Sometimes when there are celebrations at home, Black pepper pork is prepared by us Mangalorean’s. The local pork and the organic pepper seeds from the creepers in our home yard definitely makes a rocking recipe of black pepper pork, an all-time favorite. It’s not so fiery, you can moderate this by reducing the quantity of pepper. Using whole black pepper seeds which is later coarsely ground gives depth and awesomeness to this dish.
Please note that the original recipe does not call for cumin seeds.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time 45 minutes
Pork belly – 1 kg, cut into small pieces
Black pepper seeds / powder – 2 to 5 tbsp (Depending on spice level, see notes)
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp (optional)
Ginger – Garlic paste – 1 tsp
Olive Oil – 2 tbsp
Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
Onions – 2 medium, chopped into 1 cm thickness
Lemon – as required
1. Heat a small pan and fry the pepper seeds for 1-2 mins or until it starts dancing in the pan (initially I took 2 tbsp of pepper).
Blend the pepper seeds along with cumin seeds in a small mixer jar into coarse powder. You can blend extra pepper separately to add later if you need more spice.
2. In a large container, heat olive oil. Add pork, pepper powder, 1/2 tsp salt (you can add turmeric). Mix thoroughly to coat with pepper. If your not sure the spice level of pepper add less initially.
3. Fry the pork for 5 minutes on high. Add ginger-garlic paste. Stir fry making sure it does not stick to the bottom of the pan. Add 1/8 cup of water if necessary but not too much.
4. Cover and cook on medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. Check for salt (I added 4 more tbsp of pepper for spice). Add Onions and mix. Onions release water after a couple of minutes. Cook for another 10-15 minutes on medium.
6. Turn off the heat. Squeeze some lemon if it turns out spicy to reduce the heat.
*Initially add 2 tbsp of ground pepper powder before cooking meat as directed in step 2. You can add additional pepper powder once the meat is cooked after 30 mins by tasting it.
*Turmeric powder is used to get a brownish color which I skipped using.