Imagine the medley of roasted spices and rich coconutty flavor, all in a beautiful creamy gravy! That's Chicken Xacuti for you. One of the most popular dishes from the Konkan coast of Goa, Chicken Xacuti is a perfect side dish to steamed rice or bread/pav. Xacuti is pronounced as 'Shakuti or Shakooti' and is a blend of grated coconut and roasted spices including dry red chilies and poppy seeds. There are different variations where you add grated coconut and grind it with roasted spices or you add coconut milk later in the gravy.
Goan cuisine is a result of many influences - especially Portuguese because of the 400 years of colonialism, this beautiful piece of land underwent. Goan food is rich, creamy, flavorful and spicy to say the least. Inspired from the Portuguese Chakuti, the Goan Xacuti is also cooked to perfection resulting in juicy, moist chicken chunks. It's a classic dish form the region and with layers of flavors, you are sure to enjoy this yummilicious Goan dish! Xacuti can be prepared with prawns, crabs or vegetables as well.
I had been to Goa last year and honestly, more than the basking in the sunny beach glory, the prospect of relishing delicious Goan seafood made Husband and I to take a vacation here. It was only once that we had a chicken dish from a beach shack in Anjuna beach; and that was Chicken Xacuti. >I loved it so much that I bravely went up to the receptionalist to ask if I can have a word with the chef. Here it is; the authentic recipe for Chicken Xacuti!
How to make Chicken Xacuti at home:
Marinate the chicken pieces in turmeric powder and salt. Keep aside for at least 20 minutes. Roast the dry spices - coriander seeds, dry red chilies, cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, cloves and garlic cloves. Add poppy seeds as well. Remove. Dry roast grated coconut until lightly browned. Grind the spices and coconut together.
In a pan, add oil and sliced onions. Saute well. Add the spice paste and cook for about a minute. Add the marinated chicken pieces and cover and cook for a couple of minutes. Do not add water, let the chicken cook in its moisture. Add tamarind pulp, and chicken broth or water. Mix well and cook till the chicken is cooked through. This will take about 30 minutes .Stir in some coriander leaves and you are good to serve with steamed rice.
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