Pork and Pumpkin Coconut Curry
Curry Paste Ingredients
- 4 whole cloves
- 1 star anise
- 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 3 teaspoons cumin, seeds
- 3 teaspoons coriander, seeds
- 10 cardamom pods, seeds extracted
- 1 ounce fresh ginger root
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 small yellow onion
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 pounds pork, lean shoulder or leg
- 3 pound pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 large yellow onion, peeled and thickly sliced
- 1 15oz can coconut milk
- 1 15oz can organic corn, rinsed and drained
- 1 sea salt and pepper
- 1 green onion, (for garnish)
- Start by making the curry paste. Using a coffee grinder, grind the cloves, star anise, peppercorns, cumin, coriander and cardamom seeds together until it reaches a fairly fine texture. Peel and roughly chop the ginger, garlic and onion, then put into a blender with the ground spices, curry powder and salt. Add just enough water to form a paste.
- Cut the pork into 2 inch cubes and season with salt and pepper.
- Peel and de-seed the pumpkin and cut into large cubes. Set aside.
- Heat the butter in a large, wide pan over medium high heat. Add the pork to the pan and cook until well browned. Turn down the heat to medium and add the curry paste. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring regularly to ensure the spices don’t burn.
- Add the onion to the pan and cook for a few minutes until softened, then add the pumpkin and cook for another 5 minutes. Pour in enough water to just cover the pork and pumpkin. Put the lid on the pan and simmer over a low heat for 20–30 minutes until the pork is tender.
- Stir in the coconut milk and corn and heat through.
- Top with green onions and serve.
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