Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Indian Pork with Lime Pickles


{Updated from the archives with New! Improved! photos for your viewing & cooking pleasure}

Hands up who *doesn't* like Indian food? Yup, just as I thought, I have to squint to see those few and far between hands. Indulging in some buttery naan, crisp poppadums, spicy atchars and creamy curries is my idea of a pretty perfect evening. Add good company in the form of TheHusband (or perhaps some Big Bang Theory) and you're set. Of course in the summer months one doesn't necessarily feel like whipping up a heavy or creamy curry. Or eating it for that matter. 

Which is why this delightful recipe immediately caught my eye. It appealed to my craving for Indian flavours, but, even better, it appealed to my need to prepare a meal in less than half an hour. And, after all, that's the holy grail, isn't it? 

Indian Pork with Pickling Spices is unusual both in that it uses pork (not an oft-used ingredient in Indian cuisine) and also in the speed with which it comes together. It's basically an Indian-style stirfry with some pickles and chutney thrown in for good measure. There. How's that for demystifying home cooking? 

PS: If you haven't tried it before, and you can get your hands on a bottle  of Indian lime pickles (I use Patak's brand), please do yourself a favour and and give it a whiff. That alone will convince you of the wonders that lie inside that bottle. Although I have to warn you, you might be tempted to dive into the bottle with a spoon. I encourage you to practise restraint. At least when there's people around. 

Rather take the sensible route and keep the bottle in the fridge for making multiple batches of this pork. Because I can guarantee you that one serving won't be enough to satisfy your citrus-addicted tastebuds. 

Indian Pork with Lime Pickles
Adapted from Indian Cooking for Family and Friends
Serves 4

Meena suggests serving this with basmati rice and lentils, but I prefer the somewhat sticky texture of jasmine rice for this particular recipe. I usually saute some babymarrows or broccoli to serve alongside the pork.

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp ground ginger
600g pork neck steak, cubed
2 tablespoons hot lime pickle
2 tablespoons mango chutney 

salt, to taste

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over high heat and add the garlic and ginger. Fry for a few seconds, then add pork and cook for another 3 - 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Lower heat and cook for another 5 minutes.

2. Add lime pickle and chutney, cover with lid and allow to cook for 5 minutes to infuse the flavours.


If you are unable to find lime pickle in your local grocery store or Asian supermarket, About.com has a great recipe that you can try out.

13 comments:

aonbelay on July 30, 2009 5:47 pm said...

Wow that sounds so good! I think I might give it a try, but first I'll have to see if I can find everything locally and convert all the measurements LOL.... ~aonbelay from California

The Woman on July 31, 2009 8:43 am said...

It really is good! Quite unlike your typical Indian food, much more refreshing. That said though, I'm still a big fan of the typical Indian food... ;-)

Eliana on November 10, 2010 3:36 am said...

Hmmm - this dish looks absolutely perfect. I'm in love with all the different flavors here.

Nina said...

You are fast becoming a foodie of the world!!! I love it!!

Janice said...

What a beautiful recipe - I am the one jumping up and down in the front waving both hands - i just love all Asian curries - and lime pickles are my all time favourite of all of the pickles - the tartness cuts right through the middle of all those wonderful spices. I love your pics as always, have an awesome day angel xxxxxxxxxxxxx jan

Diva on November 10, 2010 12:01 pm said...

I don't eat much Indian food but what I've tried I've loved!!! SO VERY MUCH. Indian food is so hearty. This looks it too. I'm intrigued by the lime pickles. Ok, outta here. I'm too hungry for this. LOVE x

Linda on November 10, 2010 1:54 pm said...

Yummy yummy yummy! Broccoli is a winner...this pork looks delicious!

foodies at home on November 10, 2010 6:25 pm said...

I have never even heard of lime pickles but I might have to go on a hunt after reading your recipe!

Jenna on November 10, 2010 8:23 pm said...

This looks easy to make, and fantastic. Great pictures, by the way! Indian food is one of my absolute favorite cuisines (along with Thai) but I don't make it often enough.

Tessa Gerber said...

Just saw your recipe in my inbox and the LIME caught my eye. When I continued reading I had a good chuckle to myself when you mentioned Pataks Lime Pickle its my absolute favorite. I have tried many other but always come back to Pataks, now if only I can find the top-secret recipe. Be warned you will be eating it out of the jar - Hurray, Pick 'n Pay stock it !!! It is truely happiness in a bottle :-)

LimeCake on November 10, 2010 11:23 pm said...

Hmm Indian lime pickles? I've never had them before. This looks delicious!

Cindy on November 11, 2010 6:56 am said...

Righty ho, now I know what's for supper tonight!

Steph on November 11, 2010 7:46 am said...

food porn 101 lol I love the set up, great pictures! so simple, quick recipe and I love it:|)

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