and cook for another couple of minutes.
  9. Pour the cooked onion and tomato into a food processor and blend it to a course paste.
  10. Pour it back to the pan and add the fried pork. Also, add the remaining juice from the marinade.
  11. Cook for few more minutes and add 1 cup water.
  12. Cover the pan and let it simmer in low heat for about 30 minutes.
  13. The water should be  reduced and the pork should be almost cooked.
  14. 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.
  15. Check for salt and add if required.
  16. 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
    September 18, 2011 at 11:42 PM

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

  • Manu
    September 18, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    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!

  • Baker Street
    Baker Street
    September 19, 2011 at 12:11 AM

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

  • Tes
    September 19, 2011 at 1:59 AM

    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
    September 19, 2011 at 2:43 AM

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

  • Kala
    September 19, 2011 at 3:38 AM

    It looks delicious and beautiful to eat!

  • Shinta
    September 19, 2011 at 4:01 AM

    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
    September 19, 2011 at 5:03 AM

    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
    September 19, 2011 at 5:09 AM

    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
    September 19, 2011 at 5:34 AM

    So tasty! That pork vindaloo must be exquisite.



  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    September 19, 2011 at 6:31 AM

    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
    September 19, 2011 at 6:34 AM

    Great photos! The vindaloo paste sounds fantastic!

  • gloria
    September 19, 2011 at 7:10 AM

    Look delicious and I love the pictures!

  • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals
    Jeno @ Week Nite Meals
    September 19, 2011 at 7:26 AM

    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…

  • tanja@tanjascookingcorner
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    September 19, 2011 at 7:58 AM

    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!!!

  • lisaiscooking
    September 19, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    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
    September 19, 2011 at 10:59 AM

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

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    September 19, 2011 at 12:15 PM

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

  • Manju
    September 19, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    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
    September 19, 2011 at 1:47 PM

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

  • Ellie | Gourmand Recipes
    Ellie | Gourmand Recipes
    September 19, 2011 at 4:48 PM

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

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy
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    September 19, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    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
    September 19, 2011 at 10:43 PM

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

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    September 19, 2011 at 11:42 PM

    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
    September 20, 2011 at 2:11 AM

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

  • Alyssa
    September 20, 2011 at 3:52 AM

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

  • Jay
    September 20, 2011 at 4:05 AM

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

  • Joanne
    September 20, 2011 at 4:13 AM

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

  • Sarah@ Homestyle Cooking Around The World
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    September 20, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    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
    September 20, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    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
    September 20, 2011 at 12:37 PM

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

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Reem | Simply Reem
    September 20, 2011 at 1:18 PM

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

  • Kalie
    September 20, 2011 at 1:39 PM


  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    September 20, 2011 at 3:41 PM

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

  • Joanne
    September 20, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    “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 Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      September 20, 2011 at 4:50 PM

      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.
    Lisa H.
    September 20, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    Gorgeous photos… Kankana 😀

  • Angie@Angiesrecipes
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    September 20, 2011 at 9:13 PM

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

  • Barefeet In The Kitchen
    Barefeet In The Kitchen
    September 20, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    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
    September 20, 2011 at 9:59 PM

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

  • Treat and Trick
    Treat and Trick
    September 20, 2011 at 10:49 PM

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

  • sayantani
    September 20, 2011 at 11:42 PM

    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
    September 21, 2011 at 6:19 AM

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

  • Ameena
    September 21, 2011 at 8:48 AM

    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
    September 21, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    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
    September 21, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    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
    September 21, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    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!

  • Cheryl and Adam @pictureperfectmeals.com
    Cheryl and Adam @pictureperfectmeals.com
    September 21, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    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!

  • foodwanderings
    September 21, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    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
    September 21, 2011 at 3:35 PM

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

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking
    Sandra's Easy Cooking
    September 21, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    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
    September 21, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    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

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Sanjeeta kk
    September 21, 2011 at 11:09 PM

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

  • Indrani
    September 22, 2011 at 12:47 AM

    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
    September 22, 2011 at 5:27 AM

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

  • SpicieFoodie
    September 22, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    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
    September 22, 2011 at 2:46 PM

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

  • vianney/sweet life
    vianney/sweet life
    September 22, 2011 at 6:05 PM

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

  • Sandra
    September 22, 2011 at 6:24 PM

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

  • Kankana Saxena
    Kankana Saxena
    September 22, 2011 at 9:00 PM

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

  • Purabi Naha
    Purabi Naha
    September 25, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    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
    September 26, 2011 at 12:43 AM

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

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