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Belly Pork Vindaloo

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Belly pork vindaloo is so good. Try this!

I usually use leg or shoulder meat to make traditional Goan pork vindaloo but a few days ago I decided to try it with pork belly.

My butcher remove the skin. Yes that’s right… the beautiful bit used to make crackling.

You might like to keep the top skin and make crackling as it would taste very good with this recipe. It’s a bit too fatty and hard to actually go in the curry though.

Traditional Goan Vindaloo

Yum! This vindaloo gets it.

My Goan vindaloo belly pork is actually a bit of Portuguese – Goan fusion.

This traditional Goan belly pork vindaloo is different to the other authentic vindaloo recipes on my site.

I’ve used red wine in this recipe instead of vinegar. The wine works so well with the other flavours. Wine was used in the original Portuguese version of the recipe.

You might like to try the original Portuguese recipe too. You can find it here.

The long slow cooking and marinading time is essential. This is belly pork vindaloo at its best but you will have to wait.

How to cook this belly pork vindaloo to perfection.

Plan your meal at least a day in advance for best results. Marinating them meat overnight does really make a big difference in the finished curry.

Also, please don’t rush the cooking time. Your belly pork vindaloo is ready when it’s ready.

When finished, you should be able to cut the belly pork pieces without any effort with a fork.

What about the spiciness?

I have had a couple people comment about some of my spicier recipes stating that they are too spice. If you are not a spice fan, then cut down on the hot spices or leave them out.

You can always add spices at the end slowly and to your own personal tastes.

This belly pork vindaloo is not just spicy hot. There are so many different spices in the recipe which all play an important role.

You will find that this belly pork vindaloo has a delicious spicy flavour even if you don’t add loads of chillies.

If you like this Goan belly pork vindaloo, you might also like to try some of these recipes…

Authentic pork vindaloo
BIR curry house style vindaloo sauce
BIR style lamb vindaloo

Yield: 4 - 6

Slow Cooked Belly Pork In A Traditional Goan Vindaloo Sauce

Slow Cooked Belly Pork In A Traditional Goan Vindaloo Sauce


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1.5 kilo (3 pounds) pork belly - top skin removed and then cut into one inch chunks
  • 2 large onions quartered
  • 200g ginger - finely sliced into matchsticks
  • 30 cloves of garlic - smashed
  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 3 tablespoons ghee or butter
  • 20 fresh or frozen curry leaves
  • 1 tablespoon black mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoons dried fenugreek leaves
  • 3 fresh green chillies very finely chopped or blended into a paste.
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1 two inch piece of cinnamon
  • 5 black cardamom pods
  • 4 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 3 tablespoon jaggery or light brown sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons hot chilli powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala


  1. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  2. When the oil is hot, brown the pork belly pieces in batches for about 5 minutes or until nicely browned and then remove.
  3. Deglaze the pan with the bottle of red wine and then add the meat, half the ginger, 20 cloves of the garlic and the onions.
  4. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and allow to slowly simmer for about three hours.
  5. You may need to add a little more wine or water as the meat needs to remain covered with the liquid.
  6. After about three hours, take the pan of the heat and let cool.
  7. Once cool, remove the meat pieces to a large bowl and set aside and then strain the wine back over the meat. Discard the ginger, garlic and onion pieces.
  8. Cover the meat and wine and marinate over night.
  9. The next day, spoon off any fat that has accumulated so that you are left with nothing but the meat chunks and wine broth.
  10. Heat the ghee and then add the mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  11. When the mustard seeds begin to pop, add the chopped green chillies, the remaining garlic and the ginger and let sizzle for about a minute.
  12. Now add the meat and the wine and the rest of the ingredients except for the salt, pepper and garam masala.
  13. Bring to a simmer and partially cover. Simmer for about an hour until the pork chunks can be easily cut with a fork.
  14. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with garam masala and serve.
  15. You could serve this traditional Goan vindaloo with rice or naans. This is how it is usually served.
  16. I served it with a green salad and some roast vegetables. It was really nice.

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 I have a few traditional Goan vindaloo recipes on this site but this is my favourite of the moment.

Dale Burrow

Sunday 4th of July 2021

Are the thirty garlic cloves peeled or unpeeled?

Dan Toombs

Monday 5th of July 2021

It's up to you, you can eat garlic skin but if you would rather peel them that's fine too. Dan

James S

Wednesday 29th of August 2018


I'm assuming a "bottle" of wine is 750ml, is this correct?



* can't leave rating cuz haven't tried yet

Dan Toombs

Tuesday 18th of September 2018

Hi James

That's right. 750ml is a bottle of wine.

Thanks, Dan

Neil w

Wednesday 18th of October 2017

Hi Dan. This is awesome. Well worth the time and effort. I serve it with your spiced (best ever) roast potatoes and have it as an alternative Sunday lunch.

Dan Toombs

Thursday 2nd of November 2017

Great to hear Neil! Thank you.



Tuesday 17th of July 2012

I've been trying to share this recipe, but facebook is playing up for me and won't load, so I've tweeted it. This looks great - I'll have to try it.

Dan Toombs

Wednesday 12th of September 2012

Thank you very much Gilla!

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