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Pulled pork curry with paratha

I’ve never had curry this good. Seriously. And just as Speedy was saying how bored he was with curried stews, I served this for lunch today and all he could say was how delicious it was.

What is it?

It is a curried dish, obviously. But, instead of a wet stew, you have a dry stew. The pork is pre-cooked, shredded then cooked in coconut milk, herbs and spices until the mixture is quite dry. The pork finishes cooking in the coconut oil rendered from the coconut cream.

If you’re not into flat breads, or can’t find paratha, serve the pulled pork curry with rice and it will be just as good.

Inspired by Dry Beef Floss Curry with Turmeric Rice from Poh’s Kitchen.


  1. 500 g. of pork belly (shoulder will also work), uncut
    about 5 cardamom pods
    1 tsp. of cumin seeds
    1 tsp. of coriander seeds
    2 lemongrass stalks (see tips), thinly sliced
    3 bird’s eye chilies
    1 tbsp. of curry powder
    3 c. of coconut milk
    2 tbsps. of vegetable cooking oil
    1 tbsp. of minced garlic
    1 tbsp. of chopped ginger
    1 onion, thinly sliced
    a handful of Thai basil
    kaffir lime leaf
    patis (fish sauce), to taste
    toasted paratha (Indian flat bread available in the freezer section of better supermarkets), to serve
    snipped cilantro, to garnish


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    Place the pork in a preheated 400F oven and roast for an hour or until nicely browned (if using a turbo broiler, there is no need to preheat). I only used one of the three pieces of pork in the photo above.


    Measure the coriander seeds, cumin seeds and discard the cardamom shells to get the pods.


    Dry roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds and cardamom pods in a small frying pan.

    Place the roasted spices, chilies, lemongrass, curry powder and coconut milk in the blender and process until no solid bits are visible.


    Using two forks (or your fingers if the pork is cook cool enough to handle), pull the pork meat into shreds.


    Heat the cooking oil in a frying pan. Saute the garlic, onion and ginger just until fragrant.


    Add the pulled pork meat and stir.


    Pour in the coconut milk mixture. Season with fish sauce.


    Add the Thai basil and kaffir lime leaf.


    Cook over medium heat, uncovered, until the mixture is almost dry. Toward the end of the cooking time, stir the pork often so that the shredded meat browns evenly.

    casaveneracion.com Pulled pork curry with paratha

    To serve, arrange two pieces of paratha on a plate. Place a heaping mound of pulled pork curry beside them. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.

Cooking time (duration): about 2 hours

Number of servings (yield): 2 to 3


      • t2rad says

        sorry, but I’m not seeing it either – whoops, there it is – did you have to hide it in the coconut milk blenderizing phase?! :D

        have been looking for a “pulled pork” recipe that doesn’t take hours and hours of cooking, an hour in the turbo broiler doesn’t sound too bad

        any substitute for kafir lime leaf? can’t seem to find it in my local MallS :(

        • Connie says

          Hide it? Or you think you’re being cute?

          “any substitute for kafir lime leaf? can’t seem to find it in my local MallS”

          Get a potted kaffir lime plant.

          • t2rad says

            “Hide it? Or you think you’re being cute?”

            wow, sungit naman… must be the heat… and yes, I was trying to be cute. That’s what the :D was for

            you replied as if I’d called your first-born ugly or something. Sorry,than. I understand blogs/FB/comment threads do not always translate the spirit of the comment well. Will keep all future replies food-related.

          • Connie says

            Thank you. Sige na nga, cute na. On hindsight. LOL

            No, it isn’t the heat. It’s too many questions about self-explanatory things. I just wish that people would read through the entire entry first. Thoroughly.

  1. Natz SM says

    Surely I will have to double the roast pork because at this point, it is already good enought to eat!

    This actually looks good with your mango and tomato salad.

  2. says

    Ms. Connie, you mean po “if the pork is cool enough to hold”

    I love your recipes but of course, every time I want to cook them, I have to struggle finding the right ingredients. Puro powdered spices po kasi ang available supermarket dito sa Holland. Will powdered cumin, coriander and cardamon work just as good?

    • Connie says

      LOL yes, I corrected it.

      Yes, ground spices will work. I am not sure about the amounts though.

  3. zhay says

    ms.connie, saan po kau nakabili ng paratha sa pinas? my mom was here in UAE and she loves paratha, but ngayon kc nasa pinas na cia since last month she misses daw da paratha.. have you tried scrambled egg and cheese s paratha? simple, but yummy tlaga.. hehe