Goan Spiced Pork Roast

20 Dec

If you are looking for a spiced pork roast recipe for the holidays or for your Christmas meal then this recipe will definitely not disappoint and will make you want for more, just like my husband and 6-year-old son. It’s also called Assado De Leitao (Roast Pig) in Portuguese and is made for weddings and feasts (In Goa we celebrate a lot of church feast). Making this recipe made me feel so nostalgic that I was thinking how come I never made it before.

The good part of this recipe is the left overs, which is great for sandwiches. Just apply butter to bread and put in thinly sliced meat and its so yummy. Also this recipe can be used to make Beef roast. You can cook the pork a day or two ahead of time.

Looking at the ingredients it may look like a lot of spices, it’s not as spicy but has a great flavor.


Ingredients for Vindaloo Paste | Goan Imports


3 lbs of pork ( I used bone-in butt roast)

10 cloves of garlic

8 whole Cloves

1 green jalapeno ( clean out the white vein and seeds)

2 1/2 tsp of salt

1 1/4 tsp of sugar

1 inch ginger

1 1/2 tbsp of ketchup

3 cups water

3 tbsp of seasoned vinegar

3 1/2 tbsp of vindaloo masala


Ingredients for the Spiced Goan Pork Poast | Goan Imports

* Wash the meat well and pat it dry with paper towel. Prick it with a fork all over. Apply  2 tsp of salt and keep aside.

* Grind ginger, garlic, green chilli, 1 tsp of sugar in 3 tbsp of vinegar. Please do not add any water.

* Add this ginger-garlic paste to 3 tbsp of vindaloo paste mix well and apply to the meat. (If you need u can use gloves to do this).  Refrigerate overnight well covered.

* Heat a pan with oil and sear/brown the meat on medium for 4-5 minutes on each side. Do not discard the marinated liquid.

* Take the meat out and clean the pot of all the burnt bits with a spoon. Add the meat back and pour in 3 cups water,the marinated liquid, 1/4 tsp of sugar, 1 1/2 tbsp of ketchup and salt to taste. Cover and cook on medium heat for 1hr and 45 minutes. Turning the meat every 10 minutes. The liquid will reduce and thicken with a bit of fat.


Goan Spiced Pork Roast | Goan Imports

* This step is optional if you like. This is how it is done in Goa. Cut the meat into nice thin slices and heat a pan add the fat from the gravy and fry each side for 3-4 minutes. Arrange the slices on a serving plate and pour the gravy on top or you can serve it on the side.

This pork roast is so flavorful you and your family will truly enjoy it a lot just as my family did.


Goan Spiced Pork Roast | Goan Imports

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66 Responses to “Goan Spiced Pork Roast”

  1. theundergroundgourmet December 21, 2013 at 7:25 am #

    Very nice recipe.

    • Nandini December 21, 2013 at 8:52 am #

      Thank you so much :-). Merry Christmas!

  2. dawnspitfire December 21, 2013 at 8:27 am #


    • Nandini December 21, 2013 at 9:22 am #

      Thanks Dawn :-). Loved you recipe of beef and cabbage soup. I love soups. Merry Christmas!

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    • Nandini December 26, 2013 at 8:44 am #

      Thanks Basblonde, I truly am honored by this :-). Merry Christmas

      • basblonde December 26, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

        You’re welcome!merry Christmas you too! Xx

  4. kamillej2014 December 15, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

    Pork is very cheap in Australia and I love a good roast. I did not think of having pork at Christmas because its always Turkey(we often have chicken)! Thanks for the excellent recipe and step by step. Fantastic!
    Skinny Jeans Mum

    • Nandini December 16, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

      You are so welcome and Thank You for your kind comment 🙂

  5. ljsummersgill January 5, 2015 at 10:51 pm #

    This looks incredible, I cannot wait to try it!

    • Nandini January 6, 2015 at 7:09 pm #

      Thank You. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did 🙂

  6. laroseedespetiteschoses January 7, 2015 at 7:11 pm #

    This dish looks so delicious, I will just have to try it next. Thank you for sharing. ❤

    • Nandini January 7, 2015 at 8:13 pm #

      Thank You and I am so happy you would want to give it a try 🙂

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  11. Linda Creation April 9, 2015 at 1:50 am #

    Uffffff Nandu terrific

  12. flynn14 April 9, 2015 at 7:03 am #

    Seriously Love anything spicy and this looks awesome! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and the like!!

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  20. eaglemac June 20, 2015 at 5:40 pm #

    Where can I get the vindalo masala? Online?

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  22. nikishamcintosh July 10, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

    This looks heavenly, I absolutely love pork 🙂

    • Nandini July 10, 2015 at 4:30 pm #

      Thank You so much Nikisha. That is so awesome 🙂

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    Salivating just looking at the photos!

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  29. lipikadey July 25, 2015 at 10:37 am #

    Fantastic recipe! Looks so doable from your post! Will try!

    • Nandini July 25, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

      Thank You Much. It is very easy. I hope you do 🙂

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  31. cbcburke9 August 8, 2015 at 11:55 am #

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  32. Lorraine August 11, 2015 at 12:55 pm #

    This pork sounds delicious!
    (Thanks for “Liking” my Book Reader’s Blog posts).

    • Nandini August 12, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

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  35. themrslett October 24, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

    Your pork roast shot looks great! I like the composition and lighting.

    • Nandini October 24, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

      Thank you so much. I appreciate your kind words 🙂

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