Chicken Xacuti


Chicken Xacuti is one of the dishes influenced by the Portuguese. The word “xacuti” originates from the Portuguese word  “Chacuti.” It is a unique dish which Goan cuisine has to offer. No Goan feast & celebration is complete without xacuti. It tastes amazing with  sannas. Here is my way of cooking this special fragrant gravy which we enjoyed & it tasted even better the next day.. J

Ingredients :
·         1 kg Chicken pieces
·         8 to 10 dry Kashmiri Chillies (remove stalks & deseed)
·         3 large Onions (chopped)
·         4 med. Potatoes (halved)
·         3 med. Tomatoes (pureed)
·         1 tsp Cumin seeds
·         ½ tsp. Mustard seeds
·         4 tbsps. Coriander seeds
·         20 Peppercorns
·         ¼ piece Nutmeg
·         3 tbsps. Poppy seeds (khuskhus)
·         2 tbsps. Til seeds
·         ¼ tsp. Aniseed (Sauf)
·         1 Star Anise
·         1 tsp. Turmeric pwd.
·         5 Green Elaichi
·         ¼ tsp. Fenugreek seeds (Methi)
·         2” Cinnamon Sticks
·         8 Cloves
·         10 flakes fresh Garlic
·         1”fresh Ginger
·         3 fresh Green Chillies
·         3 tbps. Tamarind paste or pulp
·         ½ Coconut (scraped) + ¼ coconut cut into pieces
·         1 tsp. Sugar
·         4 tbsps. Vegetable Oil
·         Chopped coriander leaves for garnishing
 Method :
Wash the chicken pieces, apply salt & keep aside. 
On a tawa or pan,  toast  the kashmiri chillies, cumin, coriander seeds, mustard, nutmeg, pepper, cloves, cinnamon, khuskhus, til, methi seeds, sauf, elaichi, star anise, fresh or dry grated coconut, coconut pieces, 2 of the onions in a little oil each separately. 
Toast well but do not burn.
 Keep the toasted coconut pieces aside separately till required. 
Grind the remaining toasted spices alongwith ginger, garlic, green chillies & turmeric to a fine paste with water. 
Apply half of the masala paste to the chicken pieces, mix well & let it marinate for about 30 mins.
Take a large pot or pan & heat oil on med. heat. 
Fry one chopped onion till light golden. 
Add the marinated chicken & saute well for about 5 mins. 
Add the remaining masala paste, saute & fry the chicken along with the masala well. 
Add sufficient water to the chicken to form a gravy. 
Rinse the halved potatoes in water & add to the chicken gravy. 
Adjust salt to taste. 
Let the chicken come to a boil & then reduce heat & let it cook covered for about 5 mins. 
Now add the tamarind pulp & tomato puree & mix well. 
Let it simmer till the chicken & potatoes are cooked till tender & gravy is sufficiently thick. 
Make sure it is not too thick. 
Garnish with reserved coconut pieces & coriander leaves. 
Let the gravy settle for a few minutes for the flavours to meld. 
Serve hot with steamed rice, bread or sannas.
Tip :
*  Chicken Xacuti tastes better if eaten the next day.
*  Do not over cook the chicken.
*  Make sure you toast the coconut to a golden brown.
*  Well toasted spices give out a fragrant aroma.
*  You can exclude potatoes if you wish but I prefer with potatoes.
*  Use only Kashmiri Chillies.
*  Try & use fresh tamarind pulp.
*  Marinating chicken overnight brings out the flavours better.

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  1. Our family visits to the restaurant are sure to reduce! Thanks to your absolutely delicious mouthwatering aromatic recipes! This one is my personal favourite! Thankyou for these recipes aunty!:-)

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