Goan Beef Stew

7 Nov

The Goan Beef Stew is something of a misleading name, as it’s a trilogy of 3 meats. Beef, Pork and Chicken. Since cold weather calls for a bowl of hot stew, one thing I can say for sure it’s not a typical American stew. It has a great balance of spice and flavors without one overpowering the other and if you like Indian foods that are not too spicy then this should definitely be on your list.

beef-stew-goan-chicken-pork-recipeWhile researching for the recipe I found out that my mother and mother-in-law had two different variations on the same recipe and checking online I realized every household has their own version. While there are in total of 4 variations I am sharing with you my mother’s recipe of the Goan Beef Stew that I grew up feasting as it is a staple for all feast’s. Feast’s in Goa are special day dedicated to a saint, Mother Mary or Jesus. You can read more here.

beef-stew-goan-chicken-pork-recipe-recheado-masalaThis recipe does take extra time to make but it is well worth the wait. Plus you can cook it a day or two ahead.

Here are a few variation to the recipe:

1. The stew is made with just beef and chicken.

2. All 3 meats including Goan pork sausage is used.

3. Some cases milk is added for a creamy gravy. Do note it may go bad if the food is left out for a long period.

4. Macaroni is added to the stew.

My recipe is using the listed 3 meats and marinating the pork meat with some spices overnight or for at-least a few hours.

beef-stew-goan-chicken-pork-recipe-goan-spices-with-milk-pulao-riceServings Size: 10-12


1 lbs of beef cut 1/2″ pieces

1 lbs of pork cut 1/2″ pieces

1 lbs of chicken cut 1/2″ pieces

2 tbsp of recheado masala

8 garlic cloves grated

1 1/2 inch of ginger grated

1 large onion chopped finely

8 whole cloves

2 ” cinnamon stick

2 medium russet potatoes diced in 1/2″ cubes

12oz of frozen peas and carrots.

salt to taste


Wash all the meats. Apply salt and 2 tbsp of recheado masala to the pork and marinate for 1-2 hrs or overnight. Add the grated ginger-garlic to the beef and salt. Next apply salt to the chicken and keep aside.

Par boil the potatoes for about 6-8 minutes. Steam the peas and carrots according to the packet instructions. Keep aside.

In a hot pot add oil, cloves and cinnamon till the oil smells. Add the onions and saute till translucent. Next add the beef saute and cook covered for 15 minutes on medium heat and check occasionally.

Next add the pork and chicken and cook for another 30 minutes while checking on the meats. Cook covered, season with salt if required. Once done take of heat.

Heat up another pot and skim the fat from the stew and saute the boiled diced potatoes in the seasoned fat (my mom says it flavors the boiled potatoes) and saute for 3-5 minutes in the same oil. Next add the cooked stew, peas and carrots and saute for another 3-5 minutes till the gravy thickens.

Once’s done add your cooked macaroni now and if required 1/2 cup of cold whole milk and bring it to a quick boil.

beef-stew-goan-chicken-pork-recipe-macaroniServe with Pulao Rice or some nice hot crusty bread. If leftover re-heat.


41 Responses to “Goan Beef Stew”

  1. SoulFoodMomma November 7, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    This looks GREAT! I can’t wait to try it๐Ÿ˜

  2. IdealisticRebel November 7, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

    This looks very good. Hugs, Barbara

    • Nandini November 7, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

      Thank You Barbara so much. Hugs back to you as well :-).

  3. writersdream9 November 7, 2014 at 6:10 pm #


    • Nandini November 7, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

      Thank You Carol. I hope you do give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Jueseppi B. November 7, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

    Reblogged this on MrMilitantNegroโ„ข.

    • Nandini November 7, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

      Thank You Jueseepi for the reblog’s. I appreciate it very much ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. MeaghanC November 7, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

    Yum! Looks delicious definitely booking this recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Nandini November 7, 2014 at 9:27 pm #

      Thanks Meaghan, that’s very sweet of you ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Arturo Fรฉliz-Camilo November 8, 2014 at 9:09 am #

    Wow! I’m falling for Goan food. This one looks amazing. The funny thing is, Goan food is so similar to Dominican food that looking at it I almost feel like I’m looking at Dominican food!

    • Nandini November 8, 2014 at 11:22 am #

      Thanks Arturo for your kind words. I think wherever there were Portuguese and Spanish influences the foods are very similar to each other in names and in cooking styles.

  7. Loretta November 8, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    Hi Nandini, love your recipe of Goan Beef stew, but I didn’t realize that 3 different meats were used? Must give it a try. I am co-hosting the Fiesta Friday party, and my latest entry was on Goan Bread pudding and a bit of history on Goa. I linked your blog to mine for more information, I’m not sure if you got a pingback, or notification. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Nandini November 8, 2014 at 11:37 am #

      Thank you so much Loretta, that was really sweet and kind of you. I really appreciate it so much. I too found out this week as my mum would do 3 meats but for some reason I thought she did 2. It taste pretty good and if you reheat it every-time, it get’s to be thicker and tastier. Why don’t you do a guest post for me with one of the masala’s. I will reblog it for next friday. You can make a Goan recipe or your own creation. Let me know what you think ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Loretta November 9, 2014 at 4:46 am #

        Would love to do a guest post for you someday Nandini – it has been a very busy FF #41 this week for me with about 90 plus entries. I co-hosted this week’s, so with it came added responsibilities. I’ve got a couple of entries for the following weeks, but I’ll definitely get in touch with you when I’m ready to do a guest blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Nandini November 9, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

          Wow! that is awesome Loretta. Definitely let me know when you do have the time to do it. Have a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. cookwithsingh November 8, 2014 at 11:28 am #

    This is certainly worth trying!

    • Nandini November 8, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

      I hope you do…Thanks!

  9. talker blogger November 8, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    It looks and sounds soooo wonderful

    • Nandini November 8, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

      Thank you so much :-). We are still enjoying the leftovers

  10. vothikhanhhoa November 8, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

    Yummy, the food looks too delicious that I have no doubt about the result of this dish if I give it a try. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe โค

    • Nandini November 8, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

      Awww… you are so welcome and definitely it is a foolproof recipe, so I am sure you wont mess it up ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Christy Birmingham November 9, 2014 at 11:47 am #

    That dish looks so good! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Nandini November 9, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

      Thank You so much Christy. You have a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. alpenglownutrition November 9, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

    I love learning about traditional cooking in different places. All these recipes look incredible….and I’m so happy you’re sharing!

    • Nandini November 10, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

      Thank you Erin for your kinds words and I am happy you enjoy different culture cuisines just like me ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. fittoservegroup November 10, 2014 at 7:45 am #

    This sounds amazing will have to try soon for sure!

    • Nandini November 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

      Thanks You Hilda, I hope you do give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Rhonda Sittig November 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

    This looks warming going into winter here– I know what you mean about every family having their own version of standard recipes. It seems like you own mom’s version always tastes the best!

    • Nandini November 10, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

      So true Rhonda, for every child their mom’s cooking is always the best :-). And since I stay so far away I don’t get to enjoy her cooking often, only when we make make the 24 hrs flight back to visit.

  15. conniecockrell November 10, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    This sounds so yummy. Thank you for sharing. Thank you also for visiting my blog. I certainly appreciate it.

    • Nandini November 11, 2014 at 9:45 am #

      Thank You so much Connie and you are so welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. terrepruitt November 11, 2014 at 11:43 pm #

    I like how you served it alone, with rice, then with macaroni.

    • Nandini November 12, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

      Thank you Terre, and I very much appreciate that you noticed the details ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Antonio Caggiano November 21, 2014 at 12:10 am #

    Hot, Tasty, Deliscious ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Friday my friend

    • Nandini November 21, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

      Happy Friday to you too Antonio ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Dana Fashina November 22, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    That looks goooood

    • Nandini November 22, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

      Thank You so much Dana ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Kamila Pala December 2, 2014 at 7:54 am #

    Very interestesting recipe and photos looks fantastic :)! Thanks for tip. Bye. Kamila

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