A friend of mine gave me this masala recipe. I had been on the look out for this recipe for quite some time. Earlier I saw the recipe for this bottle masala in a book but it had only about 10 ingredients, but I had it on good authority that the original recipe has more than 20 ingredients. So I was very happy to finally lay my hands on this recipe. Hope all other gourmets on the look out enjoy this as well.

Ingredients :

Dried Red Chillies : 2 Kg.

Coriander Seeds : 500 gm.

Whole Turmeric : 50 gm.

Cumin Seeds : 125 gm.

Mustard Seeds : 50 gm.

White Poppy Seeds : 125 gm.

White Sesame Seeds : 125 gm.

Fennel Seeds : 25 gm.

Black Peppercorns : 125 gm.

Green Cardamoms : 75 gm.

Taj (Ceylon Cinnamon) : 125 gm.

Cloves : 50 gm.

Black Cardamoms : 25 gm.

Nagkesar ( Casia Buds) : 25 gm.

Mace : 25 gm.

Nutmeg : 2 no.

Maipatri (Mugwort) : 25 gm.

Badian / Badalphool (Star Anise) : 25 gm.

Trifal (Sichuan Pepper) : 25 gm.

Tamalpatra (Tejpatta / Indian Bay Leaf ) : 25 gm

Dagadphool ( Lichen) : 25 gm.

Kababchini (Allspice) : 25 gm.

Shahi Jeera (Black Cumin) : 25 gm.

Whole Asafoetida (hing) : 25 gm.

P.S. Dagadphool. This is a dried lichen used in Indian cooking. (Latin: parmelia perlata.)

Method : Saute the masala ingredients individually in little oil to let them release their flavours and then mix them together and grind to a fine powder. Alternately you can also dry roast the ingredients. Take care to crush the asafoetida, turmeric and nutmeg into smaller pieces before sauteing or roasting them.

These are a couple of  pork delicacies from Goa. The Sorpotel recipe uses both pork and pork liver. The main difference between sorpotel and the vindaloo recipe is that sorpotel uses butter as a cooking fat instead of oil. There are two recipes that I have come across and I will provide both. The first one used East Indian bottle masala , whose recipe I will put up soon.
An East Indian wedding is incomplete without Sorpotel or Vindaloo on the menu. These recipes were given to me by my dear friend Richlyn so other gourmets like me can enjoy these delectable recipes.
The picture of Sarpotel is courtesy abcdz2000. You can check out his pictures on Flickr by clicking on this link here – abcdz2000

Sorpotel

sorpotel

First Recipe :

Ingredients :

Pork : 1 Kg.

Pork Liver : 250 gm.

Dried Pork Blood : 1 Tbsp.

Garlic Pods : 2 no.

Ginger : 2″ piece

Green chillies : 2-3 no.

Bottle Masala : 2 Tbsp.

Salt : to taste

Vinegar : 1-2 Tbsp.

Butter : 250 gm.

Oil : To fry the pork and liver

Method :

Cut the liver and pork into 1″ pieces. Apply salt and fry in oil till brown. Then cool and cut into fine pieces. Chop ginger, garlic and green chillies.

In a handi/degchi, add butter and fry the chopped ginger, garlic and green chillies. Then add the bottle masala and fry well. Now add the meat and vinegar and adjust the seasoning. Then cook on slow fire ( simmer) till done.

Second Recipe :

Ingredients :

Pork : 1 Kg.

Pork Liver : 250 gm.

Turmeric Powder (Haldi) : 1/2 Tsp.

Salt : To taste

Oil : to fry the pork and pork liver.

Butter : 250 gm.

Sliced Onions : 2 large no.

Chopped Tomatoes : 1 large no.

Dried Pork blood : 1 Tbsp.

Vinegar : 2 Tbsp.

For Masala Paste :

Dried Red Chillies : 6-8 no.

Black Peppercorns : 1 Tsp.

Cumin Seeds : 1 Tsp.

Cloves : 2-3 no.

Green Cardamom : 2 no.

Garlic Cloves : 5-6 no.

Ginger : 2″ piece.

Method :

Cut the Pork and Pork Liver into fine cubes and fry in oil till brown. You have to fry them separately. Make a fine paste of the masala paste ingredients using water.
In a hand/degchi, add butter and saute slices onions till golden brown. Then add the tomatoes and saute and then add the masala paste. Fry the masala paste till the fat leaves the masala. Then add the pork, water and salt to taste and cover and simmer till pork is almost cooked. Then add the fried liver and the dried blood and cook for further 10 minutes.

Pork Vindaloo

This is an authentic hot and sour dish from the scenic region of Goa on the Western coast of India. The cuisine of this region, due to the occupation of the Portuguese, was in part influenced by them. This is one of the many recipes that have become a steady staple of this beautiful land. I hope to introduce you to some of the many famous recipes from this land of beaches.

Ingredients :

Pork (with a 1/2″ layer of fat) : 2 kg
Kashmiri red chillies (seeds removed) : 25-30 nos.
Garlic Cloves : 25 nos.
Cumin seeds : 3Tbs
Turmeric powder : 1 1/2 Tsp
Fresh ginger (optional) : 2″ piece
Cinnamon -: 2″ piece
Black Peppercorns -: 10 nos.
White vinegar : as required
Salt -: as required

Method :

Cut the pork into 1 inch cubes,apply salt and keep aside overnight. Next morning wash and dry the pork cubes with a towel. Grind the above given ingredients with vinegar to a fine paste. Apply the masala paste to pork and let it marinate in an earthen dish or bowl for over 8 hrs or overnight. Next day put the pork in a thick bottomed vessel and 1/2 bottle of vinegar and cook on slow fire till tender.

P.S. : A Vindaloo tastes better if it is allowed to ‘pickle’ for a day after being prepared.