Imagine you are sitting in Goa by the beach eating chicken xacuti or usal pav. Ever wondered if you can make the same Goan curry at home. The recipe below will help you get the same refreshing taste at home. This is a typical Goan masala used in a variety of curries. You can add it to meat, vegetables, beans, and feel like you are sitting by the beach enjoying an authentic Goan meal. Here are links to my Goan goat curry, Goan chicken curry, and Goan crab curry.
I make a huge batch of this Goan masala about once every month or two and freeze in multiple containers with about 2-4 tablespoons of masala each. This masala will make your tastebuds come alive.
I make two versions – one with fried onions and the other without. I use the masala without onions for vegetarian curries and beans. If you don’t like the taste of onions, feel free to skip them. The secret to making the best masala is to roast the spices really well until they turn red. Make sure to not burn them. Also, feel free to adjust the quantities of different spices based on your tastebuds and the availability of spices.
Goan curry masala
- 2 tbsp coriander seeds
- 1 tbsp fennel seeds
- 20 peppercorns
- 1/2 stick cinnamon
- 7-8 cloves
- 1/2 whole nutmeg or 1/4 tsp powdered nutmeg
- 20 red chillies
- 1 tbsp poppy seeds
- 1 anistar
- ball of tamarind
- 3 cups grated coconut
- 3 sliced onions medium sized
- oil as needed
- water for blending
- Heat oil in a pan.
- Add fennel seeds. Roast for a minute.
- Add coriander seeds and roast some more.
- Add rest of the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and peppercorn and roast.
- Finally add the red chillies and poppy seeds and roast till the spices are almost red and fragrant. Don’t burn them.
- Set the spice mixture aside in a different container to cool.
- Add oil to the same pan and roast coconut until it is almost brown.
- Roast onions in oil until they are reddish brown. Then cool them.
- Cool everything and blend onion, coconut, spices, and tamarind to a fine paste to use in curries. Use water as needed.
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