Pork vindaloo is a popular Goan curry that’s tangy, spicy and really flavorful! It’s also very easy to make in an instant pot!
Instant pot vindaloo is a spicy and saucy pork curry that’s full of flavor. It’s a bit tangy thanks to the vinegar in the dish and it’s also known to be spicy (though you can of course adjust to taste).
What is Vindaloo?
The short answer: vindaloo is known as an Indian dish, but it is actually of Portuguese origin. The dish was brought to India by Portuguese explorers where the recipe was adapted using local ingredients and spices.
A slightly more detailed answer: when the Portuguese came to India during the 15th century, they colonized Goa (and up until the 1960s, Goa was actually still a Portuguese colony…). When the Portuguese arrived, they brought a dish with them called carne vinha d’alhos which translates to pork cooked in garlic and wine. That dish was doctored up with Indian/Goan spices/ingredients and the name was shortened to vindaloo.
This past summer, we took a family trip to Portugal and the food there was very, very mild. While I didn’t get to try the original carne vinha d’alhos (pork with garlic and wine), I have to assume that it’s also a very mild dish. I can’t imagine the Portuguese version and the Goan version have anything in common outside of the pork, garlic and vinegar… The vindaloo that I’m familiar with is made with plenty of Indian spices and has quite a bit of heat to it.
The vindaloo you’ll find in restaurants is typically SUPER spicy. My recipe is somewhat spicy (according to me, anyway) but easy to adjust to taste. If you’re a spicy food lover then you can make it as spicy as you’d like by adding more cayenne – or topping your bowl with green chilies.
Are there Potatoes in Vindaloo?
Some people think that vindaloo should have potatoes in it – because vindaloo contains the word ‘aloo.’ In Hindi, aloo means potatoes. The fact that ‘aloo’ is in the name is just a coincidence. This dish is all meat – no taters in here.
That said, I do have an easy recipe for instant pot ground pork vindaloo with potatoes on my blog. The only reason I added potatoes to that recipe is to help stretch out the meal and also cut some of the heat. It’s a nice curry but if you want authentic Indian pork vindaloo, then this is the recipe to try:
This spicy curry calls for vinegar, which adds a tangy flavor to the stew. For extra tang, feel free to add a bit of tamarind paste!
For the meat, I suggest using pork shoulder in this recipe because it results in tender and juicy meat!
Serve this pork vindaloo with any Indian flatbread or with some basmati rice.Print
Vindaloo is known as a popular Goan curry, but it is actually of Portuguese origin. The dish was brought to India by explorers where the recipe was adapted using local ingredients and spices. This spicy curry calls for vinegar, which adds a tangy flavor to the stew. I recommend using pork shoulder in this recipe because it results in tender and juicy meat.
- 4 tablespoons oil of choice
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- ½ teaspoon black mustard seeds
- 2 onions, diced
- 1 Serrano pepper or green chili, minced
- 2 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 1.5 inch cubes
- 3 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 4 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ – ½ teaspoon cayenne, adjust to taste
- 4 tablespoons white vinegar
- ¾ cup water
- Cilantro, garnish
- Press the sauté button, add oil and allow it a minute to heat up. Add the cumin and mustard seeds. Once the cumin seeds brown and the mustard seeds begin to pop, add the onions and Serrano pepper. Stir-fry for 8-10 minutes, or until the onions begin to brown.
- Add the pork, garlic and ginger. Stir for 3-4 minutes to brown the meat on all sides.
- Add the spices, give everything a good mix, then add the vinegar and water.
- Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 25 minutes at high pressure.
- Naturally release pressure.
- Open lid, press the sauté button and cook for 8-10 minutes to boil off some of the liquid and reduce the gravy to a stew like consistency.
- Garnish with cilantro and serve.
- For extra tang, feel free to add a bit of tamarind paste to this recipe if you’d like!