Wahan Mosdeng Or Chilli Pork

Pork is one of the key ingredients used in East Indian Cuisine, especially in the state of Tripura. Wild boars and pigs are found in abundance, in the jungles of Tripura, and hunting is a popular means of bringing food home for most of the tribal communities in the state. Wahan Mosdeng or Chilli Pork is a dry dish, without gravy, that is absolutely brilliant as a snack. It can also be cooked with gravy to eat alongside the staple food of the region - white rice.

Ingredients required for Wahan Mosdeng or Chilli Pork

Here is a list of the ingredients you need to get started:

• Pork - 1 Kg
• Onions - 5
• Green Chillies - 25
• Ginger - 150 Grams
• Coriander Leaves - 50 Grams
• Salt
• Oil

Now, don't be alarmed by the number of chillies being used in Wahan Mosdeng or Chilli Pork. It is, after all, a lot of meat but if you are still uncomfortable with the number of chillies, feel free to reduce the heat according to your palate.

Preparing the Ingredients for cooking

• Cut the pork into small to medium sized pieces
• Chop the onions
• Peel the ginger and chop it fine
• Cut off the stems of the chillies and puncture each chilli with a knife

If you want, you can also remove the seeds from the chillies by rolling it between your hands, before cutting the stem off. Then, simply cut off the top and invert the chilli while rubbing it gently - this should get the seeds out and reduce the heat.

Let's start cooking our Wahan Mosdeng or Chilli Pork

While you can also cook this dish with gravy, this recipe is to make it completely dry but we will tell you how to cook it so that you end up with delicious gravy if required.

• In a pressure cooker, add about half a litre of water
• Add salt, about half of the chopped ginger, about four tablespoons of chopped onions and add the pork
• Close the lid and cook for about 4 to 5 whistles, or 20-minutes, or until the pork is soft and cooked
• In a separate pan, roast the chillies and leave them aside to cool
• Once the pressure cooker has cooled down, use a sieve to separate the pork from the water and cut into smaller pieces
• Grind the roasted chillies with a mortar & pestle and create a paste - add a few drops of water if required but make it as fine a paste as possible
• Place the pork in a bowl, add the chilli paste, the remaining ginger, onions and coriander leaves and mix well to coat the pork-pieces nicely
• Serve with white-rice or bread

In terms of cooking, Wahan Mosdeng or Chilli Pork requires very little technique and as long as the pork is cooked through, you don't need to do much. That said, keep the chilli in mind and manage the heat-content as per your taste, and you should be able to enjoy Wahan Mosdeng or Chilli Pork in the way locals in Tripura do - even with a nice tipple maybe!

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