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Chicken Xacuti  Recipe

One of the most popular goan dish – chicken cooked with a medley of spices.

This recipe has featured on the show Khanakhazana.

Preparation Time : 26-30 minutes

Cooking time : 41-50 minutes

Servings : 4

Chicken Xacuti

Main Ingredients





Main Course_Chicken

Level Of Cooking


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  • Chicken cut into 12 pieces
    800 grams
  • Oil
    4 tablespoons
  • Coconut scraped
    1 cup
  • Garlic
    4-6 cloves
  • Whole dry red chillies broken
  • Cumin seeds
    1 teaspoon
  • Coriander seeds
    1 1/2 tablespoons
  • Black peppercorns
  • Fennel seeds (saunf)
    1 teaspoon
  • Carom seeds (ajwain)
    1 teaspoon
  • Poppy seeds (khuskhus/posto)
    2 tablespoons
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon
    2 inch stick
  • Star anise
  • Turmeric powder
    1/2 teaspoon
  • Onions chopped
    2 medium
  • Salt
    to taste
  • Tamarind pulp
    1 tablespoon
  • Nutmeg grated
    1/4 teaspoon


Step 1

Heat one tablespoon of oil in a pan and lightly brown coconut and transfer into a mixer jar. Add garlic cloves.

Step 2

Dry roast red chillies, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, black peppercorns, fennel seeds, carom seeds, poppy seeds, cloves, cinnamon and star anise till fragrant. Add it to the coconut in the jar.

Step 3

Add turmeric powder and a little water and grind to a smooth paste. Heat the remaining oil in a deep pan and sauté onions till well browned. Add chicken and sauté on high heat for two to three minutes.

Step 4

Add salt and mix. Add the masala paste and stir well. Add two cups of water and stir. Add tamarind pulp and mix. Grate some nutmeg (about ¼ teaspoon) and add. When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for about thirty minutes or till t

Step 5

Serve hot with boiled Goan red rice.

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