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Monday, February 27, 2012

Pork and Carrot Curry

David and I love to cook and we are fans of bold flavors.  Asian, Greek, Italian, Indian.....we love them all. Cooking Light magazine and Clean Eating Magazine have been sources of inspiration for me lately as I have been adding new recipes to try.  As a result, we are eating better and healthier.  

The pork and carrot curry recipe in the January/February issue of Clean Eating Magazine caught my eye as something that we had to try.    I had planned to make it for dinner on Friday night; but by the time I drove home in the sleet,  I was not in the mood to cook.   I gathered the spices, prepared the pork and stuck it in the fridge to marinate until Saturday night.   The only change to the recipe itself that I made was that I used smoked paprika instead of plain paprika.  The curry was so flavorful.  It was spicy without being hot.  It was absolutely perfect for a cold, snowy night.

The recipe said that it served four.   I planned to measure my portion; but David and Connor have large appetites and I was concerned that we wouldn't have enough for everyone to be satisfied.  I thought some basmati rice would make a great addition to the curry so we served it with the curry along with naan on the side.  With the addition of the rice and the naan, it was plenty for the three of us.  I was actually able to save about one serving (1 1/2 cups) and I know it will make a delicious left over lunch.   The magazine lists the calorie count for the curry as 289 for the 1 1/2 cup serving.  I had 1/4 cup of basmati rice which came in at about 160 calories.  If you are counting Weight Watchers points, I got a total of 11 points plus - 7 for the curry and 4 for the rice.   I didn't have any naan and I am satisfied.  I'm not hungry nor am I miserably stuffed.   We will definitely be having this one again.

Pork and Carrot Curry
Adapted from Clean Eating Magazine January/February Edition

1/2 cup Greek yogurt
3 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
1 lb. pork tenderloin, trimmed of visible fat and cut into 1 inch cubes
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 yellow onion, halved and cut into thin wedges
14 1/2 oz. chopped tomatoes and their juices
10 oz. small fingerling potatoes, scrubbed well and halved lengthwise
3 carrots, peeled and cut into sticks
chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish

Combine yogurt with ginger, garlic, coriander, cumin, smoked paprika, turmeric, salt and ground cayenne pepper.  Mix well.  Add pork cubes and stir to combine.  Cover and place the coated pork in the refrigerator and marinate overnight.   When ready to cook, pull pork from the fridge and let sit at room temperature while you prepare the other ingredients.

In a large pan with a tight fitting lid, heat oil on low.  Add onion and saute, stirring constantly for one minute.  Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft but not brown, about 5 minutes.

Add pork and all of the marinade to the pan. Stir in tomatoes with their juices, 1/2 cup water, potatoes and carrots.  Increase heat to medium, cover and simmer until pork is cooked through and potatoes and carrots are tender. Garnish with cilantro and serve immediately.

I hope you get a chance to try this.  I am already looking forward to making it again.


  1. Although I just adore curries, I don't make them very often. Maybe it's that I never find the recipes?? Or maybe it's just cause there are too many recipes I want to try out there! lol This will be on that list of things to try for sure!

  2. What gorgeous colors, aromas and flavors!!! It looks so enticing ... :)

  3. I'd love that on a cold snowy night, I'd like it anytime it looks so good, nice and hearty. Great flavors!

  4. that looks so tasty I can't stand it...now I have to go make lunch@

  5. wow! This is so different and creative! I love the curry with the flavor of carrot! YUM!

  6. You know I love all things curry! I bet this would be great with tofu or some chickpeas. It sounds so packed full of flavor and nutrients!

  7. Smoked paprika is the best. Its flavor is so bold and out of the ordinary! This is a beautiful dish Candace, we have again for the third time snow here in Athens, so I guess such a dish would definitely be ideal for today!

  8. Mmm, sounds so delicious! Curry is such comfort food. The smoked paprika was probably a great addition!

  9. I have never heard of this magazine but the dish sounds tasty.

  10. i love smoked paprika, transfers any dish instantly! the colors look just lovely.


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