Xacuti Masala A Fiery Spice Paste Of Roasted Spices And Coconut

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Jun. 09, 2015

A traditional favourite in Goa, India Xacuti is well loved and for good reason. Meat, Chicken, Fish or even veggies are simmered is a blend of aromatic whole roasted spices like red chillies, cumin, fennel, coriander, cloves, poppy seeds, cinnamon, cardamom star anise and blended with turmeric, roasted onion, garlic and coconut. This masala or spice paste can be made ahead and stored till needed. Recipe shared by my friend David D'souza of Dusty's Foodie Adventures


Red kashmiri chilies 10 , deseeded
Cumin seeds 1/2 Teaspoon
Peppercorn 1/2 Teaspoon
Fennel seed 1/2 Teaspoon
Cloves 5
Poppy seeds 2 Teaspoon
Coriander seeds 2 Tablespoon
Cinnamon 1 Inch
Cardamom 2
Star anise 1
Turmeric 1/2 Teaspoon
Garlic 8 Clove (40 gm)
Coconut 1 Cup (16 tbs) (fresh/ frozen)
Red onions 1 , coarsely chopped
Coconut oil 3 Tablespoon
Salt To Taste



In a large pan, roast chillies, cumin seeds, peppercorn, fennel, cloves, poppy seeds, coriander seeds, cinnamon, cardamom, star anise and allow to cool.

In same pan, roast chopped onions, garlic and transfer to a bowl to cool.

In a food processor, combine the cooled spice mixture and turmeric. Grind to a fine powder.

In a pan, fry coconut and melt coconut oil.

Add onion and garlic mixture, coconut mixture and blend well to get a smooth paste.



Add to Goan curry, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 10 Minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving size Complete recipe

Calories 1030Calories from Fat 714

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 84 g129.2%

Saturated Fat 63 g315%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 450 mg18.75%

Total Carbohydrates 76 g25.3%

Dietary Fiber 30 g120%

Sugars 19 g

Protein 16 g32%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet