Pork mince can be used for different types of meals such as preparing meatballs, fillings for wonton soup, patties etc. Hence its versatile.
This recipe of adding greens in your everyday diet is a healthier choice. Pork mince goes very well with lettuce with a juicy intense flavor of sweetness, spiciness and tanginess. I would definitely make my lettuce wraps often as it is less time-consuming and also a great idea to make use of greens.
Preparation time – 15 minutes
Cooking time – 35 to 40 minutes
Pork Mince – 500 g
Lettuce – big bunch
Cumin / jeera seeds – 1 tsp
Onion – 1 large, finely chopped
Garlic cloves – 4 large, finely chopped
Ginger – 1 inc long, finely chopped, same quantity as garlic
Tomatoes – 2 medium, finely chopped
Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tbsp
Garam masala powder – 1 tsp
Pepper powder – 1 tsp
Chilli powder – 1 tbsp
Carrot – 70 g , medium size peeled and grated
Green / Red bell pepper (paprika) – small, finely chopped
Nandos Peri-Peri chili Sauce (mild) – 3 tbsp, choice of spice level
Tomato ketchup – 1 or 2 tbsp depending on sweetness
1 large Lime for garnish (RECOMMENDED), cut into quarter slices
Initially prepare the first 6 ingredients and leave the rest for later to save time.
1. Heat a large wide saucepan with olive oil on medium-high heat and toss in the cumin seeds. Fry for a minute then add onion and fry till translucent.
Meanwhile you can start preparing the carrot and peppers while the onions cook.
2. Add chopped garlic and ginger. Fry for a few seconds on medium-high until the raw smell goes away. Add chopped tomatoes and pinch of salt. Stir fry until the tomatoes get cooked and slightly mushy (adding salt makes the process of cooking tomatoes slightly faster).
3. Add mince pork and all the spices such as cumin, coriander, garam masala, pepper and chilli powder. Mix and stir-fry for 3 – 4 minutes on high heat turning them slightly brown.
4. Add nandos sauce, Mix. Toss in bell peppers and shredded carrots. Mix and Cook for another few minutes.
Lastly, drizzle some tomato ketchup. Mix well and let it soak in the juices for another 2 minutes. Turn off heat.
5. Clean and wash the lettuce leaves 5 to 7 large leaves or if the leaves are small combine 2 leaves. Dry them with a kitchen towel and spread the pork mince over the leaves.
Drizzle generous amount of lime over the minced pork and enjoy. Garnishing with lime gives it a distinct tangy, spicy and sweet flavor which I really enjoyed.
Serve it as a side with rice or have it as an appetizer.