April 2, 2012

Coorgi Pandhi Curry

Finally i am posting the recipe i promised for this delicious Kodava Pork curry. This is one of our favourite pork dishes and it is always loved by my guests. The credit of this recipe goes to my Coorgi friend whose family has been cooking it for generations. In Coorg, its had with rice based dishes such as Kadambuttu (Rice Dumplings) and Akki Roti ( Rice Roti ). I served it with Mushroom Pulav and had it again next morning with Idiyappam (String Hoppers) .Am sure you will enjoy making this flavorsome Pork Curry of Coorg, just like i do.

You will need :
Pork cubes - 1 Kg
Chilli Powder - 1 Tbsp
Turmeric - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Big Onions - 2
Garlic Cloves - 10 to 12
Green Chillies - 4
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin Powder - 2 Tbsp
Kachampuli - 2 drops ( Refer Notes )
Salt to Taste

Step 1
Marinate the pork with Chilli powder, turmeric and salt for about an hour.

Step 2
Blend together onions, green chillies, garlic cloves and half of the cumin seeds to a smooth paste.

Step 3
In a deep pan, add the marinated pork and cook till excess water dries up. You dont need to add extra oil to pork.

Step 4
Add the ground masala and cook till done with very little water.

Step 5
While the pork is cooking, dry roast rest of the cumin seeds, mustard seeds and cumin powder till almost black but not burnt.

Step 6
Once the pork is cooked, add the roasted cumin powder mixture and cook for another 5 minutes.

Step 7
Add the Kachampuli and serve hot.

Kachampuli is a black coloured vinegar made from a wild fruit called Kachampuli. Since its not readily available everywhere, best substitute would be regular white vinegar. Kachampuli is very typical of Coorgi cuisine and adds a unique flavour to the pork. A small drop is very powerful so add with caution.

1 comment:

  1. In India, Kachampuli can now be ordered online through www.coorgshoppe.com. They also have the pork masala powder!