• Dr. Mohan Dewan assisted by Adv. Shubham Borkar

When it comes to food, the name of a dish holds meaning beyond just identification. The name of a dish can give insight into the history behind it, the ingredients used, or even the cultural significance it holds. In this series of blogs, we will explore the history behind famous Indian dishes.

Xacuti / Shakuti

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Xacuti, also spelled as shakuti or shakuti chicken, is a popular spicy curry dish from the coastal state of Goa, India. The dish is made with a blend of ground spices and coconut, and is typically served with rice or bread.

The origin of Xacuti can be traced back to the Konkan region of India, which encompasses the states of Goa, Maharashtra, and Karnataka. The dish has its roots in the cuisine of the Goud Saraswat Brahmin (GSB) community, who are known for their rich and flavorful dishes.

According to culinary historians, Xacuti was originally made with meat, most commonly chicken or lamb. The dish was traditionally prepared by grinding a variety of spices, including coriander, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, and cloves, along with coconut and roasted red chilies. The ground spices and coconut were then cooked with the meat and a souring agent, such as tamarind or vinegar.

Over time, the recipe for xacuti has evolved to include additional ingredients, such as onions, ginger, garlic, and tomato. Some versions of the dish also include cashew nuts and poppy seeds, which add a rich and creamy texture.

Xacuti's unique flavor profile is a result of the combination of spices used in the dish. The coriander and cumin provide a warm and earthy flavor, while the turmeric gives the dish its characteristic yellow color. The cinnamon and cloves add asweet and spicy aroma, while the roasted red chilies provide a fiery kick. The coconut adds a nutty and creamy flavor, which balances out the heat of the spices.

Xacuti has become an integral part of Goan cuisine and is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. In fact, the dish has gained such popularity that it is now found in many Indian restaurants around the world.

In addition to its delicious flavour, Xacuti is also known for its health benefits. The spices used in the dish are known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which can help boost the immune system and aid in digestion.



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