Suar Palak Ka Gosht – Pork and Spinach Curry

December 13, 2007

Ever lose your cool over a bag of something spicy?

I’m talking about those little bags of whole and powdered masalas that add up to the wonder that is Indian cuisine.

Just when I think I couldn’t possibly buy another new spice, a recipe stumps me with the need for yet another obscure one. Like methi (fenugreek) seeds. Or anardana (pomegranate) seeds.

I proceed to dry roast and grind half a teaspoon. Knowing full well that the remaining 225 gm will languish in the kitchen cupboard.

The only moment I spare it a thought, or a curse, is when I swing open the cupboard door in a rush and the darned bag loses its balance and its contents spill all over me and the kitchen floor.

By the time I find another recipe that needs the wretched spice, it is so anemic that I might as well not bother.

Of course, this can only be worse if you live in a place where Indian spices are hard to come by and fairly anemic to begin with!

All hail the minimalist recipes. The ones that require no fancy ingredients and can be cooked when over-sized bags of fancy Indian spices are running in short supply.

This one is a real trooper – gosht aur palak, or pork with spinach.

A hearty, winter warmer, it is a one pot stew using a few staple masalas only. Give everything a good stir and pressure cook if you can for added speed.

A spicy treat that gaurantees a chilled out evening.



Feeds 2:

  • 400 gm pork fillet, cubed
  • 200 gm spinach (I used defrosted frozen sort)
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped fine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 fat cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp whole cumin
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 tbsp butter



In a pressure cooker bas, bring the oil to heat over a high flame. When it is hot add, in order, the bay leaves, cumin, onion and garlic.

Fry for five minutes until the whole lot starts going caramel brown. Then add the tomato, chilli and turmeric powders and fry for two minutes until the tomato disintegrates.

Stir in the pork pieces and brown for a few minutes until it is white and sealed on all sides. Then add the spinach, the ginger, garam masala, half a pint of hot water and pressure cook for 20 minutes after the first whistle.

To finish, stir in salt and the butter. Sprinkle with fresh coriander and serve with a fancy pulao. I made Asha’s coconut rice. Recipe to follow.

If you don’t want to use a pressure cooker, use a large pan, lower the heat when the spinach has gone in and cook on a medium heat for at least an hour until the pork is super tender.

PS = As this is a totally non-fuss, grinder -free way to get thick gravy I am sending it to Sra‘s Grindless Gravies event.



9 Responses to “Suar Palak Ka Gosht – Pork and Spinach Curry”

  1. Shari Says:

    December 13th, 2007 at 9:31 pm

    This looks like a winner even with my limited options (thanks for the link!).

    I’ll be looking forward to giving it a try! Thanks for all your continued efforts and the wonderful recipes!

  2. Srivalli Says:

    December 13th, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    Millika…this is a nice worry hassle free one…

    btw…abt that methi seeds and pom seeds…there are many recipes that turn delicious once added right…you can always freeze ..these days I soak methi seeds and eat them as such…very good for health dad says…so thats a nice way…but agree on what you times we don’t know what to do with the ingredient that is used very rarely..

  3. sra Says:

    December 13th, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    Mallika, the non-veg repertoire for this event has just begun to grow, and yours is an unusual addition.
    And do I know what you mean about the spices! The other thing that gets my goat are the beauty tips in magazines which prescribe a tsp of mint paste and a tsp of papaya and what not for lustrous skin, hair or whatever, I can’t buy and destroy bunches and kilos of these for a tsp, can I?

  4. Padmaja Says:

    December 14th, 2007 at 6:24 am

    Mallika!! very true mallika, you buy things which u need once or twice as the recipe you find needs one and then you can’t make the same thing again n again can we, so there you go, my one off spices n things get stored for months in my pantry and never see the daylight.
    Once in a while, When i realise i gotta tidy up, there comes out these things out of date or unusable.
    Such a waste!!!!!
    I am such a fussy girl that Mallika, I don’t make a curry if needs coriander leaves and i don’t have any.
    For me I gotta have all the ingrdients!!Weird eh???

  5. Maninas Says:

    December 15th, 2007 at 7:28 am

    ehm, my spice collection is getting out of control, too… but i can’t help it… and i love it… :)

  6. Puja Says:

    December 18th, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    Good to see another Bengali foodie… although we are all foodies, aren’t we?? :)

  7. maninas Says:

    December 21st, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    Happy holidays, Mallika!

  8. jennDZ - The LeftoverQueen Says:

    December 23rd, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    I love recipes of simplicity – they know they are good and they don’t have to prove it to anyone! Sounds super yummy!

  9. Audrey Says:

    March 27th, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    I made something like this tonight with lamb, it turned out pretty good. it’d be tastier if I stewed longer till the meat are all tender. Thought only lamb goes well with this dish. I ought to try it with pork! Thanks for the post!

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