Goan Beef Roast Recipe – Assado de Carne

13 May

Assado de carne or Beef Roast is a very popular everyday dish in Goa. In Portuguese assado is roast, carne is beef and vaca is cow. As kids we often took roast beef sandwiches to school. It was thin slices of beef with bread and butter. In Goa butter is a more popular spread, as mayo goes bad since the weather is very hot and proper food safety are not very well practised. Each family in Goa has their own variations in making assado/roast but mostly will included vinegar, ginger, garlic, cloves, cinnamon, green chilli and black-pepper.


My mum usually marinates the meat for a couple of days with the ground paste and then slowly braises the meat in a pot even though it is called a roast (not every household in Goa has an oven). The meat would be cooked for an hour or more depending on the size of the roast. She also uses the same recipe for pig roast.  If you have access to a pressure cooker then you can cut short the time by cooking it for 7-9 whistles.  If there was leftover roast them my mom would make beef chilli fry, almondegaes (shallow fried ground beef pattie), beef chops or croquettes (click on each highlighted words to check the recipe). The Goan roast beef has a nice thick gravy that is then poured over the sliced beef. For parties you can sever sliced beef with some french fries or roasted potatoes for decorations. On my last trip to Goa I was surprised to see these sandwich being sold at the cafes as most everyone makes them at home.


Serving Size: 8-10


3 lbs of beef

1″ ginger

1.5 bulb of garlic cleaned

1 green chilli  (i deveined mine)

1-2 sticks of cinnamon

1/2 tsp cloves

1/2 tsp black pepper

3 tbsp of vinegar

1/2 tsp of sugar

salt to taste

1 medium onion chopped

4 cloves of garlic chopped

1/2″ chopped ginger



Grind all the dry ingredients along with vinegar to a smooth paste. Apply to the meat and let marinate for 1-2 days in the refrigerator.

In a heated pot saute the chopped onion, garlic and ginger. Till soft and fragrant.

Next add the marinated beef and cook on each side for 1.5 hour on a medium heat by rotating each side after 10 minutes and checking on the seasoning. If required add 1/2 cup of water halfway through and keep cooking the meat. Till soft and fully cooked.

Slice and serve with some roasted potatoes or fries.



86 Responses to “Goan Beef Roast Recipe – Assado de Carne”

  1. Jim May 13, 2016 at 5:57 pm #

    nom nom nom

    • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 12:01 pm #

      Yes Jim 🙂 Happy Monday!

  2. Colin Noel-Johnson May 13, 2016 at 6:23 pm #

    Sounds tasty, not to mention nice and easy. I’ll try it when I have a roast next, thanks for the recipe.

    • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 12:02 pm #

      Thanks Much Colin. It is very easy 🙂

  3. Mr. Militant Negro May 13, 2016 at 6:37 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

    • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 12:02 pm #

      Thank You so much. Have a great week ahead 🙂

  4. Hans Susser May 13, 2016 at 6:39 pm #

    Real Food 🙂
    I just love your sense of what good food is 🙂
    Bom Proveito!

    • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 12:06 pm #

      Obrigada Hans… Eu adora boa comida 🙂

  5. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso May 13, 2016 at 6:41 pm #

    Love this fusion of traditions and flavors. It looks so very tasty! 🙂

    • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 12:07 pm #

      Thank You Ronit so much. It’s nice to know that it appeals to you 🙂

  6. healthyindiankitchen May 13, 2016 at 7:19 pm #

    This will be a hit with my hubby! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

      That is awesome. Will look forward to your feedback 🙂

  7. cookingwithshy May 13, 2016 at 10:05 pm #

    Love it!!! I make something similar with Pork tenderloin…This looks delicious:))

    • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

      Thank You so much Shy 🙂 My mum too uses the same recipe with pork and it is equally delicious 🙂

  8. youthfoodblog May 13, 2016 at 11:20 pm #

    A wonderful beef roast idea. I love the onion and green chili idea!

    • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 12:16 pm #

      Thank You Chris so much. The onions give it a sweet flavor and acts as a thickener to the gravy.

  9. newsandviewsjb May 14, 2016 at 3:27 am #

    Sounds great! – Jackie

  10. the other food interpreter May 14, 2016 at 4:53 am #

    Looks very appetizing!

  11. Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser May 14, 2016 at 5:17 am #

    Hello Nandini my friend-looks and sounds wonderful! Hoping the family is well. xx

    • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

      Thank You so much Cheryl. With God’s grace we are doing well. Thank you for inquiring. Wishing that all is well your end as well, my dear friend. Happy Monday to you!

  12. Loretta May 14, 2016 at 5:22 am #

    It’s been a while since we’ve had roast beef Nandina, but your recipe today is tempting me to make this wonderful Goan roast. You’re right, I believe pot roast is the way most people made it in Goa rather than in the oven. I like the idea of marinating it for a few days as it would definitely tenderize the meat. I remember Mum making croquettes with the leftovers in Kenya (another delicacy I have never attempted). What cut of beef did you use? Also, did you use a lid when roasting for 1.5 hours? Probably not eh?

    • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 12:30 pm #

      I hope you do give it a try Loretta. For a experienced cook like you this will be a breeze all you need is some time to cook. I just used the regular pot roast beef. There were a few chewy pieces. My son did mention to me to make it with a softer cut. I need to research which cut would work best. I did keep the lid on since I was looking to have a little gravy.

  13. jenifabian May 14, 2016 at 5:29 am #


  14. exoticanddomesticwoodart May 14, 2016 at 5:39 am #

    Looks fantastic

  15. honey bee May 14, 2016 at 6:49 am #

    Love it!

    • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 12:58 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂

  16. fromthefamilytable May 14, 2016 at 8:23 am #

    I continue to be amazed at how much Goan foods resemble those from the Iberian Peninsula. As always, your food looks delicious, and your images are outstanding.

    • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 1:01 pm #

      Thank You so much Darryl. For the 300 years that they stayed after capturing Goa, the Portuguese influence from the Iberian Peninsula is very strong 🙂

  17. lynne hoareau May 14, 2016 at 8:30 am #

    OMW, this looks so tasty Nandini 🙂

    • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 1:08 pm #

      Thank You so much Lynne, that is very kind of you to say 🙂

  18. bnanno May 14, 2016 at 9:20 am #

    Traditional Spanish “asados” are very often in a pot – beef, veal, lamb, like d, etc. People didn’t have ovens in centuries past and in central Spain one can still do the time honoured method of taking the lamb or kid to your Baker on Sundays where for a small charge they roast them for you after the bread for the day has been baked.

    The Goan spicy version of beef roast is going to go on my too try soon list!

    • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 1:29 pm #

      Thank you so much for sharing. You are right…that is how it is still done in Goa in a pot. I am happy to hear that you will give this recipe a try 🙂

  19. Vonnie May 14, 2016 at 10:00 am #

    I will travel for that sandwich!!! What shall I bring to compliment it?!

    • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 1:35 pm #

      Lol Vonnie !!! A good beer I suppose 🙂 That is what is popular in Goa or a good port wine.

  20. Lana-Once Upon a Spice May 14, 2016 at 11:47 am #

    Just fabulous, Nandini! YUM!!

    • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 1:36 pm #

      Thank You Lana so much…and did you notice this time it is not sweet 😉

      • Lana-Once Upon a Spice May 17, 2016 at 7:49 am #

        lol! We do have to change our priorities from time to time, right?? lol! Thanks, hon xoxo

        • Nandini May 17, 2016 at 11:25 am #

          Yes we do…have to be the good example parent 😉

  21. Freda @ Aromatic essence May 14, 2016 at 12:18 pm #

    Love beef roast! Been a while since I made it. Your’s looks very tempting, Nandini 🙂

    • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 1:36 pm #

      Thank You Freda so much….guess it is time for you to make it 🙂

  22. the other food interpreter May 14, 2016 at 12:47 pm #

    Sounds delicious!

  23. thefensk May 14, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

    Awesome. Going to have to try this.

    • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 2:09 pm #

      That is so good to know, Thank You!

  24. Agatha Chocolats May 14, 2016 at 7:04 pm #

    Looks delicious!❤️

    • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 2:09 pm #

      Thank You so much Agatha 🙂

  25. urbanmonique May 15, 2016 at 7:08 am #

    OK, I finally got to delve into this one – and I am so gonna make it – That seasoning blend is just mouthwatering!

    • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

      That is so awesome to know. The seasoning is also very aromatic 🙂

  26. chezlerevefrancais May 15, 2016 at 10:50 am #

    Have a yearning for roast beef now! 🙂

  27. stan the man May 15, 2016 at 2:39 pm #

    Hi Nandini!

    ASSADO DE CARNE LOOKS ABSOLUTELY YUMMYLICIOUS. I remember My late Gran used to prepare it at home. And yes people did not have oven’s in them days. I remember My mum sending Her stuff to the local baker (THE PODER) to roast Her beef and piglings.Of course these days it is much easier because people have oven’s I guess. We will be giving these MAJESTIC recipe a go. I have taken a good note of all the spicies/ingredients and also Your Mum’s idea of MARINATING the meat in a pot.for a couple of days in advance. We have a bank holiday coming Our way at the end of the month.So We got more time on hand to try out Your recipe.I have already shot emails to all My Goan friend’s and relatives in Europe and the rest of the world with Your SUPERB RECIPE. Will let You know the outcome. Looking forward to My next shot of Nandini MAGIC.

    Bye for now


    • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

      Thank You Mr Stan for always being generous with your comments and for sharing my recipe 🙂 I do hope you give my mum’s recipe a try and the longer the meat is marinated the better tasting it is. Wishing you and Mrs Stan a lovely bank holiday in advance.

    • Stanley Rodrigues July 14, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

      Hi Nandini!

      I don’t want to be offensive to You. But the Portuguese stayed in Goa for 450 years and not 300 years as You mentioned in Your mail to the gentleman,Daryl. I reckon it was a Genuine mistake.

      Have a great week!

      Kind regards


      • Stanley Rodrigues July 15, 2016 at 7:40 am #

        Hi Nandini!

        SORRY I got My maths wrong. The Portuguese arrived in GOA in the year 1510 and left GOA in the year 1961. That makes 451 years of Portuguese rule in GOA and not 450. I am a perfectionist and therefore thought I should correct Myself. GHOSH! I MUST BE LOSING MY MARBLES.

        Kind regards


      • Nandini July 19, 2016 at 5:33 pm #

        No biggie Mr Stan, appreciate very much for the corrections 🙂

  28. Debbie Spivey May 16, 2016 at 5:22 am #

    Hi Nandini! This looks amazing! I’m pinning. Thank you for sharing. Hope you are doing well!

    • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 3:36 pm #

      Thanks you so much Debbie you are very kind. With God’s grace we are doing well and thank you so much for asking. Hoping the same with you and your family 🙂

  29. swapnakarthik May 16, 2016 at 5:41 am #

    Awesome ! This sounds delicious!

    • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 3:36 pm #

      Thank You so much Swapna 🙂

  30. Shari May 16, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

    This looks so flavorful, Nandini! I enjoyed reading about it. So many different spices that here you wouldn’t see together. It must taste wonderful after marinating it so long. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

    • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 3:45 pm #

      Thank You Shari so much. The aroma and flavors are bold and makes for a very flavorful piece of meat 🙂

  31. fittoservegroup May 19, 2016 at 11:16 am #

    Hi Nandini this looks amazing!

    • Nandini May 19, 2016 at 11:19 am #

      Thank You so much Hilda 🙂

  32. Special Learning House May 20, 2016 at 1:21 am #

    I will definitely be trying this! This looks so yummy! 🙂

    • Nandini May 27, 2016 at 11:20 am #

      That is so awesome to know. Thank You!

  33. Linda Fernandes May 25, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

    Woooow gorgeous & inviting

  34. thechickengrandma May 25, 2016 at 6:05 pm #

    I love checking out your blog and have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award so others can check it out also!

    • Nandini May 27, 2016 at 11:29 am #

      Thank You so much for thinking about me Faye. You are very kind 🙂

  35. The Creators Toolbox May 27, 2016 at 5:25 pm #

    I Nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! Check it out:

    • Nandini June 1, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

      Thank You so much for the nomination, that is very kind of you 🙂

  36. Garfield Hug June 11, 2016 at 3:59 am #

    Sounds yummy and “braised” full of flavors 🙂

    • Nandini June 14, 2016 at 12:40 pm #

      It sure is very flavorful and Thank You Much 🙂

  37. Lana-Once Upon a Spice August 31, 2016 at 7:04 am #

    Reblogged this on Once Upon a Spice and commented:
    A Spicy Beef Dish Inspired by Goan Influence Offered by my Friend Nandini of Goan Imports! Gorgeous!

    • Nandini September 1, 2016 at 4:30 pm #

      Thank You so much Lana for the re-blog, appreciate it very much 🙂

  38. chefkreso February 24, 2017 at 1:23 pm #

    Delicious Sunday dinner recipe, makes me so hungry! 🙂

    • Nandini February 27, 2017 at 5:28 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂


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