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Sri Lankan Curry – A Delicious Pork Recipe

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Sri Lankan Pork Curry

So easy to make, delicious Sri Lankan curry.

This is another recipe I learned while in Sri Lanka last year. The head chef at the hotel I was staying at walked me through the recipe.

If you’re looking for an easy, no fuss curry that the whole family will love, you’ve got to give this Sri Lankan curry a try!

The pork meat is cooked from raw in the mildly spiced sauce until it is fork tender. I’m telling you… curries don’t get much better than this.

While in Sri Lanka, the chefs would split open fresh coconuts to make the thick coconut milk used in this recipe. Although I got to do this while there too, I tend to use canned coconut milk these day.

It’s much quicker and easier.

Traditional Sri Lankan Clay Pot Cooking.

I cooked my Sri Lankan curry the traditional way, in a clay pot I brought back with me. If you have one, use it.

The curry picks up a delicious flavour from slow cooking in the clay pot that you simply don’t get from metal pots and pans. Still, don’t let that stop you from trying this recipe.

A metal wok or saucepan will do the job just fine.

Making Sri Lankan Pork Curry

Tempering the whole spice and curry leaves in the hot oil.

Making Sri Lankan Pork Curry

Fry the chopped onion until soft.

Making Sri Lankan Pork Curry

In go the ground spices!

Making Sri Lankan Pork Curry

Tomato paste and a few chillies if you like it spicy.

Making Sri Lankan Pork Curry

A generous tablespoon of tamarind pulp gives a nice sour touch.

Making Sri Lankan Pork Curry

In goes the chunks of pork.

Making Sri Lankan Pork Curry

Use the best quality, thick coconut milk you can get your hands on.

Sri Lankan Pork Curry

Cover with chicken stock or water and simmer until the meat is fork tender.

If you like the look of this Sri Lankan curry, try some of these Sri Lankan recipes too.

Yield: 6

Sri Lankan Pork Curry

Sri Lankan Pork Curry
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons rapeseed or coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 20 curry leaves
  • 2 large red onions - finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons red chilli powder (or to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons Madras curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons garlic and ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 or more green chillies - cut into thin rings
  • 1 generous tablespoon tamarind pulp
  • 400ml thick coconut milk
  • 900g (2 lbs.) pork leg - cut into large chunks
  • Water or chicken stock to cover
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala


  1. Heat the oil over medium high heat in a wok or large saucepan.
  2. When hot, add the black mustard seeds and cinnamon stick. When the mustard seeds begin to pop, add the cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  3. Stir this all around in the oil for about 30 seconds and then add the chopped onions. Fry the onions until soft and translucent and the pour in the ground spices and garlic and ginger paste.
  4. Add the chopped chillies and tomato paste, followed byth the tamarind pulp and coconut milk.
  5. Mix all these ingredients well and then add the pork with just enough water or stock to cover.
  6. Simmer for about 40 minutes or until the pork is fork tender.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with the garam masala to serve.

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Tuesday 5th of December 2023

Absolutely delicious curry. The fresh curry powder makes a huge difference. I will try it with shoulder or neck next time as the leg meat was a little tough. Thank you for a great recipe.

Dan Toombs

Monday 11th of December 2023

Thank you so much, I’m glad you enjoy the recipe. Dan


Thursday 29th of October 2020

I made this curry last night according to the recipe and it was fantastic! The difference in flavour from more 'tomatoey' curries was most welcome. Mine turned out more of a deep yellow colour than on your illustrations so wondered where I differed but my whole family devoured it so was not too bothered. Will definitely make again, maybe with chicken thighs.

Dan Toombs

Thursday 29th of October 2020

Good to hear, thanks very much. Dan

Kev Pellow

Friday 8th of May 2020

Made this in my newly acquired clay pot last night, my family tell me that it's their best ever curry and we've had a few! Many thanks for the recipes, the new book is fantastic.

Dan Toombs

Monday 11th of May 2020

Hi Kev That's great to hear, I love my clay pot too. Thanks Dan

Alan Mehew

Tuesday 18th of February 2020

This is one of my all time favourite curries. Choosing a good thick coconut milk makes a big difference. We have the benefit of fresh curry leaves and tamarind, being in the tropics. I make it with pork tenderloin, which is cheap and plentiful here. But I’m sure other cuts would do as well.

Thanks Dan!

Alan M. Sattahip, Thailand.

Dan Toombs

Tuesday 18th of February 2020

Hi Alan

That's great to hear. Thank you!


Marilyn Williams

Monday 20th of January 2020

Marilyn. Scotland. UK.

Hi I made this fabulous curry last week. Absolutely delicious.!! No tweeks or changes just as stated in the recipe. It is too spicy for my husband so I get it all to myself over a few nights. I am about to make it again. I am addicted. Thank you.

Dan Toombs

Monday 20th of January 2020

Thank you very much Marilyn. That's great to hear. Much appreciated.


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