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Chicken Xacuti

Chicken Xacuti

Chicken Xacuti (pronounced as Sha-Koo-Ti) is a typical Goan chicken curry cooked in coconut paste. It is very a easy to prepare and delicious dish. Coconut and all the spices together give a unique flavour to this dish. The same ingredients and method can be used to make Prawns Xacuti. Only the cooking time will vary.

Preparation time :

15 minutes

Cooking time :

15 - 20 minutes

Total time :

Serves :

3 - 4


Dried red chillies 2

Dry Kashmiri chillies 3

Ajwain seeds ½ teaspoon

Cumin seeds1 teaspoon

Star anise 3

Cloves 5

Cinnamon stick 1 inch

Coriander seeds 1 tablespoon

Fennel seeds 1 teaspoon

Poppy seeds 1 teaspoon

Peppercorns 5

Desiccated / fresh grated coconut ½ cup

Chicken (skinless curry pieces) 600 gms

Onions finely chopped 2

Garlic cloves 4

Ginger 1 inch

Nutmeg powder ½ teaspoon

Turmeric powder ½ teaspoon

Tamarind pulp ½ tablespoon

Oil 3 tablespoons

Salt to taste

Chopped coriander leaves for garnishing


Marinate chicken by applying ¼ teaspoon of turmeric and ½ teaspoon of salt and keep aside.

Dry roast the coconut till golden brown. Keep aside.

Dry roast all the whole dry spices till you get nice aroma. Roast them on a low flame approx. 2-3 minutes.

Grind garlic, ginger and roasted coconut and roasted spice mix into a fine paste by adding little water.

Heat oil in a pan and add onion and fry till soft. Add turmeric powder and the paste and fry on medium heat for about 3-4 minutes.

Then, add marinated chicken pieces and fry for further about 3 minutes.

Add salt, nutmeg powder, tamarind pulp, 1½ cups of water and mix well. Bring it to boil.

Cover the saucepan, reduce heat to medium. Cook for about 15-20 minutes till the chicken is fully cooked.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or chapati.


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