I may have mentioned before that while growing up on the islands mom never made any sort of curry dishes with pork, so I credit my aunt Victoria (I speak about her in my book) for passing the basics of this recipe on to me, when I lived with her during my early years in Canada. Her version included a bit more cooking (I like my beans with a slight crunch) and a little heavier on the curry, so this version of curry pork with green beans is personalized to my liking.
1 lb pork (cubed)
1 heaping tablespoon Caribbean green seasoning
2 tablespoon curry powder
1/2 scotch bonnet pepper
4 cloves garlic
1 shallot (or small onion)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tomato (diced)
1 teaspoon ketchup
1 teaspoon grated ginger
2 cups water
1 1/2 lbs green beans (trimmed)
Note: If doing this recipe gluten free, please go through the entire list of ingredients to ensure the meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs – especially the curry powder which could contain flour as a filler.
Start but cutting the pork (use a cheap cut with a bit of marbling) into 1 inch pieces, wash (with lemon or lime juice and water – not mentioned in the ingredient list) and drain. Now season with the salt, black pepper, tomato, Caribbean green seasoning, ketchup, grated ginger and scotch bonnet pepper (don’t use any seeds nor white membrane surrounding the seeds – that’s where it’s most hot). Stir well and allow to marinate for an hour or two.
It’s now time to heat the oil in a pan (I like using a non stick pan when cooking curry so I can use less oil) on low heat, then go in with the crushed garlic and sliced shallot. Cook on low for 3 minutes, then add the curry powder and cook another 4 minutes. This will toast the spices which makes up a curry blend and allow for a wicked base of flavors.
Turn up the heat to medium/high and add the marinated pieces of pork. Yes, it’s ok if the marinade goes into the pan as well. Stir well, turn down to medium, lid closed and cook for 10 minutes. It will spring its own natural juices. Stir every 3-4 minutes.
As the pork cooks, you can trim your beans (use french beans, string beans or bodi aka yard beans if you wish).. trim off the ends (discard) and cut into 1 to 1.5 inch pieces.
To infuse the pieces of pork with that lovely curry flavor, it’s now time to remove the lid, turn up the heat and burn off all accumulated liquid.
In the same bowl you marinated the pork, add the two cups of water to pick up any remaining marinade. Now add that water to the pan and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer/rolling boil and cook for 25 minutes (lid slightly ajar).
At this point you should add the beans of choice and stir well. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes (as mentioned I like my beans with a bit of texture) or until the beans are tender to your liking. If you’re using bodi it may take a bit longer to cook.
You can cook off any remaining liquid, but I usually like the bit of gravy to go with my hot steamed rice or sada roti. Remember to taste for salt and adjust according as I find the salt we seasoned the pork with is enough for my liking. To add a bit of color to the dish you can add a bit of diced tomatoes after you turn off the stove – the residual heat will warm that through nicely.