So I'm gonna be making pork vindaloo tonight and I'm very excited but why does the recipe call for so muh oil? Does anyone know? Can I reduce the amount used or will the results be incorrect. The recipe I'm doing calls for 1/3 cup of oil. Just a quick question really. Thanks guys.
You generally need a good amount of oil to properly fry the onions to the right red/brown stage and to bloom your spices. 5 tablespoons, which is about 1/3 cup, does not seem excessive here. If you want to try reducing the oil, lower your heat to make sure you don't scorch the onions because the pan is too dry and have some water ready to sprinkle over the spices when you're toasting them as they have a tendency to burn without enough oil.
I just made a pork vindaloo, but don't recall using exactly that much oil, but maybe after it was all said and done. How much meat are you browning? And are you including potatoes? Lots of onions? That's how I made mine, and it came out delicious. Just be sure to have enough oil to brown everything well.