• Payal Maharaj

Guest Post! Jiji's Special Goat Curry

Updated: Nov 2

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I am so excited to share today's recipe! My little sister agreed to cook and share her Special Goat Curry recipe with mum and me! My sister is a great cook in her own right. She is constantly cooking and trying new recipes when she is not busy being an awesome Vice Principle! So proud of her! We all love her cooking so I feel very excited to be able to share some of her food with everyone. It is very tasty you guys!

My sister and I are about six years apart but that age gap has not mattered much to us. We are still as thick as thieves. Lol. Most people confuse us for twins sometimes actually. We have experienced lots of ups and downs together and she has always been there for me. Let me tell you. A sister is the best friend you can ever have. Mine is the bestest of course. As we grew older, we pursued college and different career paths that have taken us to different places in the country. At certain times, we have even lived together as roommates. Those were some very nice times. I remember quite well that she would get off work earlier than me. So she would start cooking dinner. I would always come home to delicious homecooked meals after a long day of work. It was very nice indeed! We also hunted out all the good places to eat in the area we lived. Fun and happy times. Happy heart.


My education and career has taken me away from my family quite a bit. While I enjoyed pursuing my passions at the time, I always missed my family very much. I am happy to say that I am back home with my family and I plan to stay for good this time. I think sometimes in life, it takes a while to come home. I am blessed to have found mine where my parents, sister&family, husband, kids, pets and rest of extended family are. I hope to keep writing about our great family recipes and preserve them for future generations.

Today's recipe is special in many ways. First of all, this is the first guest recipe from my sister. Second of all, goat meat is a special occasion meat. It is not something we cook every day or even every month. Back in Fiji, goat meat was expensive and was always made for a special occasions only. Usually you would have to go a farm and pick out a goat that would then be butchered for you. One of times goat would be made is for the Christmas holidays. I remember going to my Aji's (paternal grandmother) house in Vutuni for Christmas and goat curry was always one of the dishes that was made. All parts of the goat would be used in different ways. Nothing was ever wasted. Christmas was not a religious holiday for us. We also did not grow up with Christmas trees and gifts. For us, Christmas was a time to get together with family that you would not always see, relax and have fun. Everyone goes home for Christmas. We had a lot of fun at my Aji's house especially during that time. Here in the US, we are able to find pre-cut goat meat at the Indian store so of course we don't wait until Christmas to eat goat!

My sister's recipe is based on the basic meat curry recipe my mum has but with her own modifications. Everyone loves it! So finally, here is the recipe. Turn on flame to high heat, add oil and let it heat up. Once oil is hot, add whole spices and curry leaves if using. Then add onions, garlic, ginger and chilis if using. Cook until aromatic. Add turmeric and garam masala. At this point, the mixture will look like a brownish paste. Then add your goat pieces. Mix well so goat is thoroughly coated in the paste. Add salt to taste and mix.

Cook on high heat for 8-10 minutes stirring occasionally. Add water, bring to boil and reduce to simmer. Cover and cook for about an hour and half. By this point, most of the water should have cooked off resulting in tender goat pieces simmered in a thick and spicy masala gravy. At the end of cooking, add chopped cilantro both as a garnish and for freshness and you now have yourself Jiji's Special Goat Curry!

Serve with rice&dhal or with a flatbread like roti or poori. See full recipe below complete with measurements!


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RECIPE:

Ingredients:

-4lbs cubed goat meat

-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

-1/2 tsp mustard seeds

-1/2 tsp cumin seeds

-handful of curry leaves (optional)

-1 cup diced onion

-2 tbsp ground garlic

-2 tbsp ground ginger

-10 Thai chilis (optional)

-10 cloves

-3 star anise

-4 cardamom pods

-6 tsp garam masala

-3 1/2 tsp turmeric

-salt to taste

-5 cups water

-handful of chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)

Method:

  1. Thaw, wash and drain cubed goat pieces.

  2. Place pot on high heat. Add oil and let it heat up.

  3. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, cloves, star anise, cardamom and curry leaves if using. After 1-2 minutes, add diced onions. Once edges are brown, add garlic, ginger and chilis if using. Let this mixture cook until aromatic.

  4. Add garam masala and turmeric and mix well. Let this cook for 1-2 minutes until aromatic and forms a paste. Do not let this burn.

  5. Add goat pieces, salt to taste and mix well. Cover and let cook for about 8-10 minutes.

  6. Add water. Mix well and bring to boil.

  7. Reduce to simmer, cover and cook for about hour and half or until meat is tender.

  8. By this point most of the water should have cooked off. Turn heat to high and cook off any remaining water. Goat should be tender a thick gravy should have formed.

  9. Add handful of chopped cilantro for flavor and garnish and Jiji's Special Goat Curry is ready!

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