Monday, 15 June 2009

Pork curry

After the not-very-successful pulled pork wraps, we had a large bowl of leftover pork and no particular inclination to do more wraps.

So Paul curried it.

Leftover Pork Curry

In a big enamelled cast iron dutch oven, he put the pork & some water and started to simmer it. In a small pan, he heated quite a lot of vegetable oil and fried some cloves (8 or 9), some cardamom pods (6 or 7) and about 5 whole star anise and a diced onion. After about 5 minutes, when there is a bit of aroma off the hard dried spices, he added a level teaspoon of cumin seeds (the whole seeds add a nice nutty texture as well as flavour) and a few dried kaffir lime leaves. The last thing to add to the oil is 1tsp turmeric, because it burns quite quickly.

In with the meat he added 3 tsp paprika, another 1 tsp turmeric and 1tsp garam masala and about 1tsp diced garlic and 1tsp diced ginger. Then he added the fried spice mixture, some diced chilli. We let it simmer for a while (not as long as normal because the meat was already cooked and tender) then added some salt to taste and a bag of baby spinach leaves. Stirred some cooked rice through it and there it was. Infinitely tastier than the original dish.

11 comments:

HH said...

Good work Paul! Sounds delicious and spicy! yum!

kat said...

great save!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Foodycat, the left over pork sounds very tasty. I like the idea of using curry. I'll have to try that sometime. Thanks

Foodycat said...

HH - yeah, he is good on a curry!

Kat - thanks!

Teresa - pork makes a really good curry, if you have leftovers.

Sam said...

I don't know why but I've never considered using pork in a curry, looks like I'm missing out!

Laurie said...

The pork curry looks pretty awesome. As for making pulled pork - Theresa is right, a crockpot is an economical easy way to go. I've also slow cooked it for 3 hours in the oven at 300 degrees in a covered black enamel roasting pan. For some reason everything (turkey, chicken, pork) roasts faster in that pan, maybe because it's black?

Foodycat said...

Sam - pork vindaloo is lovely too!

Laurie - I really like the sound of that black pan!

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

Glad to hear you could make something nice out of the disappointing initial pork meal. This looks delicious, nice tip about the tumeric too :) burnt spices aren't nice...

Natashya said...

Mmm, curry is the ultimate comfort food. Looks delish!

Foodycat said...

Laura - the turmeric thing was a new one on me, I have to say! I don't make curries the same way he does.

Natashya - comforting is just the right word! It was lovely.

Debinhawaii said...

What a way to use up the leftovers in a way you like--it looks delicious!

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