Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Pork Curry with Potatoes

Do you have one of those days that when you buy a certain ingredient with something in mind, and totally use it for something else at the spur of the moment?  It always happens to me. This is one of those times.  I bought a piece of pork belly for a Chinese dish from the morning market.  That very same afternoon, the urge for curry and potatoes with steaming hot white rice is just too strong to resist! So that's how that piece of pork belly which was intended for a Chinese stew dish ended up in a curry dish! 

This is a simple curry dish that I have always cooked in my home.  It is tasty and really good eaten with plain white rice. The gravy is slightly thick, if you like a thinner gravy, just add a little more water. I love lots of potatoes in the curry, when the taste of the curry goes into the potatoes after the braising, they are really yummy!

I'm sharing with these lovely blogs :

Pork Curry with Potatoes
600gm pork belly (cut to bite-sized cubes)
4 medium potatoes (peeled and cut to cubes)

To marinate pork :
5 tbsp meat curry powder
1/2 tsp tumeric powder
1 tsp chili powder (optional)
1 sprig curry leaves
1-1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup water

 3-4 tbsp oil
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 pc 3" cinnamon stick
5 green cardamon pods
2 star anise
4 cloves
1 medium onion (chopped)
1 medium tomato (chopped)
salt to taste
some water

Method :

  1. Marinate pork with curry powder, tumeric powder, chili powder, curry leaves, salt and water, mix until pork is coated with spices, keep covered and keep aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat oil. Saute ginger garlic paste over low heat until fragrant. Add in cinnamon stick, cardamon pods, star anise and cloves, stir until fragrant. 
  3. Add in marinated pork and stir for about 5 minutes, constantly stirring over medium heat, add some oil if appears dry. Add in chopped tomatoes, onions and salt, stir for a further 2 minutes. Add about 1/2 cup water, stir to combine, cover and simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid burning. Curry may dry out, add about 1/4 cup warm water each time it appears dry. 
  4. Simmer until pork is tender, taste and add salt if necessary. Add in potatoes, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally and add a little water each time it appears dry. Simmer for a further 10-15 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Dish out and enjoy!


  1. I quite often buy an ingredient with one dish in mind and then end up using it in something else - usually something that sounded better, lol! I LOVE curry and would just devour this. I need to make curry dishes more often. Thank you so much for sharing with Cookbook Sundays! I hope you're having a great week!

  2. I am still learning about curries, this looks so good.

  3. H do love curries...looks fantastic :)
    Yes that happens to me all the time, I am constantly changing or adding something, lol

  4. I think that using ingredients in the spur of the moment shows that you are a confident cook! This curry looks fabulous. Your pork belly was put to good use after all!

  5. Yummy curry,will try with chicken..

  6. The curry looks fanfreakingtastic! I want some with rice for my dinner later!

  7. This sounds delicious. I have a pork belly in the freezer and this would be a great way to use it. I also wanted to congratulate on your first blog anniversary. It is a milestone and I hope you share your food and recipes with us for years to come. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  8. looks delicious as always...and happy new year and happy anniversary!

  9. I would love to try this! I have had 'wild pig curry' before but don't recall if it's pork belly. Do cook your other stew pork belly dish one day and share it with us too.

  10. I absolutely have to try your recipe, now I have saved it!

    Happy new year!

  11. I'm always afraid of making curry from scratch...Yours is so good, got to brave to cook curry :D

  12. I was so excited to see you here today. Your Pork Curry with Potatoes is awesome. I think I will have seconds...Thank you so much for coming to Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  13. Hi Brenda,
    It's nice linking up to Cookbook Sunday!

    Hi Melynda,
    Thank you! Hope that you will try it someday.

    Hi Alisha,
    Thank you for stopping by.

    Hi Brittany,
    Thank you for your sweet words!

    Hi Priya,
    Thank you!

    Hi Angie,
    Thank you! Wish I could pass a bowl over to you!

    Hi Mary,
    Thank you for your lovely wishes. I hope that you will try this dish someday! And will definitely keep on blogging for years to come. Thank you!

    Hi mr. pineapple man,
    Thank you and Happy New Year to you too.

    Hi KY,
    I love wild boar in curries, absolutely yummy, but it is not always available here. Hope you try this out one day, and let me know when you do.

    Hi Barbara,
    Hope you enjoy trying this out! Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!

    Hi Zoe,
    Cooking curry can be very daunting. It is not very difficult actually, once you have cooked this the first time, you would not think twice of cooking curry again! Have fun.

    Hi Miz Helen,
    Thank you for hosting Full Plate Thursday, it is a pleasure to be part of it. Have a lovely day!

  14. love curries all the you, i must also put in more potatoes.

  15. Love curry and this one sounds extra yum :)


  16. This one makes me really hungry. :D
    Bookmarked it.

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  17. Love this! Would like to invite you over to Fat Camp Friday @ Mangoes and Chutney. The linky is up all weekend and one blogger from the linky party is featured every Wednesday.

  18. This Dish Looks SOOO comforting!!
    Id love for you to come link it up to my Seasonal Sunday Event! It will fit in lovely with the theme :)

  19. Hi Joy,
    Your Pork Curry with Potatoes is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week Jan. 13,2011. Thank you for bringing it over and you can come by and pick up your red plate.

  20. Hi Joyce,
    I made this last week and it was good, even my husband who doesn't like pork much said it was good. However, I didn't really like the flavour of my curry powder, I used Waugh Curry Powder. Since this dish depends a lot on the curry powder for the flavour, I will have to use better stuff like maybe A1. What do you use? Will have to stock up when I go back next month. :)

  21. Hi Joy,
    You brought this awesome dish to my very first Full Plate Thursday and it still looks awesome. I am marking Five Years of Full Plate Thursday this week and wanted to stop by and Thank You for your support through the years!
    Miz Helen