Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Stir fried rice noodles and Pork Vindaloo

I was not that big of a pork fan till I somehow ended up making a pork fry once. The meat was so tender and it tasted so damn good, I made it again and again....but just that one preparation and that too with pork shoulders and none of that immensely greasy pork fat which I despise, and Ro loves. Its the same case with my mom as well. She makes yummy pork curries and stir fries, but has only the gravy. So the other day we were casually talking and then she suddenly blurt out that she'd made this amazing Pork Vindaloo and it was so good even SHE ate it. That was a revelation and so I decided to give it a go as well. I took down her recipe but got side tracked and came up with a more complicated recipe but the outcome was simply marvellous. 
The stir fried rice noodles also kinda happened by fluke. I have this bad habit of grabbing things at the supermarket and piling it up in my cart with the intention of making something with it, but the moment I get home I forget and end up throwing it out once other life starts growing on it. Yes these noodles were once part of that scenario, but this time Id done proper research on what to do with it and so it didn't get chucked. They came already cooked in these small packets (one of the reasons I picked it up in the first place) and all you need to do is stir fry it with whatever veggie or meat you want for 2 minutes and you're good to go. I decided to do a South Indian version (upma as its called). But once I tasted it, I wasn't too impressed. Its alright, not out of this world. So that's not really gonna make its way back into my kitchen that often, but the pork vindaloo..definitely a YES and strangely the combo was a good one.

Stir fried rice noodles (rice noodle upma)
(loosely adapted from here)
Rice noodles- 300 gms (cooked as per instructions)
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves- 1 sprig
Dry red chillies- 3
Urud/ chana dal- 1 tsp
Onion- 1 small, chopped into tiny pieces
Green chillies- 3, slit lengthwise
Ginger- 1/2 inch piece, thinly sliced
Frozen green peas- 1/4 cup
Oil- 1/2 tbsp

In a wok heat the oil and splutter mustard seeds.
Add the curry leaves, dal and dry red chillies and sauté for 5 seconds.
Add the onions, green chillies and ginger to this and saute on medium heat till the onions turn a little brown. Not too much though.
To this add the frozen green peas, salt and cooked rice noodles and on medium- high heat stir fry for a few minutes, making sure the masala is evenly coated.
Take it off the heat and serve hot with any curry of your choice.
Notes: You can add any veggie of your choice..carrots, beans etc.
I cut the long cooked strips of noodles randomly so i got smaller easier to handle strips before throwing it into the wok.

Pork Vindaloo
(a mix of Anjum Anand's recipe and Yummy o yummy's recipe)
Diced pork shoulder or any cut you please- 450 gms
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Salt- to taste

To grind:
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tbsp
Cinnamon sticks- 1/2 inch piece
Cloves- 2
Cardamom seeds- from 3 cardamom pods. Lightly crush them and take off the seeds
Dry red chillies- 4
Whole black peppercorns- 1/2 tsp
Black mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds- 1/2 tsp (I only had fenugreek powder so used about a 1/4 tsp)

Onion- 1 large, roughly chopped
Ginger paste- 1 tbsp
Garlic paste- 1 tbsp
Coriander powder- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
White wine vinegar- 2 tbsp
Brown sugar- 1/4 tsp
Oil- 1 tbsp
Marinate the cleaned pork cubes with pepper powder and enough salt. Keep aside.
Grind together all the ingredients under the 'to grind' section. Mix the white wine vinegar and brown sugar to the ground spices. Keep aside.
In a pressure cooker, heat the oil and sauté the onions on medium heat till they become slightly brown. About 10 to 15 minutes.
Remove with a slotted spoon and keep aside to cool slightly.
Once cooled, combine it with the spice-vinegar mix and blend to a smooth paste like consistency.
In the same pressure cooker, add some more oil if required and sauté the ginger and garlic paste till the raw smell goes.
Add the coriander powder and turmeric powder and stir for a further 2 minutes.
Finally add the ground spice-onion mix and sauté on medium heat till the oil starts separating.
Throw in the diced pork, salt and give a generous stir, making sure the masala coats all the pork cubes well.
Add about 2/3rds of a cup of water, give one more stir and close with the lid.
Once the steam appears, place the weight and cook for 3 to 4 whistles.
Wait till the steam releases on its own and then open the lid. Do a taste check, add salt if required.
There will still be some liquid left. Either leave as it is or if you want it dry, transfer the same to a frying pan and fry till you get the required consistency.
I paired it with the rice noodles and so I preferred some gravy.
Notes: You can make the same with beef, lamb or even chicken.
The curry was extremely spicy and I think the next time I'll reduce the red chillies to 2.
Its one of those curries that taste extremely good the next day.


Satrupa said...

Awesome Clicks ...... I am sure everything tasted darn good !

Asha said...

I have to try that Vindaloo... Looks so yummy...

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Nice combo dear! I love Pork too..I am surprised that a woman like myself, who was a Veggie most part of my life, could bring myself to eat anything and everything. Especially pork..but they taste good. I think that's why! Lol! The Vindaloo is truly mouth watering.

And I love the footed bowl. I have the same one that I recently got from csnstores.

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

i love this already...everything sounds amaizing!

Sharmilee! :) said...

Luv ur version of rice noodles..looks so gud

Anonymous said...

I have never eaten pork in an indian preparation..infact not eaten it ever..except for bacon or sausage 1-2 times..but that vindaloo is making me drool

GB said...

The vindaloo looks awesome---and I'm sure it tastes even better the next day.........


Kairali sisters said...

I dont eat pork and have heard from all my pork eating friends that its one of the tastiest meat ever...About the stir fry noodles , i love it Nisha...

Akila said...

wow both of them looks so delicious.....

Anh said...

I don't take pork, but always look for good vindaloo recipe! :)

Sanjeeta kk said...

Love the delicate rice noodles out there, Nisha. Nice clicks.

Nitha said...

Lovely clicks... yummy too... Love the vindaloo...

Yummy Team said...

Thanks for trying it out, Nisha..Will try out that rice upma soon..Superb clicks! Both the dishes look super-yum..

archana said...

I am always looking for the perfect vindaloo recipe, will be trying out yours very soon. As usual, nice pics.

Roshan said...

the vindaloo looks very yummy...i am a fan of this dish!!

Priya said...

Very inviting rice noodles upma, tempting vindaloo...

Sanchita Karmakar said...

Me too. I have similar habit of picking up things from the supermarket, and now its like I don't even know what is there in my fridge.

Anyway, I love rice noodles and like the way you cooked it, bit different from how I do it.

Pavithra Srihari said...

I love it though not a fan of pork it looks so mouthwatering , probably i shud try the recipe with chicken am sure it tasets darn good

Pavithra said...

wow they looks so so yummy and I think i can adopt the recipe using mushrooms..as i am veggie person. But still i am drooling yummy!!!

Sarah Naveen said...

wow!! wow!! adipoli!!!
looks yummy yumm!!!ippo venam..

aipi said...

Beautiful photos..looks like an amazing meal..loved your rice noodles recipe!

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Biny Anoop said...

Both the dishes looking great...wud love to come over to share.

Suja Sugathan said...

Love your version...looks awesome.

Ananda Rajashekar said...

cooked rice noodle upma looks mazing love the whiteness its just wow and regarding pork for long time i wanted to try eating pork few weeks before i had it at my friends place, confident enough she cooks well...now i feel it isn't bad, will try to cook one day by myself :)

Divya Vikram said...

Lovely combo!

Monet said...

I don't make pork very often, but your dishes look so amazing that I may have to change that habit. Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday night!

Torviewtoronto said...

rice noodles looks yummy

Pushpa said...

I don't have pork but looks delicious,I made something with rice noodles too.Beautiful clicks as usual.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Love the way you have prepared rice noodles....Looks tempting...

Hamaree Rasoi

Nostalgia said...

Looks great! Very interesting combination indeed!

arthi said...

looks interesting..nice clicks..