Sri Lankan Country Style Pork Stew ඌරු මස් ස්ටු


During the short time we stayed in Sri Lanka, my husband and I went to this rest house and restaurant called “Mahawa Rest house” in Maha wawa. We were heading somewhere else, but I got hungry on the way as usual. We had this pork stew and loved the taste of it.

My husband is at home today and he recreated this dish for me. I must say that he has done an excellent job. Here, I am sharing the recipe with you.


  • 1 kg pork – small cubes
  • 2 medium size onions – sliced
  • ½ lime
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp of chopped ginger
  • 4 to 5 cardamom
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 pieces of cinnamon
  •  1 to 1 ½  tsp of black pepper
  • 1 ½  tsp of raw curry powder
  • ½ tsp     turmeric
  • Few curry leaves
  • 4 green chillies (optional) – chopped
  • One piece of rampe (Pandan leaf)
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste


  • In a bowl, add salt and lime to the meat and mix thoroughly. Leave it a side for 10 to15 minutes.


Heat 4 tbsp of vegetable oil in a large pan under medium temperature. Heat it for about 3 minutes. Once the oil is well heated, add the meat pieces and fry it until it is fully cooked. Initially, when you start to fry the meat, juices will start to ooze out. Then oil will start to separate from the juices. Make sure to stir fry until the meat is dry and light golden brown.


Approximately, it takes around 10 to 15 minutes for the meat to get fully cooked. Once the meat is cooked, bring it to a lower temperature. Take a spoon and make a space in your pan. Add garlic, ginger, curry leaves, green chillies, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and rampe in to the pan. Let those ingredients fry with the pork. Fry it for about 30 seconds. Then, add the onions to the pan. Now, mix allthe ingredients, thoroughly.


When onions are softened, add all other spices. Then, lower the heat and mix all the ingredients very well. Now you can adjust salt and pepper for your taste and continue stir-frying for around 5 minutes.

Serve it with yellow or white rice.



One comment

  1. Hello, great work with this blog! I’m glad I can have access to recipes when I am not close to my parents to learn from them. I was wondering, which cut of meat did you use for the pork?

    Thanks again for your fantastic blog!


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