Goan Beef Pepper Stew

Before the buffet system was introduced in Goa, food courses used to be served individually in plates. This was practiced especially during Catholic marriages. The method of service was known as servico volante wherein soup, a fish dish, and a meat dish and pulao were served consecutively. The meat dish generally comprised a stew. During the Portuguese rule, various types of stews were prepared in Goan Catholic homes. The most famous is the meat stew prepared with vegetables and macaroni.
  • Passive
    30 minutes
  • Prep
    20 minutes
  • Cook
    25 minutes
  • Servings
    6 people


  • 1/2 Kilograms Beef (Boneless)
  • 1 tsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 1/2 onions, chopped
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 inch Cinnamon stick
  • 1 Tomato (diced)
  • 1 cup Potatoes (peeled, cubed and boiled)
  • 1 cup Carrots (peeled, cubed and boiled)
  • 1 cup Green Peas (cooked)
  • 2 cup Macaroni (cooked)
  • 2 tbsp Oil
For Pepper Masala:-
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Pepper powder (can add more as per tatse)
  • 1/2 tbsp Coriander powder


  • 1 Cut the beef into small cubes. Apply salt, lime and ginger garlic paste to it. Marinate it for at least 30 mins.
  • 2 In a pressure cooker, add 1 tbsp oil. Add cloves, cinnamon and 1 chopped onion. Fry onion till soft and translucent.
  • 3 Cook on high heat for 5 mins till you see juices coming out from meat. Add ¼ cup water and keep on high for 1 whistle.
  • 4 In another pan, add 1 tbsp oil, remaining ½ chopped onion and tomato. Cook till soft. Add the pepper masala. Fry for a minute.
  • 5 Add the cooked meat. Bring it to a boil.
  • 6 Add the potatoes, carrots and peas. Mix in well.
  • 7 Add the macaroni. Mix well.
  • 8 Serve hot with slice bread.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can skip the macaroni if desired.
  2. Can use different types of pasta instead of macaroni pasta.
  3. While serving the stew, add a blob of butter while heating it.
  4. For spicier version of the stew, add another 2 tsp of the pepper masala.

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