One of my favourite malayali dishes is pork vindaloo-soft, falling apart pork cooked in lots of garlic and pickling spices- What's not to love? Yes, it may have come from Goa, even originally ( in a completely different form I'm sure) from the Portuguese, but we Syrian Christians claim it as our own.
The best vindaloo that I have ever is made by Roseduthi, who learnt it from my Great grandmother and she has been making it for almost every Christmas or Easter get-together at my grandmother's house. It has a fiery red gravy and big slices of garlic that has been cooked until buttery soft. However when I asked my mom for the recipe, the one she sent me was this one, which when I made it (probably because as usual I took a lot of liberties with it), turned out to be very unlike Roseduthi's. So now I have to resume my hunt for that elusive recipe, but in the meanwhile will continue to make my mom's version which is delicious in it's own way- though to me it's more of a delicious spicy pork curry and not the vindaloo that I remember from my childhood.
Recipe source: This is my mom's recipe, although I made a few changes which I have mentioned in brackets.