Posted on | January 16, 2008 | 43 Comments |
I know, I made this big announcement about eating healthier this year… Well, we are still sticking to it for the most part, especially during the weekdays. But over the last weekend, I slipped… I was in Uwajimaya (our local Asian grocery store), and I was looking for some lean chicken, when I saw this packet of pork belly sitting there. If you are familiar with different cuts of pork, you will know that most cuts you get here are the lean variety, with all the fat trimmed off. But the belly has a nice layer of fat on it, and it is the most delicious cut of pork. It is also the closest in taste to the pork meat we get back home in Kerala. My mom seldom cooked pork at home, but I used to have it from different relatives’ places, hence it used to be a big delicacy!
Well, anyway as I was saying, seeing the pork belly in the store, I got this unbelievable cravings for fat. I do think that it is okay to succumb to temptations once in a while, otherwise we will never be able to stick to any diet. So I got a packet of the belly pork and another packet of lean pork, mixed those two and made a very authentic Kerala preparation called Panni Ularthiyathu meaning Sautéed Pork. We had just salads for the next two days to compensate though…
- 1.5 lb pork cut into small cubes (use ½ pork belly and ½ lean cut pork if you want to reduce the fat content)
- 1 cup thinly sliced onions
- 2 tbsp thin ginger slices
- 2 tbsp thin garlic slices
- ½ cup tomato pieces
- 3 green chilies slit
- 1 tbsp red chili powder
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder
- Salt to taste
- masala powder (grind the following)
- 4 cardamom pods
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 6 cloves
- ½ tsp black peppercorns
- 1 tsp coriander seeds
Mix the pork with the onions, ginger, garlic, green chilies, tomatoes, chili, turmeric and masala powders and salt, and cook in a pressure cooker for about 6 minutes after the first whistle.
When the cooker is cool enough to handle, open the cooker. There will be some gravy formed during the pressure cooking, this gravy is full of fat, and can be used for the next step.
Heat a large frying pan, and pour about 3-4 tbsp of the liquid from the pressure cooker. Heat on high, till most of the water is evaporated and just some melted fat remain in the pan.
Add the shallots, coconut pieces and curry leaves to the pan, and sauté till the shallots and the coconut pieces start to brown. Pour the contents of the pressure cooker, along with the gravy into the pan. Mix well and cook till all the liquid is evaporated.
Have it hot with rice and a light gravy like daal or moru curry or plain yogurt.