Slow Cooker Pork Vindaloo

Slow Cooker Pork Vindaloo (Serves 8)

Many recipes suggest that Chicken Vindaloo was originally made with pork, so I made a batch of Slow Cooker Pork Vindaloo after finishing off my first batch of chicken. You could use a Boston Butt pork roast, but I used 5 pounds of country style pork ribs to make mine. After comparing Chicken Vindaloo and Pork Vindaloo, I can’t decide which I like best.

Prep time: 30-45 minutes
Cook time: 7 hours

Ingredient list:

8 large yellow or red onions
6-10 chili peppers (mine were jalapenos, but you could use others)
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 8-inch pieces of fresh ginger (peeled) or 4 tablespoons ground ginger
20 cloves garlic (peeled)
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon garam masala
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 heaping teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon mustard powder
5 pounds of pork

Directions: Peel onions. Cut 3.5 onions into chunks and make into a puree in food processor. Remove seeds from chili peppers and add flesh to food processor. Add 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar to food processor. Add 4 tablespoons of ground ginger. Add garlic cloves, turmeric, coriander, garam masala, cinnamon, black pepper, salt, and mustard powder. Run food processor to mix spices and chilies with onion puree. Add pork to slow cooker and pour puree from food processor over pork. Cut remaining 4.5 onions into thin slices and arrange over pork. Place cover on slow cooker. Set temperature to slow cook (200 degrees on my unit) and time to 7 hours. When time on slow cooker is near its end, prepare a vegetable side dish to go with Pork Vindaloo. When done, transfer food to plates and enjoy!

Notes: Many veggie side dishes go well with Pork Vindaloo. I like to roast veggies with spices and coconut oil in a covered cast iron skillet at 400 degrees for 30 minutes to prepare sides.

This is not a traditional recipe because I puree only a portion of the onions to make the Vindaloo sauce, but it is good.

My slow cooker is a Cuisinart Multi Cooker that I picked up at Williams-Sonoma because my local store had one in stock and I wanted to start cooking right away. Amazon sells the Cuisinart, but seems to be out of stock frequently. The Breville Stainless-Steel 7-Quart Slow Cooker with EasySear Insert on display in my Store is similar. Check them out by clicking on the Store link in the upper right hand corner of this site. The Cuisinart has a see-through top and the Breville has a stainless steel top. I like being able to see inside without opening the lid, but the Breville sells for $75 less than the Cuisinart.

Anupy Singla’s Chicken Vindaloo recipe in The Indian Slow Cooker inspired my recipe, but I made a fair number of changes, so don’t blame her if my version does not taste like the best Pork Vindaloo you’ve ever had. Check out her book in my Store.

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