Sri Lankan Black Pork Curry gets its name from the ground black pepper used in the marinade. It is a dish made with tamarind, and I used a Moroccan spice blend so it’s not 100% Sri Lankan but tasty just the same. I also added some ingredients to lift the color a bit. The flavor hasn’t changed, it has a wonderful tart and peppery flavor. A really nice Sunday evening meal, try it with some plain boiled potatoes or white rice.

Sri Lankan Black Pork Curry

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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Passive Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 9 hours 15 minutes
Degree of Difficulty : Easy
Servings: 4 people
Tip : The pork should be marinated for 8 hours, or overnight for best results.


  • 1 1/2 lb pork shoulder or picnic roast cut into 1" cubes
  • kosher salt



  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • 1/2 tsp Asian chili sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 3 cloves garlic grated
  • 2-3 whole bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp sugar or more to taste


Gather all ingredients before starting the recipe.


    • Cut pork into 1" cubes and season on all sides.
    • Mix marinade ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine.
    • Transfer pork to a plastic resealable bag and add marinade mixture. Seal bag and then work the marinade onto all pork surfaces so the pork is completely covered. Refrigerate for 8 hours, or over night.


    • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a deep sauté pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the bay leaves, ground ginger and onions and sauté until the onions become soft, about 4-5 minutes.
    • Add the grated garlic, tomato paste, Thai red curry paste, the Asian chili sauce and stir to combine and sauté for another minute.
    • Add the marinated pork and the sugar and stir to combine.
    • Bring to a fast simmer, then reduce heat medium low to a gentle simmer, cover and cook for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the pork is fork tender.


    • Serve with plain boiled potatoes or basmati rice.

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