Spiced Pork Lugaw Recipe

Lugaw, or Filipino rice porridge, makes for a delicious and comforting breakfast.

Have you ever paired lugaw, or savory rice porridge, with pork? Serve this spiced pork lugaw dish for breakfast or merienda. Turmeric’s natural coloring gives this savory porridge its bright hue.

Spiced Pork Lugaw Recipe

Roselle Miranda
Lugaw, or Filipino rice porridge, makes for a delicious and comforting breakfast.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Snacks/Merienda
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 6


Spiced Pork Lugaw Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons Oil divided
  • 1 red onion peeled, sliced
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin divided
  • 1 teaspoon ginger grated
  • 2 cups Glutinous rice (malagkit) rinsed
  • 8 cups water or as necessary
  • 1/4 kilo pork cutlets, sliced thinly
  • Salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste


  • In a medium-sized stockpot over low heat, heat about 2 tablespoons oil. Add onion and garlic, and sweat until translucent. Sprinkle in turmeric, half the cumin, and ginger, and sauté until aromatic.
  • Add rice, and stir to mix with the spices, then pour in water. Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer. Stir regularly until rice is cooked to avoid scorching and sticking. Add more water if necessary to achieve your desired consistency.
  • Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Generously sea­son pork cutlets with salt, pepper, and remaining cumin. Pan fry pork until golden brown on both sides. Set aside, and keep warm.
  • To serve, scoop lugaw into bowls, slice pork, and top each bowl with pork. Serve hot. Recipe originally published in the September 2014 issue of Good Housekeeping Philippines.
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