Pork Vindaloo Recipe

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[Photograph: Prasanna Sankhe]

Note: Don't be alarmed by the amount of oil that will surface once the dish is made. This is necessary as it forms a layer over the pork and preserves it for future eating. Pork Vindaloo is often had over days and preserves well in the fridge because of this. Kashmiri chilies can be found in Indian specialty shops or online. Alternatively, use chiles de arbol.

Recipe Facts



Active: 15 mins
Total: 60 mins
Serves: 2 servings

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  • 15 dried Kashmiri chiles (see note)

  • 2 teaspoons toasted whole cumin seeds

  • 2 teaspoons turmeric

  • 2 (1-inch) pieces of cinnamon

  • 9 whole black peppercorns

  • 7 whole cloves

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 10 garlic flakes (or 2 medium cloves garlic, roughly chopped)

  • 1 inch-piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped

  • 1/2 cup palm vinegar, or 1/3 cup rice vinegar

  • 1/2 pound pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped (about 1 cup)

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 cup water


  1. Combine chilies, cumin, turmeric, 1 piece of cinnamon, 5 peppercorns, 4 cloves, and sugar in a spice grinder. Grind until a fine powder is formed. Transfer spice mixture to food processor or mortar and pestle and add garlic, ginger, and vinegar. Process or pound until a fine paste is formed. Scrape out paste into a small bowl and set aside without washing food processor.

  2. Place pork in a large bowl and season with salt. Add half of spice paste and turn pork to coat. Add onion to food processor and process until a paste is formed.

  3. Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion paste (do not wash food processor bowl), remaining 4 peppercorns, remaining cinnamon stick, and remaining 3 cloves. Cook, stirring constantly, until onion is soft and oil is fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add remaining spice paste and cook, stirring occasionally, until the oil separates and mixture starts to sizzle, about 5 minutes longer.

  4. Add pork and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 10 minutes. Add water to the food processor bowl and swirl to rinse. Pour mixture into pan and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer, cover, and cook until the pork is fork tender, about 1 hour longer. Serve immediately with bread or rice, or for better flavor, cool, store overnight in a sealed container in the refrigerator, and reheat before serving.

Special equipment

Spice grinder, heavy-bottomed lidded saucepan, food processor or mortar and pestle

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
571 Calories
36g Fat
33g Carbs
31g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 571
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 10g 51%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 728mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 8g 30%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 40mg 201%
Calcium 185mg 14%
Iron 7mg 40%
Potassium 1027mg 22%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)