Sri Lankan Style Pork Curry

650g pork – cut into small chunks
1 onion – sliced
3 garlic cloves – sliced
Small piece of ginger – chopped
3 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons black pepper powder
1 teaspoon Sri Lankan raw curry powder
¼ teaspoon turmeric
6 - 8 curry leaves
1 x 2.5cm cinnamon stick
4 cardamom pods - split
4 clove – crushed
3 tablespoons oil
3 cups water
Salt to taste

In a medium size bowl, mix chili powder, black pepper powder, Sri Lankan raw curry powder, turmeric & salt with pork pieces and keep it aside.
Heat the oil in a large saucepan in medium heat.
When oil is hot add garlic & ginger, fry it for 1- 2 minutes.
Then add onions and fry it till it’s gets light brown.
Now you can add all the dry spices and fry it nearly for 2minutes.
Add the marinated pork chunks and fry it for nearly 15 minutes on both sides.
After it’s fried, add water, stir the curry and keep the curry on high heat for nearly 15 minutes.
Now the gravy should be little bit thick, so change the heat into medium and again keep it for nearly 15 minutes
Off the heat & taste for salt.

You can have any kind of rice, bread, roti, noodles or what ever you like most.

1. It’s good if you can keep the pork chunks after mixing with spices (to marinate) nearly 15 – 20 minutes.
2. If you don’t like to fry the onions (Temper the onions & garlic with dry spices), you can add all the ingredients and mix together, and cook. (Can ski the first 5 steps.)
3. Also if you don’t like to fry the pork chunks, just skip the 6th step.



  1. This is an excellent site you have got going. Im away from home and only just getting into a bit of sri lankan cooking. Can you tell me though, I bought two types of curry powder from sri lanka after my recent trip. Which one should i use with the pork? the roasted or the normal?

  2. Thank you for your encouragement.
    In pork curry, I have used mormal (raw)( curry power. But if you like you can use very small amount of roasted curry power too.
    Good luck with the recipe :-)

  3. These are VERY GOOD recipes... please keep this up... it's going to be the best Sri Lankan cooking site on the net if you keep going. The first days are the hardest days, but people will find out! We really appreciate this.

  4. Hi Brett,
    Thanks you very much for your encouragement. I´ll do my best. thanks for the comment again.
    BTW, Did you try this recipe too???

  5. Fantastic presentation Cham. I love to experiment cooking....from the early age when I was a scout at STCG I started to cook and upto now I enjoy cooking especially by taste and not following any recepes but since I have seen your demostration, I am excited. Porobably I may use a little bit of roasted curry powder from larch and some raw jaffna curry powder. Well presented Cham. Thanks again. God bless..wilson

  6. Hey there,

    We tried your pork curry recipe and the parippu recipe today. Both of them came out great! Which is something because this was the first time I tried cooking pork. My wife was quite impressed. :) Thanks for the good work and keep it up!

    - Asanka

  7. Thank you for sharing your great cooking recipes with us. We are watching you from UAE.

    Kanch and sanda

  8. katata kella unnanawa!!!

  9. Hi Chamari,
    Thank you very much for your web site. I have just started to learn cooking & I learnt lot from you. I have tried many of your recipes & it came out really nicely.
    Waiting to see more of your new recipes. Thanks again.

  10. Thank you for a brilliant site. I only came across it while on google search to make Lunu Miris and I am reading and viewing all the other recipes. I will let you know when I try cooking them.

  11. hi chamari...
    keep it up the good work. i just got married n left sri lanka with my husband. when i was with my parents i never tried cooking. now the time has come to learn. unfortunatly i dont have any SL friends or relativies around to ask how to cook different SL curries.
    i had a google search n came across with your web site.

    i really feel lazy to read recipies and try them. but watching your vedio clips make me motivating n i have tried some of your dishes. they were so tasty.

    thou i knew the ingredients to put for different different curries truly i didnt know the correct time to use it. sometimes not only my husband even i couldnt eat what i cook.

    so thank u once again n keep up the good work.


    best wishes..

  12. Hey Chamari,

    I had no time to look at the video, but wrote down the recipy but find that you have not listed out vinegar or Gambooge. Anything else left out?


  13. Chamari

    I have tried my hand at cooking now and again and I have never been able to get the real taste of Sri Lankan Poke Curry. I tried your's and found it very very near to what I was used to. I like the way you explain the process in your video. Thank you very much. Please keep doing the good work you are doing for the likes of us

  14. Good old Sri Lankans pork curry... finally! I tried this recipe and the curry came out delicious. My folks simply loved it. Keep up the good work.

  15. Hi Chamari,

    Thank u very much for doing a well needed job excellently! Let the world know our unique Sri Lankan taste! I live in Cyprus with my family and find this site really useful to satisfy my cravings for traditional SL food. Your simple and modest way of explaining really make me feel at home. Keep up the good work dear. All the best to you!

  16. Thank you for the wonderful recipe! I am an American girl that is married to a Sri Lankan and have been learning how to cook for him! This recipe was great! Thanks!! I will definitely be coming back to this site for more recipes!

  17. hi,

    Aiyo amaruwen english kata nokara danna sinhalen explain karanam iwarane.

  18. roast da chilly powder a will be awsmeeee....

  19. Made this today, bloody amazing, fantastic..thank you so much for the recipe :)...

  20. Hi,

    I just moved overseas and it has been so hard to learn how to cook srilankan food. I was even given a srilankan cook book but my recipes still weren't coming out right.

    I am so glad I found this website! I have tried the ala thel and the pork curry and they both turned out great! Thank you so much for putting your videos up!

    I will defintely be trying more recipes in the future!


  21. What kind of pork cut do you tend to use? Belly Pork???

  22. Hi Chamari, I was surfing net for pork curry and found this site. I am going to try this today for the first time. Will let you know how it turns out. :) Thanx for the recipe its very helpful. Bless you.- Cyndi

  23. Dear Chamari, I really appreciate your efforts in sharing your cooking knowledge on some great Sri Lankan recipes.This I am sure not only benefits Sri lankans but foreigners who love Sri lankan food. Thank you so much. Keep up the good work. Could you please show how to make hoppers if possible.

  24. Great, thank you for sharing!!!!

  25. Why do people need to find fault in everything? Appreciate what she is doing please. I admire her speaking in English. This is not her mother tongue. By speaking in English she caters to a bigger audience. Great job Chamari.

  26. Just Finished making this curry. Came out really well. Thanks Chamari. Keep up the good work. Btw I added bit of Tamarind to your recipe

  27. Hi Chamari, I tried your pork curry recipe and it was really yummy! I added a bit of coconut milk out of habit. Do you have a recipe for any kos dishes? I got some frozen kos from an indian shop and cant wait to have a taste of home :) Thanks for putting up these recipes.

  28. I had this for lunch today, yummy

  29. Hi,

    Tks for excellent recipe. Keep up the good work. All my friends loved the black pork curry. Thank you so very much.

    Bregds.....Asiri - Melbourne - Australia

  30. This recipe never fails, everyone loves it. Today I used chicken instead of pork, and it looks just as good. Thanks for sharing, I always come back to it!

  31. I wanted to try and experiment with cooking international food at home. I came across this website and tried preparing this pork curry. It turned out great and i will be attempting many more of these recipies. Thanks for sharing!

    Also, ignore all of the rude and annoying comments. These detailed, time consuming recipies look great!


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