Oxtail Curry Recipe

18 Sep

I have only eaten oxtail 3 times in the past 10 plus years. That is quite out of whack ratio to say the least. One thing for sure if cooked right  it makes for a fall of the bone recipe. I wanted for a while to make oxtail but since my mum had never made it I was not to sure about the spices to use until 3 weeks ago I made my Goan Jeerem-Meeram dry spice mix to cook my Chicken Meatballs Recipe and a blogger friend asked me about how many ways the Jeerem-Meerem spice mix could be used. That is when my tubelight came on( Indian slang forbrain wave or finally got it“) and  decided to use it to make my Oxtail Curry. Goan’s use this spice mix a lot by tweaking the basic mix for meats and fish. Oxtail is very popular in many countries including the US and Mexico.


Since the oxtail has a lot of fat I wanted to cook in its own fat. For this I just marinated the meat with the spice mix along with fresh ginger, garlic, vinegar, tomatoes and onions before I cooked it in the pressure cooker. Pressure cooker are the “NEW IT” in American kitchens. This recipe can be used for making Oxtail in the crock-pot, slow cooker or dutch oven.


If you are a Goan looking for Ard Mas(Bone Meat) Recipe you can use pork meat and follow the same recipe.

Serving Size: 6-8


8 lbs of Oxtail

2 tbsp of jeerem meerem spice mix

1.5″ of grated ginger

8 cloves of grated garlic

2 tsp vinegar

1/4 tsp of sugar

3 ripe tomatoes chopped

2 medium onions chopped

1.5 cup water

salt to taste



Wash the meat, trim the excess fat.

Apply all the above ingredients and let marinate for 2-4 hrs or more before adding water into the pressure cooker and cooking it for 7 whistles about 45 minutes.

Let cool and the pressure be released before opening the cooker.

Slowly skim off all the visible fat before serving.


Serve with white rice, or soak the mouth-watering gravy with some hot bread. You can add boiled potatoes or serve it with country potatoes on the side.

Time Required for different Cooking Methods of Oxtail:

Crockpot: 2-3 hours by adding  2-3 cups of water

Dutch Oven: 350F for 3-4 Hrs

Slow Cooker: 8 Hrs or overnight on low setting OR 3-4 Hrs on high

Stove Top: 2-3 Hrs covered on medium heat add 2-3 cups water


99 Responses to “Oxtail Curry Recipe”

  1. Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser September 18, 2015 at 6:27 pm #

    Hi Nandini, Oxtails are very popular in our Southern US States! Hoping you have a great weekend my friend. Cheryl

  2. brendonthesmilingchef September 18, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

    This looks so delicious Nandini! It’s been a while since I’ve tried this curry. Will have to give it a shot! Great recipe and I love the photos 🙂

    • Nandini September 18, 2015 at 7:12 pm #

      Thank You so much Brendon for your kind words. Have a great weekend 🙂

  3. Jim September 18, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

    it looks good to me.

    • Nandini September 18, 2015 at 7:11 pm #

      Thank You Much Jim. Have a great weekend 🙂

      • Jim September 18, 2015 at 7:33 pm #

        you too

  4. Mr. Militant Negro September 18, 2015 at 7:05 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

    • Nandini September 18, 2015 at 7:14 pm #

      Thank You so much. Have a great weekend 🙂

      • Mr. Militant Negro September 18, 2015 at 7:19 pm #

        The same to you my dear. My grandparents used to eat this dish all the time but I could never get past the “tail” part of the name, never tried it.

        • Nandini September 18, 2015 at 8:26 pm #

          You should. give it a try. It’s really good. I had similar apprehensions. That is why it took me so long to cook it 🙂

          • Mr. Militant Negro September 19, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

            I will go to a local soul food restaurant that specializes in the down home cooking experience and have it there before I attempt to cook this….wish me luck. Happy Autumn.

            • Nandini September 21, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

              That is a very wise way to get used to something new. Wishing you all the luck 🙂

  5. IdealisticRebel September 18, 2015 at 7:07 pm #

    Reblogged this on IdealisticRebel's Daily View of Favorites.

    • Nandini September 18, 2015 at 7:17 pm #

      Thank You so much for the re-blog Barbara. That is very kind of you. Have a great weekend 🙂

  6. Freda @ Aromatic essence September 18, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

    Looks so delicious Nandini!!! I’ve never had oxtail though !

    • Nandini September 19, 2015 at 8:04 am #

      Thank You so much Freda. It taste pretty good and is full of flavor. You should give it a try 🙂

  7. Lynz Real Cooking September 18, 2015 at 9:23 pm #

    This sounds really good and different! I love the picture!yum

  8. lynne hoareau September 19, 2015 at 12:26 am #

    Hi Nandini, I am so excited about this recipe. I love oxtail. To be honest, I have never cooked it myself, but growing up in winter my mom always made this delicious oxtail stew. It was my favorite to the point on my birthday my mom always cooked it for the family. Since she has passed I have never plucked up the courage to cook her oxtail stew as I don’t feel it would be the same. (She also never wrote it down anywhere!)
    Your recipe has put a spark in me to cook Oxtail. I am going to do your recipe first as I love curry and I know if it turns out great (which I am sure it will) it will inspire me to try my moms’ recipe. I just have a good feeling about this….thank you so much :-). Have a lovely weekend.

    • Nandini September 19, 2015 at 8:35 am #

      Lynne, Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story. A mother’s love is truly un-denying. I hope so too, that you will like my recipe. I will look forward to your feedback. Have a great weekend 🙂

  9. Frances 🌺 September 19, 2015 at 1:01 am #

    Yum 😋 this looks so good…never cooked oxtail before!

    • Nandini September 19, 2015 at 8:38 am #

      Thank You Much Frances. I would encourage you to give it a try 🙂

  10. runrodrun September 19, 2015 at 3:05 am #

    I LOVE oxtail! Can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks Nandini!

    • Nandini September 19, 2015 at 8:40 am #

      That is so good to know Rod. I hope so that you will give it a try someday. Have a great weekend 🙂

  11. bnanno September 19, 2015 at 3:21 am #

    Trying it our soon! Oxtail is very common here, so no problem getting great quality meat!

    • Nandini September 19, 2015 at 8:41 am #

      That is so awesome. Will look forward to your feedback. Take care 🙂

      • bnanno September 20, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

        have to make my own Goan masalas so takes a bit more time 🙂

  12. STAN September 19, 2015 at 3:57 am #

    Heya Nandini!

    I am a bit SCEPTICAL/NAIVE when it comes to OXTAIL. But My spouse likes it too much. She prepares a soup and a curry of it. I think OXTAIL is a DELICACY for some individuals. As the saying goes ‘one man’s FOOD is the other man’s POISON’. I am a bit reluctant to have it, as it is the tail of the animal. But the missus says I must overcome that notion. I think I personally would like to use pork or beef as a substitute for Your recipe. NO OFFENCE to Your (RECIPE) WHATSOEVER. Hope I am able to change My ATTITUDE soon. Once again, I have emailed Your recipe to Malcolm Da costa in London, Who likes His food. And as for the spouse, She loves this recipe. At that I WILL PULL THE PLUG.

    BON APPETIT! Enjoy the weekend with whatever You do.



    • Nandini September 19, 2015 at 8:48 am #

      Hello Mr Stan, I totally understand where you are coming from as I too was very apprehensive to eat i. Only when a Sri Lankan friend forced me to try it out for the first time and I liked it. I guess skimming the fat before it being served is also a key to make it less intimidating. I would encourage you to give it a try once. As I am sure that Mrs Stan cooks her oxtails very well. You both have a great weekend and Thank you much for forwarding my recipes 🙂

  13. Johanne Lamarche September 19, 2015 at 5:18 am #

    I have never had or made oxtail but this looks like a delicious way to try it! I have made your spice mix already.

    • Nandini September 19, 2015 at 8:50 am #

      Wow! Thank You Johanne. That is awesome. Will look forward to hear how you use the spice mix. Have a great weekend 🙂

  14. Natascha's Palace September 19, 2015 at 5:30 am #

    Oxtail stew is famous in Spain too. This looks great!

  15. therfpscribe September 19, 2015 at 6:35 am #

    Yum! Oxtail stew was one of the dishes I learnt to love by observing my parents’ choices at restaurants when I was a child. I am ever grateful to them for exposing me to a wide variety of cuisines at a young age and cultivating positive associations between adventurous food and family time. Definitely will try this recipe soon!

    • Nandini September 19, 2015 at 9:10 am #

      You parents were very wise to create such a positive and explorative nature toward food. I will look forward to your feedback 🙂

  16. Daring to Dream it September 19, 2015 at 9:48 am #

    Your dish looks delicious! I am betting this would work with beef cheeks. Yep, exactly what it sounds like. I have made it once in the slow cooker and if you don’t cook it till it falls apart it’s tough.

    • Nandini September 21, 2015 at 4:31 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂

  17. fromthefamilytable September 19, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    Oxtail is too often ignored even though it has a great taste. Your curry is a perfect choice for it. Lovely!

    • Nandini September 21, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

      Thank You so much Darryl. I thinks it’s like a hidden gem, as I too overlooked it for a long time. Have a great week ahead 🙂

  18. joannathemontrealer September 19, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

    This looks delicious!

    • Nandini September 21, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

      Thank You Much Joanna 🙂

  19. youthfoodblog September 19, 2015 at 9:02 pm #

    My first read of oxtail recipe!

    • Nandini September 21, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

      That is good to know. Now you have something new to try 🙂

  20. Tanushree Ghosh September 20, 2015 at 12:49 am #

    Never had oxtail. Your recipes are always so innovative and unique, I’m learning so much. The curry looks delicious.

    • Nandini September 21, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

      Thank You so much Tanushree for your kind words. Take Care and have a great week 🙂

  21. KittyBerries123 September 20, 2015 at 8:10 am #

    I’ve actually had oxtail before, in the Summer 🙂 Tastes great

    • Nandini September 21, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

      That is awesome 🙂

  22. The Creators Toolbox September 20, 2015 at 5:13 pm #

    Never thought of eating ox tail but you make it look awesome! Love your blog!! 🙂

    • Nandini September 21, 2015 at 4:51 pm #

      Thank You Much. That is very kind of you to say 🙂

  23. Antonio Caggiano September 22, 2015 at 1:56 am #

    hello Nandini! It’s been a while! You always presenting deliscious food my friend! Thanks for stop by on my posts..

    • Nandini September 25, 2015 at 5:57 pm #

      You are so welcome Antonio. It’s good to see you around. Hope all is well 🙂 .

      • Antonio Caggiano September 30, 2015 at 5:37 am #

        Hi my dear friend! Yes, all is well. I would love to cook more indian dishes but where I live there aren’t specific grocery shops around.

  24. Little Kokomo September 22, 2015 at 5:42 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! When i was in highschool, my best friends family would often make oxtail curry with roti and I have such good memories of those flavours. this post definitely made me nostalgic for that. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Nandini September 25, 2015 at 6:04 pm #

      Thank You for you note. It makes me happy to know that it made you feel nostalgic. Have a great weekend 🙂

  25. AppetiteDeluxe September 23, 2015 at 9:27 pm #

    That looks so good

    • Nandini September 25, 2015 at 6:18 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂

  26. edgarone2 September 26, 2015 at 11:03 am #

    I love oxtail soup. Your oxtail curry will be a new discovery for me. Thank you.

    • Nandini September 30, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

      That is awesome Edgar. I hope you give it a try 🙂

  27. jennyfaye13 October 1, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

    Oh! You are inspiring me to re-create my grandmas ox tail soup! Wonderful!

    • Nandini October 2, 2015 at 7:36 pm #

      That is so awesome Jenny. I am touched 🙂

  28. Cardinal Guzman October 2, 2015 at 1:45 am #

    I make oxtail soup every now & then, it’s a fantastic ingredient. Makes great stock too!

    • Nandini October 2, 2015 at 6:56 pm #

      Yes I have heard of that too 🙂

  29. Douglas Kan October 4, 2015 at 4:43 am #


  30. Harry...the Man! October 16, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

    This looks like a great warming dish for those cold winter nights. I hope that I’m brave enough to give this a go over winter.

    • Nandini October 16, 2015 at 6:25 pm #

      I hope you do Harry and will look forward to your feedback. Have a great weekend 🙂

  31. Lori February 19, 2016 at 9:44 am #

    It turned out wonderful! Thanks

    • Nandini February 26, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

      That is so awesome Lori , I am so happy to hear that. Thank You for the note 🙂

  32. Vonnie June 4, 2016 at 9:37 am #

    Love oxtails!

  33. Deepak Singh July 25, 2016 at 10:22 pm #

    Liked this one, especially the name. Thanks for the visit.

  34. Tali August 17, 2016 at 8:00 am #

    Great recipe! I’ll have to try it. Thanks!!

    • Nandini August 23, 2016 at 12:10 pm #

      Thank You Tali 🙂

  35. sallyjadlow August 23, 2016 at 2:08 pm #

    Oxtail soup is so simple. Throw a tail in a large pot half filled with water. Boil it till tender. Remove the tail and pull the meat off the bone and return the meat to the water. Add a can or two of chopped tomatoes, a couple of cups of chopped carrots, and a couple of cups celery, and some potatoes, chopped. Simmer for an hour. Enjoy. I don’t skim a lot of fat. This is a special soup on a cold winter day.

    • Nandini August 30, 2016 at 12:20 pm #

      I love soups Sally and this one sounds very nutritious broth and yummy. thank you for sharing your recipe 🙂

  36. livinthelifeinla August 29, 2016 at 7:09 pm #

    Thanks for sharing, I was intrigued as my grandmother used to cook oxtails and I haven’t had any since she passed. I look forward to experimenting with your Goan spice mix. I’ve traveled in India, but have not yet experienced Goa so your spice mix will prepare me.

    • Nandini August 30, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

      I am happy to know it reminded you of your grandma’s recipe and will forward to your feedback. Hopefully you do visit Goa on your next trip 🙂

  37. notyouraveragedomesticgoddess94 August 31, 2016 at 5:34 pm #

    This looks amazing! I LOVE curry. I will have to try this sometime.

    Thanks for sharing!

  38. sarahfoto October 21, 2016 at 11:13 am #

    Ooh I’m gonna try this with bone marrow and veg soup for my xmas market. Thank you Nandini!

    • Nandini November 1, 2016 at 11:23 am #

      You are so welcome Sarah 🙂

  39. Holistic Wayfarer November 14, 2016 at 2:47 pm #

    Huh. Koreans eat oxtail but I’ve never seen it as a curry.

    • Nandini November 14, 2016 at 6:04 pm #

      I am happy you found something new 🙂

  40. Vonnie January 24, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

    I love oxtails

    • Nandini January 25, 2017 at 2:05 pm #

      Thank is awesome Vonnie 🙂

  41. frankensport2014 February 20, 2017 at 1:31 am #

    Reblogged this on frankensportblog.

    • Nandini February 20, 2017 at 1:05 pm #

      Thank You for the re-blog 🙂

  42. terismyth March 3, 2017 at 8:45 am #

    Oh My! This looks delicious. I think oxtails are overlooked by most people when deciding what to make for dinner. They are my go to meat for osso bucco in addition to adding veal shanks too. Will look into that rub seasoning. Sounds tasty.

    • Nandini March 13, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

      Thank You Teri, so much. I too love oxtail 🙂

  43. Amy May 8, 2017 at 7:45 pm #

    I absolutely love oxtail!

    • Nandini May 9, 2017 at 4:38 pm #

      Thank You Amy so much 🙂


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