The Goan lamb vindaloo is a classic recipe of lamb curry which is an exemplary outcome of culinary amalgamation of two cultures – Indian and Portuguese! It is a must-have!
If you are looking for a delicious lamb curry recipe with all goodness of Indian flavors but at the same time has a global appeal, then this classic lamb vindaloo is the answer to your query! Lamb vindaloo is a fusion recipe originated in the state of Goa which was ruled Portuguese colonies since early sixteenth century and hence this recipe of lamb vindaloo turned out to be an outstanding union of Indo-Portuguese flavors. Wiki says that the Goan Vindaloo has been derived from the Portuguese carne de vinha d’alhos which literally means “meat (usually pork) in garlic wine marinade“. Eventually it was “Indianized” by the local Goan cooks by substituting red wine with wine or palm vinegar, and the addition of dried red chili peppers with other flavorful Indian spices. Finally, it evolved into the localized and easy-to-pronounce dish “vindaloo“. I must admit that this lamb vindaloo is one of the best lamb curries I have had which must be the result of culinary infusion mastered by enumerable experienced chefs since historical times!
Traditionally vindaloo is made with pork but since pork is not very popular in my household, I made lamb vindaloo which turned out really mind-blowing. Vindaloo is not a recipe for lean meat, so use meat with high fat content; if you are thinking about the calorie, then my note would be that this pork or lamb vindaloo is not a regular dish which you will eat frequently, so indulgence once in a while is not very harmful if you are maintaining a healthy lifestyle on a regular basis. Lamb vindaloo is best enjoyed with plain white rice. I would not recommend pairing lamb vindaloo with biryani or polao as the flavorful gravy of the vindaloo tastes best with plain white rice which acts like a blank canvas and soaks up all the delicious flavors beautifully. Lamb vindaloo would be an ideal dish to serve to your guests if you are planning a house party and the party season is just about to start! What right timing!