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Blogging Marathon# 26: Week 1/ Day 1

Theme: Goan Cuisine

Dish: Vegetarian Xacuti with Meatless Meatballs

Today we start Blogging Marathon# 26 and my theme for this week is “Goan Cuisine”. The only dish that  I have tried from Goa is the Vegetable Vindaloo. So when I saw this theme, I decided to try more dishes from this cuisine.

When I think of Goa, I think of scenic blue seas, beautiful churches and lush greenery. All this from watching a ton of Indian movies because I’m fortunate to visit this paradise on earth yet. Hopefully one day we can make this trip. When I think of Goan cuisine, I think of seafood and meat, because from movies like Saagar of the coast, the Portuguese colonization and the Christian population. But what I didn’t know that there are vegetarian dishes that are unique to konkani region.

The dishes I tried are actually made with meat and have fancy names. For the first day I made Xacuti which is usually made with chicken or lamb, but I used meatless meatballs to make it a vegetarian/ vegan dish. I wanted to make seitan but didn’t find the time, so opted for meatless meatballs I had in the fridge. Mixed vegetables can also be used instead.

I used Suma’s Xacuti masala recipe. It has 11 ingredients and once the masala powder is ready, curry itself takes no time to put together.

Print Recipe
Vegetarian Xacuti Yum
Course side dish
Cuisine goan
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
For the Curry:
  • 15 (homemade or store bought) Meatless Meatballs
  • 1 Onion - large, chopped
  • ½ cup Tomatoes Crushed
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic + paste
  • 2 tsps Tamarind paste
  • 3 tbsps Masala Xacuti
  • to taste Salt
For the Xacuti Masala:
  • 3 tbsps Sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsps Peanuts
  • ½ cup Coconut Dry grated
  • 2 tbsps Coriander seeds
  • 12 Cloves
  • six 1 Cinnamon " - piece
  • ½ tsp Nutmeg powder
  • ½ tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 12 chilies Dry red
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds
Course side dish
Cuisine goan
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
For the Curry:
  • 15 (homemade or store bought) Meatless Meatballs
  • 1 Onion - large, chopped
  • ½ cup Tomatoes Crushed
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic + paste
  • 2 tsps Tamarind paste
  • 3 tbsps Masala Xacuti
  • to taste Salt
For the Xacuti Masala:
  • 3 tbsps Sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsps Peanuts
  • ½ cup Coconut Dry grated
  • 2 tbsps Coriander seeds
  • 12 Cloves
  • six 1 Cinnamon " - piece
  • ½ tsp Nutmeg powder
  • ½ tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 12 chilies Dry red
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds
Instructions
  1. Make the Masala Powder: Dry roast all the ingredients listed under masala except for coconut, on low flame until they are fragrant and change 2 shades darker. Let cool and grind to a powder along with coconut.
  2. Make the curry: Heat 2tbsp oil in a saute pan, add the onions and cook on medium flame until they turn golden brown. Add the ginger+garlic paste and cook for another minute.
  3. Next add the crushed tomatoes and tamarind paste along with ½cup of water . Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add the Xacuti masala and cook for 5 more minutes. Finally add the meatballs and cook until heated through. Serve warm with rice or roti.
Recipe Notes

I served with some simple veggie fried rice.

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked up today for BM# 26.

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22 thoughts on “Vegetarian Xacuti”

  1. Never heard of meatless meat balls until now. I checked your recipe and it is absolutely brilliant. Loved the xacuti masala also. The combination of fried rice and xacuti looks fabulaous…

  2. My impression of Goa is same as yours, and again from watching a whole lot of movies! Hopefully, we will get to see the place one day :)The Xacuti and the clicks are really great. Love it!

  3. Goan cuisine is one cuisine I have never tried to took…wonder why?…the dish looks really inviting..and must be tried asap!

  4. Am in love with that cute kadai, vegetarian xacuti looks absolutely fantabulous, lovely twist to the usual non vegetarian one.

  5. Me too.. That fancy kadai is so cute.. Actually thats the first to catch the attention in the click… Lovely presentation and the curry looks awesome… Where did you get that?

  6. Never made anything with meatless meat balls. Your recipe looks awesome. Going to try it soon sometime 🙂

  7. I read so much about xacuti for a research but never came around making any of those dishes. The masala used for this dish sounds interesting.lovely pictures Pavani..I love how the rice looks in your fried rice..

  8. I loved the idea of using meatless meatballs in this recipe. All the pictures are looking fabulous. Especially love the last rice one. Did you cook it in a rice cooker or how? It looks nicely done and fluffy.

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