mearl223 On July - 31 - 2011

Goan Chicken Xacuti

A delicious & aromatic traditional Goan meat curry of  chicken & potatoes in a spicy dark-brown gravy made from freshly roasted spices.

 

 

 

PrepTime 10mins – Cook Time 25mins – Serves 4

 

 

Ingredients :

1kg chicken – cut into 10-12 medium pieces
1 large potato – chopped to 8-10 cubes – forked on each side.
2 medium onions – chopped
4 tbsp grated/ dessicated coconut
2 1″ stickes of cinnamon
4 cloves
4 dry red chillies
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp of peppercorns
1.5 tbsp coriander seeds
4-6 cloves of garlic
½ tsp turmeric powder
4tbsp tomato paste
3 tbsp cooking oil/ ghee
1/2 tsp garlic-ginger paste
Salt to taste
1-2 tbsp of tamarind pulp or vinegar
1 slit green chili
2 sprigs curry leaves

(Optional spices: 2tbsp poppy seeds (khus khus), 1/2 tsp ajwain, 1tsp of fennel seeds/ saunf, 2 Star-shaped black spice, ¼ tsp grated nutmeg – optional.)


Cooking Instructions:


1. Heat a pan & dry-roast half the onions to light brown.
2. Add the grated coconut & fry to an even brown, not burnt, stirring in between. Transfer this to the mixer/grinder.
3. Then dry roast all the whole spices on medium heat, mixing well, till a nice aroma is given out.
4. Add this to the grinder & grind well, with some water, turmeric & garlic, to a smooth paste.
5. Heat the oil in a thick-bottomed pan/ pressure cooker and fry the onions till brown.
6. Add garlic-ginger paste and a pinch of salt. Fry for 30 secs.
7. Add the masala paste 2 tbsp at a time, stirring well in between, and cook till oil separates.
8. Add the tomato paste & fry for 2 minutes, stirring well.
9. Add the chicken & potato pieces, stir around & cook on high for 2-3 mins.
10. Add water to just cover the chicken layer & some salt to taste.
11. Bring it to boil on high heat & then cover and cook (1 whistle on high & simmer for 2-3 mins, if using a pressure cooker).
12. Open, & simmer for 1 minute after adding nutmeg, green chilli, curry leaves & tamarind pulp or vinegar.
13. Serve hot with boiled rice or pav.

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