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Food Escapades & Curry Fridays ! Pork chop bhooni // masala pork chops

Greetings fellow Tildes users! It has been quite a long time since I have found myself on this website. I hope everyone is doing just fine today :). For a while now, I have been getting increasingly more interested in food and everything that has to do with the cooking process. I have put it into my hands to try to learn as much as I can about this beautiful art, starting with a special type of dish that really speaks to me: Curries!

My uncle gave me this odd little book once called "Curry Cuisine: Fragrant Dishes from India, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia" by David A. Thompson and Vivek Singh. (here's a link if you're interested to buy it: https://www.amazon.com/Curry-Fragrant-Thailand-Vietnam-Indonesia-ebook/dp/B07HXVWFCJ) I hadn't really thought of it that much until one day I had a mind blowing night at an Indian restaurant, which, I cannot remember the name of right now :/.

During that time, as well, I hadn't really been feeling that great mentally and I didn't really know what to do with my spare time without just getting bored all the time. So, combining that exquisite culinary experience plus the fact that I needed new activities to get me out of the boredom I was feeling, I decided to start up cooking for my parents and myself, and what better place to start than the cookbook my uncle gave me as a gift ! So now, every Friday, I make a curry from this little cute green cookbook I own, and it brings me a lot of joy to make it!

for the two months I have been doing this so far, I have posted little blog posts on various discord servers about the dishes I make, and due to some people enjoying what I write and do on the discord servers and due to some demand, I have decided that I will post those blogs up here in Tildes for you people to enjoy and share! I will also be putting a question at the end, just to not make it too dry in the comment section :P If asked, I will post the previous posts from the 7 first weeks in a separate post, if you would like to read :)

But enough of that, here's what I made today! (I usually make these on fridays, but I am doing this one day early because I got stuff to do tomorrow hahah. You do with what you've got !) Today I made a pretty simple dish that I ended up fucking up somewhat. The potatoes ended up being a bit overcooked and not crispy at all, which was disappointed. But at least that was just the side dish! Main dish was a very simple "hogao" like sauce on some pork chops. Man, it's impressive what you can do with water, onions, tomatoes and a few spices! It's tasty and very simple, I'd do it just for any day weeknight meal ! Highly recommend this kind of curry for anyone trying to spice up their weeknights, it'll give ya a nice kick :)

Picture of the dish: https://imgur.com/fAZyj7F
[EDIT: will put a picture of the recipe from now on due to demand !] recipe: https://imgur.com/GUN52uz

Today's question: what is your favourite recipe containing pork chops?

Have a great day <3
Tomi, your friendly neighbourhood marshmallow~

12 comments

  1. [4]
    monarda
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    That looks amazing and I am disappointed you gave no recipe :) Pork chops are usually my lazy meal, and I have two main lazy ways that I make them. One is to just fry them in butter or lard with a...

    That looks amazing and I am disappointed you gave no recipe :)

    Pork chops are usually my lazy meal, and I have two main lazy ways that I make them. One is to just fry them in butter or lard with a mushroom powder and salt for taste, and as a side I'll make a hash, and to be adult, some broccoli. The second way is even lazier. I'll put them in a baking pan with cream of celery soup, bake for 30-45 minutes, and make rice to pour everything over. Since this is super lazy, and I don't care about being adult, I do not add veggies when I make it this way. Lately though, I have started making them a third way, and though it has more ingredients, it is still super lazy. If I have boneless pork chops, I will cook them then slice them into strips. While those are cooking I'll make a peanut sauce. After the pork is cut into strips I will add them back to the pan, add the peanut sauce and broccoli slaw and cook for 5 minutes. This goes over rice.

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    1. TinmanJones
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      I never really thought of putting pictures of the recipe on my posts since I was pretty much limited to one image per post on discord... But as soon as I get home I will definitely be posting it...

      I never really thought of putting pictures of the recipe on my posts since I was pretty much limited to one image per post on discord... But as soon as I get home I will definitely be posting it here ! Excellent idea :)

      Those seem more like pretty great weeknight meals rather than "lazy" ones to me hahahahah. They sound pretty good ! One thing I have learned through my Colombian heritage is that frying your rice before putting it in water AND salting it while it is in water makes for better and tastier rice that still works incredibly well as a side dish. I definitely recommend you try it with your weeknight recipes ! That is.. if you aren't feeling too lazy :P

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      TinmanJones
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      Just put the recipe up, if you give it a go tell me how it goes ! :D

      Just put the recipe up, if you give it a go tell me how it goes ! :D

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  2. [2]
    cfabbro
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    Seconding what @monarda said... this looks amazing, but I would also love to see the recipe too, if you wouldn't mind copying it down for us, or taking a photo of it. I think you know my answer to...

    Seconding what @monarda said... this looks amazing, but I would also love to see the recipe too, if you wouldn't mind copying it down for us, or taking a photo of it.

    If asked, I will post the previous posts from the 7 first weeks in a separate post, if you would like to read :)

    I think you know my answer to that already. ;) At the very least you should post the Duck one, IMO, because that one looked so f'n good! :P

    Today's question: what is your favourite recipe containing pork chops?

    Huh, weird. This post actually made me realize that, surprisingly, I have never actually cooked pork chops for myself. Pork tenderloin, shoulder, butt, and all manner of bacon/ham cuts, yes... but never a proper bone-in chop. It feels like you have exposed a culinary blindspot in me!

    So I suppose I should remedy that, which I will likely do with a pork chop in mushroom sauce of some sort, if I can find a good recipe somewhere. My grandfather used to make a damn fine version with garlic mashed potatoes on the side, but sadly he has passed on, and I'm pretty sure he ever bothered to write the recipe down anywhere. :(

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    1. TinmanJones
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      Sorry for your loss :( but yeah, porkchops are a pretty easy thing to eat like a steak. They're pretty yummy honestly, even tho they aren't really my favouriteeee thing in the world. Plus in this...

      Sorry for your loss :( but yeah, porkchops are a pretty easy thing to eat like a steak. They're pretty yummy honestly, even tho they aren't really my favouriteeee thing in the world. Plus in this sauce they kind of rule, which, you could try out as soon as I post the recipe here !!!! :P

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    arghdos
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    If you're getting into curries (or Thai in general), you should definitely check out this website. They (he?) spends an astonishing amount of effort researching the origins of dishes e.g., check...

    If you're getting into curries (or Thai in general), you should definitely check out this website. They (he?) spends an astonishing amount of effort researching the origins of dishes e.g., check out the Massasaman page, and the result is easily the most authentic (English language) Thai recipes I've found on the internet. They tend to be less simple than your average Curry, but in making them, you will learn things that will improve your "weekday night" curries as well.

    As far as pork goes, my favorite dish is this Vindaloo recipe which again is not the simplest out there, but it is amazing!

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    1. [2]
      monarda
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      That massasaman curry link is amazing! I've been making a goat massasaman curry for years, but have always opted to start with a paste as I've been scared to do it from scratch (and I'm a bit lazy...

      That massasaman curry link is amazing! I've been making a goat massasaman curry for years, but have always opted to start with a paste as I've been scared to do it from scratch (and I'm a bit lazy to boot), but after reading that I think I will give one of those a try. Thank you!

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      1. TinmanJones
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        Show us how that ends up !!! I'd be glad to give it a look.

        Show us how that ends up !!! I'd be glad to give it a look.

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    2. [3]
      TinmanJones
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      Wow, that website seems pretty great ! I'll definitely check it out when it comes to making Thai food. I have made one recipe from this said cookbook that is Thai, it ended up being my dad and I's...

      Wow, that website seems pretty great ! I'll definitely check it out when it comes to making Thai food. I have made one recipe from this said cookbook that is Thai, it ended up being my dad and I's favourite recipe we probably ever made ! It's insane how much you can do with food ! Though I didn't end up cutting the lemongrass properly and it ended up being very fiber-y..... My mistake ! I'll definitely be checking out this website, thank you :)

      I have been wanting to make pork vindaloo, last time I went to an Indian restaurant the vindaloo blew my mind. I haven't done it yet because my mom doesn't like spicy foods, and I feel like using less spicy substitutes for something like a vindaloo just wouldn't be the same experience.... oh well. Someday !

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      1. [2]
        arghdos
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        Lemongrass can be pretty tricky, typically I remove the outer leaves, cut into 1-2" pieces, slightly crush them and let simmer. Also make sure you're removing before eating in this case, and don't...

        Lemongrass can be pretty tricky, typically I remove the outer leaves, cut into 1-2" pieces, slightly crush them and let simmer. Also make sure you're removing before eating in this case, and don't simmer too long (otherwise they'll disintegrate into fibers).

        You can also cut them down to just the bottom few inches and finely mince it to use in a curry paste or the like :)

        I feel like using less spicy substitutes for something like a vindaloo just wouldn't be the same experience

        Absolutely, you might check out something like Daal Makhani or Chana Masala next time you go to the restaurant, they tend to be my favorite of the non-spicy Indian options :)

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        1. TinmanJones
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          Yeah, I need to give my lemongrass technique some time to get better, it's definitely a very special and unique flavour and something that really surprises me Everytime I eat it ! I usually like...

          Yeah, I need to give my lemongrass technique some time to get better, it's definitely a very special and unique flavour and something that really surprises me Everytime I eat it ! I usually like non spicy Indian food too... Not very knowledgeable with the names and everything because I haven't given enough time to that hahahahha. But next time we eat Indian I'll recommend those to my mama ;)

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