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.
You 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.
If 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.