Friday, December 20, 2013

Pork, Potato and Garbanzo Curry Stew!

I made up this recipe because I wanted something that reminded me of a pork and garbanzo stew my abuelita and mami used to make. I had no idea how they made it but I remembered it had garbanzos and some sort of pork. I wasn't sure about the potatoes but I knew if I added potatoes, then that would make it thicker. I also remembered that tomatoes were involved but not sure how so I decided to add a can of diced tomatoes for the hell of it. Then I decided that maybe I should add some curry to spice it up. My mom and granny didn't use curry but I figured why not. I made it and it came out wonderful. It can also be made vegetarian without the pork. But pork is delicious. Here is how I made.

I used 4-5 small potatoes, one medium onion, 3 cloves of garlic, a can of garbanzo beans, a can of diced tomatoes, curry powder to taste, white wine, chicken broth and a pork shoulder chop. You can use any type of pork but that's what I had in the freezer. 

Start by browning the pork in a heavy pan with a little oil. 

Once the pork is browned, add some minced onion and garlic. Also add a splash of white wine. I think I added about 1/2 cup or so. Also add about a tablespoon of curry sauce.  It really depends how spicy you want it. You can skip the curry sauce as well and just add more spice like garlic or onion powder. 

Add about 3-4 cups of chicken broth. And let the pork cook for about an hour so it get tender. 

Once the pork is done, take it out and shred it or cut into little cubes. Put it back into the pot with the broth and then add the potatoes (cut into chunks), the can of tomatoes and the garbanzo beans. Taste and add spices as necessary. Then let it cook for another hour on low heat so the potatoes get tender. I also like smashing some of the potatoes when they are tender to add starchiness to the stew. It will thicken up nicely if you do that. 

That's it. This is a delicious  spicy stew that is perfect for the wintertime. I serve mine with a little Naan bread. I can't believe that I actually almost recreated the recipe I loved as a child. It might taste a little different but it certainly comforts me like it used to. 

Buen Provecho! 


  1. you had me at garbonzo bean! I want to try this with something vegan...i only like chicken, but that wouldn't give a good flavor...I am all for trying something new for new years!!

    1. I first made this as a vegetarian dish. It definitely doesn't need the pork. Ad it would work well with chicken!