Kolkata pork sausages

Kolkata pork sausages

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Spice Kitchen
Serves
4
Photographer
Jana Liebenstein

A Portuguese-inspired sausage dish, these are a specialty of Entally, a neighbourhood of Kolkata (Calcutta). These spicy sausages are a real hit at breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, and once tasted, you will be addicted. You can buy sausage skins from your butcher, and if you have a sausage maker, homemade sausages are easy. This will also ensure that you only use the best cuts of meat in the sausages. If you don’t have a sausage maker, you can shape the mixture into patties, which are equally delicious. Serve with steamed rice or mashed potato.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
250g minced pork belly
50g pork fat, very finely diced
2 onions, finely chopped
2 large handfuls mint leaves, finely chopped
2 large handfuls coriander leaves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons green chilli, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1/2-1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
8 sausage skins, from the butcher (optional)
1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil, (optional)

Method

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the pork belly and fat, onion, mint, coriander, chilli, cinnamon, pepper and salt.
  2. If you are using a sausage maker, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to attach the skin to the sausage maker, then force the sausage mixture through into the skin to form the sausages.
  3. Alternatively, divide the sausage mixture into eight portions. Dip your hands in warm water and, using the palms of your hands, shape the mixture into patties.
  4. Preheat a grill or chargrill pan to medium. Cook the sausages under the grill or on the chargrill pan, turning occasionally, for 20–30 minutes, or until they are cooked through. (They will take a little longer to cook than store-bought sausages.)
  5. If you have made patties, cook them under the grill or on the chargrill pan for 5 minutes, then turn and cook on the other side for 3–5 minutes, or until cooked through.
  6. Alternatively, just cover the bottom of a large frying pan with water and heat over a medium heat. Cook the sausages in the pan, turning occasionally, for 20–30 minutes, or until they are cooked through. Add a little more water to the pan as necessary.
  7. To cook the patties using an alternative method, heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Cook the patties for about about 4 minutes, or until browned, then turn and cook on the other side for 4 minutes. Carefully pour in 60 ml water, cover with a lid and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  8. Serve the sausages or patties hot.
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