Friday, May 13

Garam Masala Pork Chops

I wanted to try something new my pork chops and I have a variety of spices in my kitchen drawer. Was thinking about beer marinade but why not try the garam masala recipe instead. Oh what the heck!

Never mind the couscous on the pork chops; will share the recipe next time!

Garam masala is not a form of salt... it's actually a combination of spices created by Indians. Consisted of more than 10 different spices; they are not as pungent as the Chinese five spice though. Adding some of them into curry or any Desi dishes will make the dish even more flavourful! I've also recently discovered that adding cumin seeds to boiled rice make the rice even more aromatic and appealing.


Difficulty level: 10%
Preparation time: 30mins-1 hour for marinade; 20 minutes for cooking
  • pork chops cutlets
  • garam masala powder
  • smoked paprika powder
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste

  1. Season the pork chops with 2 tablespoons of garam masala on each side and one tablepoon of paprika on each side. Add some salt and pepper and then rub the finely chopped garlic around the cutlets.
  2. Let it marinade for half an hour or so.
  3. For quick cooking, pop the pork chops into the microwave and cook them for 6 minutes.
  4. Heat up the pan, real hot. Then brown each side of the pork chop, about 2 minutes on each side but don't overcook the pork.
  5. Take them out and they're ready to be served.

The pork chops will become moist and succulent after the microwave cooking process. In the name of speed-cooking, I use this method. But the best way is always to brown both sides of the pork (middle part remained uncooked) then add water to the pan and create a sauce to go with the pork chops. Slow cooking the pork chops in the sauce will soften the meat but that will take more than 40 minutes to perform. Enjoy!

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