Recipe

Beef xacuti

This Indian curry is a rich and delicious blend of local spices from the region of Goa.

  • 50 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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Ingredients

Beef xacuti
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • 800 gram beef blade steak, chopped coarsely
  • 2 brown onions (300g), chopped finely
  • 1 cup (250ml) water
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind concentrate
  • 1 cup (75g) shredded coconut
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 cloves
  • 4 dried long red chillies
  • 3 star anise
  • 2 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon each ground turmeric, cumin seeds, black peppercorns, fennel seeds
  • 6 clove garlic, quartered
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) water

Method

Beef xacuti
  • 1
    Make spice paste. Dry-fry coconut in large frying pan until browned lightly; remove from pan. Add spices to pan; dry-fry until fragrant. Blend or process all ingredients until smooth.
  • 2
    Heat half the ghee in 6-litre (24-cup) pressure cooker; cook beef, in batches, until browned. Remove from cooker.
  • 3
    Heat remaining ghee in cooker; cook onion, stirring, until soft. Return beef to cooker with spice paste; stir to coat beef in spice paste. Add the water; secure lid. Bring cooker to high pressure. Reduce heat to stabilise pressure; cook 30 minutes.
  • 4
    Release pressure using the quick release method; remove lid. Stir in tamarind; season to taste.

Notes

If you have an electric pressure cooker you won't need to reduce the heat to stabilise pressure, your cooker will automatically stabilise itself. Always check with the manufacturer's instructions before using. This is an Indian curry from the region of Goa. It's often made with chicken but as Goa used to be a Portuguese colony, they also eat beef and pork. The poppy seeds give it its signature colour and texture. Recipe suitable to freeze.

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