Oct 19, 2010

Chicken Xacuti

One of the most popular Goan dish – chicken cooked with a medley of spices.

Recipe credit - Sanjeev Kapoor's Khazana of Indian recipes cookery book.

Preparation Time : 25 minutes
Cooking Time : 40 minutes
Servings : 4


Chicken, cut into 12 pieces - 1 (800 grams)

Oil - 4 tablespoons ( 2 - 4 tablespoons )

Coconut, scraped - 1 cup

Garlic - 4-6 cloves

Whole dry red chillies, broken - 4

Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon

Coriander seeds - 1 1/2 tablespoons

Black peppercorns - 10

Fennel seeds (saunf) - 1 teaspoon

Carom seeds (ajwain) - 1 teaspoon

Poppy seeds (khuskhus/posto) - 2 tablespoons

Cloves - 6

Cinnamon - 2 inch stick

Star anise - 4

Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon

Onions, chopped - 2 medium

Salt - to taste

Tamarind pulp - 1 tablespoon

Nutmeg, grated - 1/4 teaspoon


Heat one teaspoon of oil in a pan and lightly brown coconut and transfer into a mixer jar. Add garlic cloves.

Dry roast red chillies, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, black peppercorns, fennel seeds, carom seeds, poppy seeds, cloves, cinnamon and star anise till fragrant. Add it to the coconut in the jar. Add turmeric powder and a little water and grind to a smooth paste.

Heat the remaining oil in a deep pan and sauté onions till well browned. Add chicken and sauté on high heat for two to three minutes. Add salt and mix.

Add the masala paste and stir well. Add two cups of water and stir. Add tamarind pulp and mix.

Grate some nutmeg (about ¼ teaspoon) and add. When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for about thirty minutes or till the chicken is done.

Serve hot with boiled Goan red rice.

1 comment:

Priya said...

Absolutely delicious looking chicken xacuti..yumm!

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