Goa Pork Stew
50 Min

Goa Pork Stew

Six years after a sea route was discovered between India and Portugal, India became a part of the Portuguese Overseas Empire. The capital of that Indian empire was the tiny coastal jewel state of Goa, which the Portuguese ruled until 1961. Goan Catholic cuisine has a distinct Portuguese flavor because of the addition of chiles, which the Portuguese introduced to India.
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Cook Time

50 Minutes



Step 1
Trim and marinate the pork in garlic, papaya, turmeric, mustard oil, and salt and refrigerate for 3 hours to overnight.
Step 2
Purée together all masala ingredients in blender until smooth.
Step 3
In a large stockpot, heat the coconut oil and pop the coriander, ajwain, and black mustard seeds. Immediately add the cracked black pepper, cardamom, and cloves.
Step 4
Add the marinated pork. Fry the pork for 4 to 5 minutes on medium heat then add salt and the puréed masala.
Step 5
Continue cooking on medium to low heat for another 5 to 7 minutes. Lower the heat, cover the stockpot and simmer the curry for 15 to 20 minutes. Add 1 to 2 cups of chicken stock or water.
Step 6
Add the potato and carrots. Continue cooking covered at low heat for another 15 to 20 minutes. The meat should be tender and the vegetables should be soft. Let the curry rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

1 1/2 pound boneless pork leg or shoulder pieces 

1 tablespoon minced garlic 

2 tablespoons grated papaya (optional)

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

2 tablespoons mustard oil

2 teaspoons sea salt

4 tablespoons coconut oil 

1 teaspoon whole coriander

1/2 teaspoon ajwain

1 teaspoon black mustard seeds

2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns, crushed

1 teaspoon cracked cardamom seeds

1 teaspoon cracked cloves

1 to 2 cups chicken stock or water

2 cups carrots, cut into 1-inch rounds

2 cups cubed potatoes, cut into 1-inch rounds

Masala to purée together:

3 whole dried red chile

1/2 cup caramelized onions 

1-inch piece of ginger

1 cup coconut milk

Notes & Variations

  • Serve with basmati rice or a roti.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs like cilantro.
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