Meat cooked in spices is so popular among Christians in Kerala; it has become pretty much a part of tradition for many locals. Buying fresh meat straight from the butcher and prepping it with care is a Sunday ritual enjoyed in almost every home across the state.
Be it lamb, beef or pork, the basics of cooking this dish is the same. I’ve opted for pork fry today, which is very similar to the beef fry I shared couple of weeks ago.
This Kerala pork fry recipe (pork ularthiyathu) provides very tender pieces of pork perfectly cooked in spices. As with the type of pork, I always go for cuts minus the fat. No excuses. The trimmed cuts give a slight crispiness to the meat during the final stir frying stage.
Although this pork fry sounds like an elaborated dish, making them is super simple. It won’t take too long either. And that’s what I love most about this recipe.
The spices are added to the meat at two different stages. First, when the meat is cooked in the pressure cooker. Second, when pork is stir fried with the spices. It adds that extra much needed flavor to the dish. Trust me, it works like magic.
One important thing before we go to the recipe. Avoid overcooking the meat at any cost. Enjoy this Kerala pork stir fry or pork ularthiyathu with rice, chappathis, rotis or appam!
Start with cooking pork in the pressure cooker. Place pork along with onions, green chilies, turmeric, coriander, garam masala, black pepper, ginger, garlic, white vinegar, curry leaves and salt in a pressure cooker. Cover with lid and place over high heat. Cook until the 6th or 7th whistle. Remove from heat. After steam escapes, open the lid, and place over medium-high heat. Simmer until all water dries up. Set aside.
Place a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Heat oil. Splutter mustard seeds. Add cloves, fennel seeds, cardamom pods and bay leaves. Fry. Add shallots, dried red chilies, and a sprig of curry leaves. Fry until onions are browned.
Add pork. Mix well. Stir fry for 4-5 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves, if you like.
More Kerala Recipes
- Kerala Beef Fry
- Beef Pepper Fry or Beef Kurumulakittathu
- Kerala Duck Curry
- Spicy Lamb Stir Fry
- Kerala Mussels Fry or Kallumakkaya Fry or Kadukka Fry
- Kerala Prawns Fry