The dohjem (pork in sesame seeds ) recipe that I promised:
Doh jem (Serves 4)
1 pound pork belly (has lean meat,fat and skin-look in Asian stores or ask local butcher) or substitute pork jowls if you cannot find the former cut. The cut of meat is really important for this dish and should not be compromised on.
Hold the skin against the flame to give a smoky flavor to the meat before you cut into 1 cm cubes.
2 onions , grated
1 tsp turmeric
4 tbsp black sesame seeds : ground
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
salt to taste
1 tbsp oil
Heat oil in a saute pan and add the grated onions. Fry for 5 mins on medium heat. Add turmeric, burn the tip of the bayleaf and add to the onions to enhance the flavour of the bayleaf. Fry till the onions are transclucent. Add ginger garlic paste and the ground sesame seeds. Fry for a minute. Add the pork pieces and and season with salt. Be careful with the seasoning since its an easy dish to mess up with the salt. Saute for about 15 mins in medium heat allowing the meat to cook in it’s own juice. Add 11/2 cup water and simmer till cooked.
Enjoy with a plate of hot rice (white) or putharo (rice flour pancake). It also goes extremely well with rice flour rotis (the way it is usually prepared in Bihar) , although making the dough for that requires some practice.