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Vindaloo

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Vindaloo is a popular Indian food dish.

It was first brought to Goa by the Portuguese and soon became a pleasing Goan meal often served during special occasions. Historically this was a pork dish cooked with plenty of wine vinegar and garlic, known as "Vinho de Alho", however it soon received the Goanese treatment of adding plentiful amounts of spice and chili. Restaurants often serve this dish with chicken or lamb sometimes mixed with potatoes. However, the latter should not be included, the mix up being because the word "aloo" meaning garlic (presumably derived from the Portuguese word "alho") is mistranslated as "potato" as it is in Hindi.

The dish gained added popularity in Britain, and became a common fixture at Indian restaurants and curry houses there. In colloquial English - it is often referred to as "A Vindy" - and is well know for its heat - being one of the hotter curries available.

"Vindaloo" is also the title of a 1998 song by Fat Les.

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