Tindaloo curry, also known as vindaloo curry, is a popular dish in Indian cuisine that originated in the Goa region of western India. The name “vindaloo” is derived from the Portuguese dish “carne de vinha d’alhos,” which means meat marinated in wine and garlic. The origins of vindaloo can be traced back to the 15th century when Portuguese explorers arrived in Goa, which was then a Portuguese colony. The Portuguese introduced their culinary traditions to the local Goan population, and over time, the local cuisine started to incorporate Portuguese ingredients and cooking techniques. Traditionally, vindaloo was made with pork, which was marinated in wine (typically red wine or vinegar) and garlic. The marinade helped to preserve the meat in the tropical climate of Goa. The dish was further spiced up with a blend of Indian spices such as cumin, coriander, turmeric, and chilli peppers. Over the years, vindaloo curry became popular not only in Goa but also in other parts of India and abroad. As it gained popularity, variations of vindaloo emerged, including the Tindaloo curry. Tindaloo is a spicier version of vindaloo, known for its intense heat and fiery flavours. The name “Tindaloo” likely came about as a mispronunciation or variation of the original Portuguese term “vinha d’alhos.” In modern times, Tindaloo curry has become a staple on many Indian restaurant menus around the world. It is known for its bold and spicy flavour profile, typically made with a combination of meat (such as chicken, lamb, or pork), vinegar, garlic, ginger, and a generous amount of chilli peppers or chilli powder. The dish often includes other spices and ingredients such as onions, tomatoes, and various aromatic spices to create a complex and richly flavoured curry. It’s important to note that while Tindaloo curry is known for its spiciness, the level of heat can vary depending on the recipe and the cook’s preference. Some versions of Tindaloo can be extremely hot, while others may have a milder spice level to suit different palates.
Serves 6-8 people.
Gluten Free. Vegetarian. Vegan.