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Xacuti Recipe

How to make Chicken Xacuti

Xacuti Recipe : A Goan delicacy smothered in a home made spice and coconut paste. This recipe was shared by Tara Deshpande in the gourmet session at The Imperial, New Delhi. The recipe is a part of her book "A Sense for Spice".

  • Total Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
  • Prep Time 45 mins
  • Cook Time 45 mins
  • Recipe Servings4
  • Medium

Ingredients of Xacuti

  • For the chicken:
  • 800-900 gram Skinned chicken pieces with bone, washed
  • 4 tbsp Oil
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 medium Onion, finely chopped
  • Salt
  • For the spice paste:
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 2 Cloves
  • 4 Black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp Coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 5-6 Kashmiri chillies, stalk and seeds removed
  • 1 medium Onion, finely chopped
  • 3 long Green chillies (roughly chopped)
  • 8 Garlic cloves, chopped
  • For the coconut paste:
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1/4 cup cashew nuts, unsalted
  • 2 tsp White poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened coconut, grated
  • Water

How to Make Xacuti

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For the spice paste, heat oil in a pan and add cinnamon stick, cloves, black peppercorns, coriander seeds, cumin seeds and kashmiri chillies.
Mix in the onion and saute the mixture till the onions caramelize. Cool the mixture and grind with a little water.
Add the green chillies, ginger paste, garlic paste and grind again to a fine consistency.
For the coconut paste, heat oil on medium heat in a pan. Toast the cashew nuts, poppy seeds and coconut till they are a light golden brown. Cool and grind with a little water.
For the chicken, heat oil in a pan, add bay leaves and saute for 30 seconds. Add the onions and saute till a pale pink.
Mix the spice paste and saute, stirring continuously, until it thickens and releases oil. Put the heat on high, add chicken and mix well in the spices. Add a cup of water, cover the pan and let simmer for 15 minutes.
Now, add the coconut paste, a little water and cook uncovered for 5 minutes. Add salt (to taste). Cool and refrigerate overnight.
Reheat next day over low heat while stirring. Serve hot with bread or plain boiled white rice.
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