“There is poetry in a pork chop to a hungry man.” – Philip Gibbs
After a lot of trial and error, I zeroed in on to this simple yet very effective recipe for pork chops – no dicing of onions etc. etc.in fact the balance of taste in this dish – sweet, tangy and spicy depends wholly on the obvious flavours of the sauces that work so well with the chops – as simple as that! The colour of the chops is a result of all the beautiful sauces you’ve added and it just surprises you!!
This dish has found a place in our home – one of our favourites and we love cooking this dish for our dear friends as well. My best friend- Sunita, her mother and her daughter Sunaina happened to drop in for dinner. We were meeting after such a long time. There was so much to share, talking and laughing non-stop – from one topic to the next and to the next, till it was time to serve dinner- a simple meal with these utterly delicious pork chops. They just loved the chops. It was such a beautiful evening. I promised them I’d share the recipe – so here goes…..
- Pork chops -1 kg
- Ginger- garlic paste -2 tbsp
- Tomato sauce -1/2 cup
- Chilli powder-2 tbsp
- Soya sauce – 3 tbsp
- Worcestershire sauce -2 tbsp
- Barbeque sauce- 1/2 cup
- Brown sugar -3-4 tbsp
- Pepper – 2 tbsp
- Salt to taste
- Mint leaves – a few (8-10)
- Baby potatoes and glazed carrots ( optional) – to garnish
- Wash the pork chops well and pat dry.
- Smear some salt and pepper on both sides and keep aside for 5-10 minutes.
- Heat butter and sear both the sides, each side taking 3-5 minutes .
- In a pressure cooker take the seared chops and add all the remaining ingredients except baby potatoes and carrots. Mix well.
- Place the cooker on a high flame till the first whistle.
- Lower the flame and let the pork chops cook for another 12-15 minutes.
- Turn off the flame and open the pressure cooker after 15 minutes.
- Your pork chops is ready.
- Garnish with fried baby potatoes and glazed baby carrots if available.
- Serve with Hot garlic bread.
- I always mix lean pork and fatty pork so that there is a balance.
- Sriracha sauce can be added instead of chilli powder and tomato sauce.
- Mint leaves can be omitted if you do like the flavour of mint.
- Once the chops are cooked, it should be handled carefully otherwise chances of the meat pulling apart from the bone is high.
- If you want it more spicy you could add more pepper powder.
- Other than using butter for searing the pork chops, no butter or oil is added while cooking the chops.
- You could caramelise some pineapple cubes and add it to the pork chops.
- This dish serves 6-8 people.
Till my next post,