Goan Beef Xacuti

Xacuti (pronounced “Sha-kuti”) is a classic Goan dish. It has a rich delicious blend of local spices and fresh coconut. Fiery and loaded with flavor, it's absolutely delicious!
  • Passive
    45 minutes
  • Prep
    20 minutes
  • Cook
    45 minutes
  • Servings
    4 People


  • 500 grams Beef, cut into cubes
  • 1 tsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 Green chillies
  • 4 Garlic cloves
  • 4 tbsp Coriander leaves
  • 2 springs Curry leaves
  • 1/2 cup Freshly grated coconut
  • 1 1/2 Onion (Sliced)
  • 2 tbsp Homemade Xacuti masala (see my recipe in notes below OR use readymade Goan Xacuti masala powder)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Oil (As required)


  • 1 In a bowl, add the beef cubes along with salt and ginger garlic paste. Marinate for at least 15 mins. Make a paste of green chillies, garlic, one spring curry leaves and 4 tbsp coriander leaves. Apply this paste to the beef. Marinate for another 30 mins.
  • 2 In another pan, add 2 tbsp oil and add onions and coconut. Fry till nicely browned. Cool completely.
  • 3 To the cooled coconut and onion mixture, add the Xacuti masala and turmeric powder.
  • 4 Grind this mixture with sufficient water to a fine paste. Leave it aside.
  • 5 In a pressure cooker, add 2 tbsp oil and add the marinated beef. Cook for 5 mins till you see the juices of the meat come out. Add ½ cup water and close pressure cooker and cook for 2 whistles, lower flame and cook for another 10 mins till meat is well cooked.
  • 6 In a vessel, add 3 tbsp oil and fry the remaining ½ onion along with one spring curry leaves.
  • 7 Cook till onion is soft. Then add the grounded masala paste. Cook for 2 mins.
  • 8 Add the cooked meat from pressure cooker.
  • 9 Cook for another 10 mins. Add coriander leaves. Serve with Rice or pao.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can use mutton or chicken instead of beef.
  2. But with chicken preparation, cook chicken directly with masala don’t pressure cook it.
  3. The longer you marinate the meat, the tastier the Xacuti gets.
  4. Red meat Xacuti always tastes best the next day.
  5. Xacuti goes well with pao, sliced onion and a squeeze of lime. Also goes well with Peas pulao.
  6. Click here for Goan Peas Pulao Recipe
  7. Click here for Xacuti Masala Powder Recipe
  8. Click here for Goan Pao Recipe.

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