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Chicken xacuti

Chicken Xacuti

This Goan chicken curry is full of flavors and will definitely make you crave for more
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Chicken xacuti goan recipe, Shakuti
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marination time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Hema Magesh


For marination

  • 4 cloves garlic (6g)
  • 1 piece ginger (6g)
  • a bit of coriander leaves (6g)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • ½ tsp pepper corns
  • ½ tsp cumin whole
  • 1 tbsp curd/yogurt
  • a pinch of turmeric
  • salt as needed(¾-1tsp)

For masala

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1" piece cinnamon
  • 1 green cardamom
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 petals star anise
  • half of a mace(javithri/jathipathiri)
  • 3 red chillies
  • ½ tsp pepper corns
  • ½ tsp cumin whole
  • a pinch of fenugreek seeds
  • a pinch of ajwain
  • a pinch of nutmeg powder/grated nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds/fried gram dal(pottukadalai)
  • 1 +¼ cup grated coconut loosely packed(100g + 25g)

Rest of the ingredients

  • 500g chicken with bones
  • 1 medium-sized onion
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • a big marble-sized piece of tamarind
  • 1 cup water + as needed for grinding
  • a pinch of turmeric powder
  • red chilly powder(as needed)
  • salt to taste

For garnish

  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tbsp ghee(or as preferred)
  • finely chopped coriander leaves


  • Chop the chicken into medium-sized pieces. Rub with turmeric and salt and wash with water.
    Chicken Xacuti prep steps 1&2
  • Grind the first 6 ingredients given under "for marination" with a little water. Marinate the chicken in this paste with the curd, turmeric powder, and salt for 30 minutes.
    Chicken Xacuti prep steps 3&4
  • In about a tsp of oil, fry all the items starting with coriander seeds and ending with poppy seeds as given in the "for masala" list. Add the fenugreek seeds, ajwain, and poppy seeds last of all. Let it cool.
    Chicken Xacuti prep steps5&6
  • Next roast 1 cup of grated coconut till it's nice and brown. Cool down and grind this together with the roasted spices and water to make a paste.
    Chicken Xacuti prep steps7&8
  • Soak the tamarind in ½ cup water for some time, squeeze it and keep ready. Extract ¼ cup of coconut milk by grinding the ¼ cup of coconut with some water. Julienne the onion to thin strips.
    Chicken Xacuti prep steps9&10
  • In a frying pan take 2tbsp of oil and saute the onion. Once it turns pink and fries a bit, add the marinated chicken. Saute till the meat changes color.
  • Next, add the ground masala paste, saute for a minute and then add the tamarind water, turmeric powder, chilly powder and salt as needed. Add another ½ cup water and let cook till the chicken is done and the gravy thickens.
    Chicken Xacuti prep steps13&14
  • Finally, add the coconut milk and switch off the stove when it comes to a boil. Squeeze the lemon and garnish with ghee and coriander leaves. I served it with plain white rice. Goans prefer to have this mostly with pavs or dinner rolls, and sometimes with flatbreads and rice.
    Chicken Xacuti prep step15