The term Vindaloo, derivative of the Portuguese "vinha d'alhos", and also called Vindalho or Vindallo, refers to a popular Indian dish. It was first brought to Goa by the Portuguese and became a Goan meal often served during special occasions. The traditional Portuguese dish was made with pork preserved in red wine or red wine vinegar, chili pepper, and stewed with garlic. The tomato, chilli, and potato, which are staple components of today's Indian cuisine, were brought to India by the Portuguese. The later Vindaloo received the Goan treatment of adding plentiful amounts of spice. Restaurants often serve this dish with chicken or lamb sometimes mixed with potatoes. Traditional vindaloos do not include potatoes, the discrepancy arising because the word "aloo" means "potato" in Hindi.
Vindaloo is not known in many parts of India and is famous only among those people who visit Goa. The dish has gained popularity in Britain, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand, where it is almost universally featured on Indian restaurant menus; it is also sometimes found at Indian restaurants in the United States and Canada. In most restaurants it is either one of the hotter curries or the hottest dish available, although some establishments serve a "Tindaloo" in addition, which is a hotter variant. Phall, a different curry, is also hotter than Vindaloo.
An episode of the television show House entitled Failure To Communicate features a character comparing House to Vindaloo curry, noting that he is "abrasive, annoying, and comes on way too strong, like Vindaloo curry".