Goat Xacuti Curry

27 Feb

This was a recipe that happened by chance as in my household it is very rare we eat goat / mutton meat. Also there is no recipe I know of, in Goan cuisine with goat meat. The two popular meats used in Goan recipes are beef and pork and occasionally chicken.

goat-meat-xacuti-curry-goan-indian-recipe-spicy-coconut-lambYou can use lamb as well to replace the goat. I prefer goat as it is less gamey tasting than lamb. I also found out it is a great alternative to red meats. It is leaner and a much healthier choice when compared to equal serving sizes of chicken, beef and pork.

goat-meat-xacuti-curry-goan-indian-recipe-lambIf you own a pressure cooker then this recipe is much quicker to make. You will also need a mixer/grinder to grind the roasted coconut. It does take patience and time but the final outcome of the Goat Xacuti Curry makes it all worth it. The curry has a beautiful roasted spices and coconut flavor that is so unique it make you want for more.

Serving Size: 6-8


2 lbs of goat meat trimmed of skin and fat.

7oz of frozen grated coconut thawed

1 medium onion quartered

6 garlic cloves

1 inch ginger

4-5 tbsp of xacuti masala

2 tbsp of lemon juice

1/2 cup coconut milk

2.5 cups of water

2 sprigs of curry leaves (optional)

salt to taste.


Wash and cleans the goat meat, apply salt, lemon juice and refrigerate for 30 minutes (applying salt & lemon juice seasons the meat better).

Heat a non-stick pan add the grated coconut and saute it on medium heat for 15-20 minutes till it is toasted to be lightly brown. Add the xacuti masala to the coconut and roast it for another 2 minutes.Take off heat and keep aside.

Next add to the same hot pan quartered onion and roast till soften.

In the ninja single serve cup add the coconut mixture, onions, ginger, garlic along with 1/2 to 1 cup water and grind it to a paste for about 2-3 minute (If required grind it in 2 batches).

Heat oil in a pot, add the ground paste and saute for 1 minute till well blended. Add the goat meat and saute for about 3 to 4 minutes till mixed well. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Next add the remaining water, coconut milk and check on the salt. Add salt to your taste if required.

Cook covered for another 1 hour and 15 minutes on medium heat. Keep checking and stirring every 15-20 minutes. Till the meat has softened and the gravy thickened.

If you do add the curry leaves then add it 5 minutes before you take it off the heat.


You can enjoy it with rice, Ciabatta Bread or Appam (A gluten-free rice pancake). It taste better the next couple of days. If you are not a big fan of goat than try my recipe for Chicken Xacuti or Beef Xacuti.


56 Responses to “Goat Xacuti Curry”

  1. urbanmonique February 27, 2015 at 5:02 pm #

    Oh MY, yes!

    • Nandini February 27, 2015 at 5:35 pm #

      Thank You πŸ™‚

  2. Mr. Militant Negro February 27, 2015 at 7:55 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negroβ„’.

    • Nandini February 27, 2015 at 8:37 pm #

      Thank You so much Jueseppi. You are always kind πŸ™‚

      • Mr. Militant Negro February 28, 2015 at 10:17 am #

        Thank you for the YummY recipes. Easy to be kind with kind talented people.

        • Nandini February 28, 2015 at 10:42 am #

          Thank You πŸ™‚

  3. lapetitepaniere February 27, 2015 at 9:19 pm #

    The texture looks really tasty πŸ™‚

    • Nandini February 28, 2015 at 10:22 am #

      Thank You πŸ™‚

  4. Jayeeta February 27, 2015 at 9:22 pm #

    Goat meat is always ranks at the top in our meat list…..your dish looks very much inviting….l am drooling over it….. ☺
    Nandini can you do me a favour ???? I always find your recipes very tempting and suitable for me. Can you make a guest post for me ????? Any authentic Goan recipe will be perfect, preferably non veg dish.

    • Nandini February 28, 2015 at 10:28 am #

      Thank You so much Jayeeta :-). It’s going to be my favorite too specially since I found out it is much healthier than the other meats I eat. Thank You for the offer as well Jayeeta :-). I have’nt done a guest post before. You will have to let me know how you want to publish it. I may need a couple weeks to prepare if that is ok with you :-). Let me know.

      • Jayeeta March 1, 2015 at 10:34 am #

        Thanks for your response to my request, Nandini. To make the guest post you have to send me the recipe and images by email. Then I will post it in my blog and let you know the schedule of the post. After that you could post it in your blog. There is no hurry, you take your time. Just let me know which dish you are choosing.

        • Nandini March 1, 2015 at 3:14 pm #

          Sounds good Jayeeta. Thanks much for the info πŸ™‚

          • Jayeeta March 2, 2015 at 1:39 am #

            Welcome πŸ™‚
            When you are ready for the post just inform me…..I will send you my email id…….

  5. For The Love of Ghee February 27, 2015 at 9:45 pm #

    Oh My goodness! I’m drooling right now! I love, love, love goat! Looks so delicious!

    • Nandini February 28, 2015 at 10:30 am #

      Thank You Shamim, That is sweet of you to say πŸ™‚

  6. Sandhya February 27, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

    I love mutton- goat meat too and your Xacuti has me drooling!

    • Nandini February 28, 2015 at 10:31 am #

      Thank You so much Sandhya. That is so kind of you to say. Makes me happy πŸ™‚

  7. Gary Lum February 27, 2015 at 11:09 pm #

    Mmm… That looks lovely. I love goat.

    • Nandini February 28, 2015 at 10:32 am #

      Thank You so much Gary. That is so good to know πŸ™‚

      • Gary Lum February 28, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

        The first time I had goat was when I visited a village wedding near Ndola in Zambia. It was one of the tastiest meals I’ve ever eaten.

  8. Poppy@In Search of the Catfish CafΓ© February 27, 2015 at 11:47 pm #

    This looks great, the texture looks lovely. I do enjoy mutton but rarely choose goat – I may have to re-think that!

    • Nandini February 28, 2015 at 10:34 am #

      Thank You so much. Goat and mutton is the same in Asian countries it is called mostly mutton.

  9. Loretta February 28, 2015 at 5:16 am #

    Oh la la, the famous Goan Xacuti delicacy :)) A staple in Goan homes around special events. I too love mutton and goat, I guess I love goat more as it has so many bones that you can chew on with all that delicious gravy. Your photos too are great, the lighting really captures this dish :). Great job!

    • Nandini February 28, 2015 at 10:36 am #

      Thank You so much sweet Loretta. You are always so kind to me :-). Hope all well with you.

  10. fromthefamilytable February 28, 2015 at 7:40 am #

    Nice images. Looks delicious, and I like goat meat.

    • Nandini February 28, 2015 at 10:37 am #

      Thank You so much.

  11. charmbutterfly19 February 28, 2015 at 8:50 am #

    In the Caribbean we cook goat in a similar way and we also have it with a flat bread called roti! So yummy πŸ™‚

    • Nandini February 28, 2015 at 10:41 am #

      In fact when I was looking in pinterest for image ideas I found a lot of them from the Caribbean. That is right I forgot the roti πŸ™‚

      • charmbutterfly19 February 28, 2015 at 10:44 am #

        Now I think I need to make some roti today!! Thanks for the inspiration! πŸ™‚

  12. Christy Birmingham February 28, 2015 at 10:52 am #

    I have never had goat before!

    • Nandini February 28, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

      You should try it Christy. It is a much leaner meet and a great replacement for any red meat.

  13. Johanne Lamarche February 28, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

    Frozen grated coconut is not something I’ve ever found. The dish looks amazing.

    • Nandini March 1, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

      Johanne, you may find it where there is either Asian or Indian community store. As I live in Los Angeles it’s easily available.

  14. Growing A "Wildflower" March 1, 2015 at 8:07 am #

    How would you describe goat meat? Taste like chicken or ????

    • Nandini March 1, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

      It is very similar to beef in texture and taste but much leaner.

  15. Feast Wisely March 2, 2015 at 2:01 pm #

    If only goat meat was easier to come by I would definitely have this on my curry rotation!

    • Nandini March 3, 2015 at 8:37 pm #

      Laura, you can also use chicken or beef.

  16. sarithakumbakkara March 3, 2015 at 4:11 am #

    My husband loves Goan meat curries! He’s gonna enjoy this recipe for sure!

    • Nandini March 3, 2015 at 8:38 pm #

      That is so nice to know Saritha πŸ™‚

  17. sabineyoga March 3, 2015 at 4:58 am #

    You’ll turn me into a carnivore 😍 I only discovered that mutton refers to goat in India, after I left! I always wondered what the fuss about tough old sheep was – which is mutton in Australia – as in mutton done up as lamb. 🐏

    • Nandini March 3, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

      That is the whole idea ;-). I know it used to confuse me as well.

  18. Ranju March 6, 2015 at 1:16 am #

    Bookmarked this recipe! πŸ˜€

    • Nandini March 7, 2015 at 10:21 am #

      That is so awesome Ranju. Thank You πŸ™‚

  19. Stanley Vincent Rodrigues March 6, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

    Hi Nandini!
    Goan goat xacuti sounds very tempting or rather very mouth watering, Here in the U.K goat is referred to as KID, Goat is not available in British supermarkets, as the Victorians used to keep them as pets. That explains why it is not consumed in the British Isles. I for one like goat. The Mrs cooks goat xacuti, but it does not turn out good. Your recipe looks smashing. I will give Your recipe.a go. We buy goat from Arab butchers in London. Cheerio! Kindest best wishes Stan

    • Nandini March 7, 2015 at 10:27 am #

      Hi Stan,
      Thank You for your kind note and for sharing about goats. After posting this blog post I found out goat meat has different names in different countries. Here too goat is not found easily at the local grocery store. Would love to hear how the recipes turns out when you give it a try.
      Regards to you and your Mrs,

  20. terrepruitt March 15, 2015 at 11:37 am #

    My husband loves goat meat. I haven’t actually tried it because when he gets it is spicy hot and I don’t eat spicy hot stuff!

    • Nandini March 16, 2015 at 6:56 pm #

      Terre next time just mix plain yougurt, about a tablespoon or so to the gravy it will reduce the heat.

  21. bristol plasterers April 15, 2015 at 7:16 am #

    Mouthwatering recipe. Thank for sharing this. My favorite.


    • Nandini April 16, 2015 at 6:56 pm #

      Thank You Simon πŸ™‚

  22. Mariposaoro May 5, 2015 at 5:04 am #

    Yummy!! I made Jamaican curried goat two weeks ago.. I want to make Goan curried goat now!!

    • Nandini May 5, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

      Sounds like a great plan πŸ™‚

  23. Vonnie June 20, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    Looks amazing. I cannot make this. I will crave it for days.

    • Nandini June 22, 2015 at 10:50 am #

      Thank You Vonnie πŸ™‚

  24. bnanno December 7, 2015 at 7:15 am #

    I finally got round to posting when I made this dish – although using Turkey instead of mutton. Thanks for the recipe, it was really tasty

    • Nandini December 7, 2015 at 11:53 am #

      That is so awesome to know. My husband made some yesterday. His always tastes much better then mine. My kids love it as well πŸ™‚


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