Indian Spiced Roast Pork with Yellow Curry Cucumber Raita – a tender, juicy and very flavourful roast centre loin of pork that has been marinated and roasted in selected Indian spices, then served with a creamy yogurt based raita.
A nicely roasted, simply seasoned, center loin of pork always makes for a great dinner and depending on the size of the roast you use can easily be a workable weekday meal. This one was exactly that but with a huge flavor boost. We rubbed the outside of the entire roast in a mixture of Indian spices that were worked into a paste. We left the pork loin to marinate in the spice rub overnight and then just popped it into the oven after work. The yogurt for the raita was drained overnight as well so that could be made quickly as the pork loin roasted.
A load or two of laundry later and with some quick couscous as a side dish along with that warmly spiced , creamy cucumber raita and another delicious dinner was on the table. This is another recipe that proves that with as little as 10 minutes the previous evening, the stress of weekday dinners is easily dissipated.
Thos recipe is also terrific to use, thinly sliced, inside flatbreads with salad fixings and the creamy raita, Delicious hot or cold! Keep it in mind for leftovers too.
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- 3 lb center loin pork roast
- 4 clove finely minced garlic
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
- 4 tsp ground ginger
- 4 tbsp garam masala
- 2 tbsp yellow curry powder
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- lemon juice enough to bring the rest of the ingredients together into a paste
- 6 inch piece of English cucumber
- 3 cups yogurt drained
- 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh chives
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp yellow curry powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- pinch salt and pepper to season
Rub the spice paste evenly all over the outside of the pork roast.
Cover and leave to marinate for an hour or tow or overnight.
Roast uncovered, on a roasting rack in a 375 degree F oven for 30 minutes and then reduce the heat to 350 degrees and roast until the internal temperature reaches 150-165 degrees F.
I like my pork pretty well done but still juicy so I tend to go toward the upper end of the scale. Let the roast rest for 5- 10 minutes before carving and serving.
Draining the yogurt removes much of the liquid and produces an end product about the consistency of thick sour cream. To drain the yogurt, line a colander with several layers of cheesecloth (or in a pinch, several large coffee filterPour the yogurt into the colander and place it in a large bowl or in the sink for an hour or two. this should produce about 2 cups of thick yogurt.
Peel the piece of cucumber and remove the seeds and pulp at the center with a teaspoon, then dice the outside flesh of the cucumber into small cubes of 1/8 inch or less.
Add all of the remaining ingredients for the raita along with the drained yogurt.
Mix well, cover and store in the fridge for at least a half hour before serving.