Dave's Laksadaisical Pork and Rice
Meat: (for two people)
400-500g pork pieces, finely cut
Sauce: This makes enough for two to three meals. I make up one batch and iceblock the remainder for later use
Toast 2 generous teaspoons cumin seed and 2 generous teaspoons coriander seed lightly, and bruise thoroughly/grind lightly.
Place in a blender, or in a bowl for hand blending, and add
Zest of 1/2 lemon
(For two people) heat a cup of long grain white rice and a half teaspoon of salt in a heavy base pan while you wait for the kettle to boil. Keep the rice moving. Add 1.5 cups of boiling water, turn heat to low and cover the pan. Water should have evaporated and rice be fluffy and cooked in about 15 minutes or so.
Sear the pork in a little oil until brown (all right, creamy beige) on both sides. Turn down the heat and stir/fry gently for a few minutes until mostly cooked. Add about a third to a half of the sauce mix and continue to cook on a lowish heat until you can no longer detect the raw onion in the sauce. The sauce will evaporate some. You may wish to add a little water if it starts to stick or look drier than you want. Remember, it's being eaten with fluffy white rice so you need a reasonably liquid sauce.
Serve over fluffy white rice.
Coconut Cream Not all coconut cream is created equal. If you look at the nutritional info in the microprint on the back of the can you will see fat content ranging from 5% through 25%. It is the latter end you want.
Chilli Powder You know your local supplier and you know how much chilli you use for a meal for your family. I have superhot chilli, and I use very small amounts. Americans typically add their "chilli powder" by the tablespoon, as it is mostly oregano and paprika. (I would personally not use oregano anywhere near this recipe. It is swell with beans and tomato.)
Spice Grinding. I use a dedicated electric coffee grinder which I picked up in a hospice shop for $5. Once you have ground spice in an electric grinder it will never do for coffee again, ever. I also use a thrice fired mortar and pestle which I made myself when I was a stoneware potter, but you can get these at many Asian or Indian shops. Even some kitchen supply shops, though you can pay through the nose at these.