From Grandma’s Kitchen: Xacutti

Xacuti (pronounced as sha-cu-ti) is one of Goa’s most famous traditional local dish. It is aromatic, flavourful, and can be seen in different family functions. Variations of the below recipe are used by many Goans.



1 kg chicken/ mutton

3 tsps coriander

8 Kashmiri chillies

½ tsp cumin

1 tsp fenugreek seeds

5 peppercorns

2 tsps peanuts

½ coconut (scraped)

1” piece turmeric

4 cardamoms

6 cloves

1” cinnamon piece

1 lemon (juiced)


Salt to taste


Roast the coriander, chillies, cumin, fenugreek, pepper, peanuts, and coconut in a pan. Add the turmeric, cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon, and grind it all. (You can reduce the number of chillies to decrease the spiciness.)

Heat the ghee and brown the ground masala. Then, put in the chicken/ mutton pieces along with the amount of salt desired and mix well. Add the lemon juice after the meat is cooked.