Coconut Pork Stew With Garam Masala
Pairs Well With
2 ½ pounds boneless pork butt (fat trimmed), or pork stew meat, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, more to taste
1 ½ teaspoons garam masala
½ teaspoon cayenne
½ cup dried yellow split peas
2 ½ tablespoons coconut oil
1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
1 cinnamon stick
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 serrano or jalapeño pepper, minced
1 26- to 28-ounce can or package diced tomatoes
1 cup coconut milk, solids and liquid whisked together
Chopped cilantro, for garnish
FOR THE GARLIC-COCONUT OIL, FOR
⅓ cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
3 hot red or green chiles, halved lengthwise, seeds scraped out with a spoon
Overnight preparation: In a large bowl, combine the pork with the cumin, salt, garam masala and cayenne. Cover and refrigerate. Cover the split peas with boiling water to cover by 2 inches, and let soak. Drain before adding to the stew as directed below.
Heat oven to 325 degrees.
Heat oil in large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté for 8 minutes, or until tender and golden brown. Add cinnamon stick, garlic and jalapeño. Saute for 5 minutes, until the jalapeño is tender. Add the pork and any juices from the bowl and sauté until lightly browned all over, about 7 minutes.
Stir in tomatoes, split peas and coconut milk and season with more salt, to taste. The pork should just be covered by liquid. If it’s not, add a little water until it is. Bring to a simmer over high heat.
Once the mixture is simmering briskly, cover Dutch oven, and place in oven for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until split peas are tender and pork is falling apart and cooked through.
Meanwhile, prepare the garlic coconut oil: In a small saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add mustard seeds. Once they begin popping, add garlic and chiles, and fry until edges of garlic turn golden brown. Immediately remove pan from heat and reserve. (Do not allow entire garlic cloves to brown or they will taste bitter.)
Serve warm, drizzled with garlic coconut oil and garnished with chopped cilantro