Goan Mutton Xacuti

Goan Mutton Xacuti
Goan Mutton Xacuti
Xacuti (pronounced Shakuti) is a classic Goan dish that is not for the faint of heart. Fiery and loaded with flavour, it's absolutely delicious!

Marinating Ingredients:
1.5 kilogram mutton (I used Goat leg)
2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon ginger/garlic paste (ginger/garlic paste recipe)

Masala Ingredients (to roast and grind):
2 medium onions (chopped fine)
10 dry red chilies (I used Aldona chilies)
1 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
3/4 teaspoon peppercorn
1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
2 teaspoon poppy seeds
3 tablespoon coriander seeds
2 inch cinnamon
10 cloves
1 star anise
2 pieces mace
5 cardamom
7 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon coconut oil for roasting

Other Ingredients:
1 medium onion (chopped fine)
12 small potatoes (cut in half)
1.5 inch tamarind ball (soak in 1/2 cup hot water to extract pulp)
oil for frying/sauteing
salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon sugar

1. Clean, wash, cut and marinate the mutton. Apply salt and ginger/garlic paste, and keep aside for an hour.

2. Prep your ingredients and spices before you begin to save time while cooking

 3. Dry roast the spices in a non-stick pan on medium heat. Do not let the spices burn or it will make the curry bitter to taste

 4. Roast the coconut next. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil to the desiccated coconut. Once the coconut starts to brown, add the 1/2 teaspoon turmeric to it.

 5. Roast the garlic and 2 chopped onions next. Again, brown but do not let burn.

 6. Once all the spices are roasted, grind them to a thick, smooth paste

7. Pre-cook the mutton until it's almost fully cooked with a cup or two of water. Do not discard the stock once it's cooked, we will use it later.

8. Heat a couple tablespoons of oil in a pot, and saute the chopped onion in it. Once the onion turns translucent, add the ground masala paste to it. Fry on medium heat for a few minutes.

9. You will notice the masala paste darkening as you're frying it. Once it starts to dry and leave the sides of the pot, add a couple cups of the stock to it. Mix well and let it come to a boil.

 10. Once the curry base comes to a boil, add the cut potatoes to it. Cook on medium heat until the potatoes are almost cooked through. Add the pre-cooked mutton to the pot next along with the tamarind stock and bring the curry back to a boil. Cook for an additional 10 minutes or so.

11. Taste for salt and add a pinch or two of sugar to the curry before turning off the heat

12. Plate and serve with steamed rice.

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