Monday 15 July 2013

Chicken Xacuti - Goan Curry/Chicken Xacuti Recipe/How to make Chicken Xacuti with step by step photos

Chicken Xacuti is a unique and a famous curry prepared in Goa, India. It has wonderful blend of fresh spices, cooked with coconut milk and tamarind water which results in spicy and flavourful gravy. The actual recipe calls for Kashmiri chillies since I did not get them, I have replaced it with dry red chillies. Though I have been to Goa only once, but I have a special craving for Goan dishes. You can also check my Chicken Vindaloo hereAlso check out other interesting and mouthwatering Chicken Varuvals/Fry/Biryanis/Gravies etc hereMutton/goat Meat Recipes,Fish & Egg Recipes

Here’s how to make Chicken Xacuti with step by step photos…
750 gm
1 big [finely chopped]
2 [finely chopped]
Red chilli powder
1 tsp
Coriander powder
2 tsp
Turmeric powder
¼ tsp
Tamarind water[from small ball]
1 cup
Coconut milk
1 cup
Coriander leaves
¼ cup finely chopped
1 tbsp
As needed
Curry leaves

For Roasting & Grinding
Table I
4 - 5
2 inch piece
Dry red chillies
Coriander seeds
1 tbsp
Poppy seeds
1 tsp
Black Pepper corns
1 ½ tsp
Nutmeg Powder
¼ tsp

Table II
1 [chopped]
Grated coconut
¼ cup
1 tsp

For Marinating the Chicken
Ginger & Garlic Paste
1 tbsp
Green chillies
Coriander leaves
½ cup
2 tsp
Turmeric powder
½ tsp
Preparation Time: 10-12 minutes                    Recipe Category: Main course
Cooking Time: 35-40minutes                            Recipe Cuisine: Indian, Goan
Serves: About 6 -8
Author: Priya Anandakumar

Also check out other interesting and mouthwatering Chicken Varuvals/Fry/Biryanis/Gravies etc hereMutton/goat Meat Recipes,Fish & Egg Recipes

Clean, wash and cut the chicken. Add turmeric powder and wash it thoroughly. Now grind the ingredients mentioned for marinating and add it to the chicken, mix it well and keep it for ½ to 1 hour aside.

In a kadai dry roast the ingredients mentioned in Table I, remove it and transfer it to a plate.

In the same kadai add 1 tsp of oil, saute the onions until translucent followed by grated coconut [from Table II], remove it and transfer it to a plate.

Let everything cool down, grind everything [table I & table II]  together to a fine paste in a mixer by adding required amount of water. Keep this masala paste for later.

Extract about 1 cup of tamarind water from the small ball of tamarind and keep it aside. Similarly extract 1 cup of coconut milk and keep it aside.

Now making the chicken xacuti…

Heat oil in kadai or pressure cooker, add onions saute until translucent. Now add curry leaves, tomatoes and saute until it turns mushy.

Add the marinated chicken and saute for about 5- 6 min.

Add the ground masala paste, red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt and mix really well.

Add the tamarind water and let it cook for about 20 min or 2 whistles in pressure cooker.

Now add the coconut milk, coriander leaves and let it boil for another 5-7 min.

Switch off the stove and delicious Goan Chicken Xacuti is ready to be enjoyed.

You can very well adjust the spice level according to your taste, if you want it less spicy you can very well skip the red chilli powder and coriander powder and make the gravy.

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  1. looks delicious with rich gravy....

  2. If this is not mouthwatering, I don't know what is!!! Bookmarking!!

  3. Looks awesome. Going to try with veges.

  4. The roasted ingredients has infused so much of great flavors into this curry. Its sure delicious.

  5. Lovely chicken curry dear..
    Thnx 4 linking it 2 my event :

  6. this curry is rich in flavors priya.. thanks for sharing..

  7. looks so delicious and lip smacking curry...

  8. flavour pops out double when we toast and grind the masala's..all fresh loving this curry

  9. I am vegetarian this dish is new to me, but it looks great..

  10. Delicious and spicy chicken curry looks yumm.

  11. Looks so nice, will try with veggies..

  12. Yummy and tempting gravy..looks rich too.

  13. Looks tempting ! yummy !

  14. Wish i could grab the bowl and lick off the curry :) Looks so yum dear :)

  15. Chicken curry looks completely glorious priya, thanks for introducing to new dishes!

  16. I saw it and I was reading it my husband is asking me to make it...guess i will give it a shot

  17. Yummy one.. Bookmarked Priya !


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