This week, Safeway stores in the SF bay area are featuring Pork Loin on sale for $1.99 a pound. This sale lasts from Sept 19 through Sept 21, while stocks last. If you were ever curious about Pork Loin, or wanted to experiment with the same, now would be the time, and at the price to do so.
It is a misconception that Pork does not feature in Indian repertoire. While MOST Indians do not eat pork for religious reasons, there is a small percentage of the Indian population that relishes pork. In the south of India, and among the Indian catholic communities, pork is viewed as a delicacy. You will find many recipes from the states of Goa, Karnataka and Kerala that use pork in roasts, curries and more.
Pork loin is low in Sodium. It is also a good source of Vitamin B6 and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Protein, Thiamin, Niacin and Selenium. Click here for more nutritional information about Pork Loin.
Among the various ways of cooking pork loin, roasting has to be the easiest method. Being a very lean cut of meat, the loin tends to dry out in the oven when cooking. The best way to overcome this is to brine the pork. A brine is a simple solution of sugar, salt and water. A brine’s flavor can be enhanced by the addition of spices and herbs, and these flavors will seep into the meat. Allowing the pork to brine for anywhere from 8 to 24 hours will result in a juicy succulent roast.
Before putting the loin in the oven to roast, it is recommended to coat the surface of the meat with a spice or a herb crust. An interesting Indian spice blend for this application would be the Panch Phoron spice blend. This blend is a combination of 5 different spices (Panch phoron literally means five spices) and is used extensively in North Eastern, Bengali and Bangladesh cuisines. It is a combination of fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds (or kalonji), fennel seeds, cumin seeds and mustard seeds). This spice blend is found at most local Indian grocery stores, and combines beautifully with roasted pork loin. For those who do not have an Indian spice store in close proximity, this blend can be procured online at this spice purveyor called Zamouri Spices.
So give Roasted Pork Loin a try this week. By adding an Indian twist to the dish, it promises for a very tasty dinner. And at a special price of $1.99 per pound at your local Safeway stores, there is no better time than now to do so.
A full recipe and cooking video for Roasted Pork Loin with the Panch Phoron spice blend can be found at the author’s website, www.beyondcurry.com.