17th June 2024

Beef Xacuti

Beef Xacuti

The Goan Xacuti is mostly prepared with mutton or chicken but making it with beef is also an option. The preparation of the beef xacuti requires numerous spices and is a bit of a tedious process but the end result is that you have a lip smacking curry. Serve it with hold rice and an onion-tomato-chilly-lemon salad on the side. For a milder tasting Coconut Beef Curry, click here.

Serves: 8 Persons

Prep. Time: 20 Mins. + Marination

Cooking Time: 55 to 60 Mins.


[Standard Measure – 1 cup = 250 ml ]

  • Beef (boneless-cubed) – 1 kg.
  • Masala Paste 1:
    • Dry Red Chillies [Bedgi] (deseeded) – 12
    • Corriander Seeds – 1 tbsp.
    • Black Pepper Corns – 30
    • Cloves – 10 to 12
    • Cinnamon – 2 inch
    • Green Cardamom – 02
    • Poppy Seeds – 1 tsp.
    • Cumin Seeds – ¼ tsp.
    • Aniseed – ½ tsp.
    • Mace – ½ floret
    • Star Anise (remove the seeds) – ½ flower
    • Nutmeg – less than ¼ piece
Making of Beef Xacuti
  • Masala Paste 2:
    • Fresh Coconut (grated) – 1 cup tightly packed
    • Onion (sliced) – 1 medium
    • Garlic – 4 to 6 cloves
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste – 1 tbsp.
  • Onion (chopped) – 1 medium
  • Tomato (chopped) – 1 medium
  • Green Corriander Leaves (finely chopped) – ¼ cup
  • Curry Leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Lime – 1 big or more
  • Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp.
  • Stock Cube (veg) – 2 small
  • Oil – 4 tbsp.
  • Salt – 1 tsp. or to taste

Step 1:     Wash the beef pieces and drain well. Apply salt, ginger-garlic paste and the juice of the lime and leave aside to marinate for at least an hour. (if you intend to marinate longer, place it in the refrigerator)

Making of Beef Xacuti

Step 2:     While the meat is marinating, take a heavy bottomed pan / iron pan (kadai) and roast the dried red chillies on low heat till they are crisp. Keep turning them around so that they do not burn. Set aside in a plate.

Making of Beef Xacuti

Step 3:     Next dry roast the corriander seeds till fragrant and till it changes colour. Transfer to the plate.

Making of Beef Xacuti

Step 4:     Put all the remaining spices in the pan except the poppy seeds and dry roast them till fragrant and transfer.

Making of Beef Xacuti

Step 5:     Finally roast the poppy seeds for a minute or two. Transfer to the plate and let all the spices cool down completely.

Step 6:     Grind all the roasted ingredients with ½ tsp. turmeric and ¼ cup water to a fine paste and keep aside.

Step 7:     In the same pan, heat 1 tbsp. oil and roast the coconut on medium heat till light brown. Transfer to a plate.

Step 8:     Add another tbsp. of oil and roast the sliced onion and garlic till light brown. The add the roasted coconut and mix well. Switch off the heat and allow the mixture to cool. When completely cooled, grind this mixture to a paste with ½ cup water.

Making of Beef Xacuti

Step 9:     Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a pressure cooker. Add the chopped onion and sauté on medium heat till soft. Then add the marinated meat with all of the liquids and sauté on high heat till the meat changes colour.

Making of Beef Xacuti

Step 10:     Add the tomatoes and the 1 crushed stock cube and mix well. Add 1 cup hot water and put on the lid of the pressure cooker and continue cooking on high heat till the 1st whistle. Then turn the heat to low and cook further for 30 minutes. Later switch off the heat and allow the cooker to stand so as to allow the pressure to release naturally without opening the lid.

Making of Beef Xacuti

Step 11:     Open the lid of the pressure cooker and continue cooking in it or transfer to another vessel. Switch on the heat and add the Masala Paste 1 and the curry leaves and cook covered with a flat lid on medium heat for 10 minutes.

Making of Beef Xacuti

Step 12:     Next add the Masala Paste 2, 1 crushed stock cube and ½ cup hot water. Mix well and check for salt. Add if required. Continue to cook covered on medium heat for another 8 to 10 minutes. Switch off the heat. Add some lime juice to taste and garnish with the chopped corriander. Cover and allow to stand for at least 5 minutes before serving.

Making of Beef Xacuti


  • If you prefer your curry to be milder you can add a cup of thick coconut milk (see here) to tame it down.
Making of Beef Xacuti

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