Yoghurt Marinated Pork Kebabs

Yoghurt Marinated Pork Kebabs

This recipe is vaguely Indian in spirit, although not based on any particular dish. Marinating meats with Yoghurt and Spices is common Indian culinary technique, but, here, the aromatics are kept really simple and include just Turmeric, Paprika, and a little Salt and Parsley. After grilling, the skewers may be served as an appetizer, as pictured above, or as a meat dish to be served with rice, noodles, and other accompaniments.

Ingredient Notes

In this recipe, I am using my own Homemade Turmeric Paste. You can substitute this with a commercial paste, or with an equal amount of powdered Turmeric.

The Method

Pork marinating with Turmeric and Salt
Pork marinating with Turmeric Paste and Salt

Put the meat in a bowl and rub the salt into the pieces. Add one half of the Turmeric paste and rub this in as well. You may wish to use gloves to do this, or else use a stainless-steel spoon or something, as the Turmeric really stains whatever it touches. Let the mix sit for a good 30 minutes or so.

Pork marinating with Yoghurt and Spices
Pork marinating with Yoghurt and Spices

Now, add the yoghurt, the paprika and parsley, and the remaining turmeric and mix well. Allow it all to marinate for at least two hours or overnight.

Yoghurt Marinated Pork on Skewers ready for Grilling
Yoghurt Marinated Pork on Skewers ready for Grilling

Thread the meat cubes onto skewers, leaving a little space between each, and reserves any remaining marinade for basting as the skewers are cooked.

Grilling Yoghurt Marinated Pork Kebabs
Grilling Yoghurt Marinated Pork Kebabs

You can grill the skewers on the barbecue, shallow fry in a pan, or do as I did and use a ridged grill pan. Cook at medium heat, turning when needed and basting with the remaining marinade, until the pork is cooked all the way through and nicely browned. Allow to rest for 5 minutes or so and then plate and serve.

Yoghurt Marinated Pork Kebabs served over Rice
Yoghurt Marinated Pork Kebabs served over Rice

Here, you can see kebabs served over rice with peas and cashews flavored with a little cumin seed and lemon juice.

Your Recipe Card:

Yoghurt Marinated Pork Kebabs

This Yoghurt Marinated Pork Kebab recipe is delicious and makes a nice little appetizer, or a great accompaniment for rice as a main meal.
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Ground Pork, Paprika, Turmeric, Yoghurt
Author: John Thompson

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs. lean pork cut into medium cubes
  • 1 ½ tbsp. Fresh Turmeric paste
  • 4 tbsp. Yoghurt
  • ½ tsp. Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Dried parsley flakes
  • Pinch salt

Instructions

  • Put the meat in a bowl and rub the salt into the pieces.
  • Add one half of the Turmeric paste to the meat, rub this in as well, and let the mix sit for a good 30 minutes or so.
  • Add the yoghurt, the paprika and parsley, and the remaining turmeric and mix well. Allow it all to marinate for at least two hours or overnight.
  • Thread the meat cubes onto skewers and reserves any remaining marinade for basting.
  • Grill at medium heat, turning when needed and basting with the remaining marinade, until the pork is cooked all the way through and nicely browned.
  • Allow to rest for 5 minutes or so and then plate and serve.

Comments, questions or suggestions most welcome!