Saturday, October 31, 2009

Recipe: Selvie's Goat Curry

Like me, I know a lot of people who think their mum is the best cook in the world. The difference is that most people think my mum is the best cook in the world. It's only as I get older and travel the world and sample the myriad of cuisines out there that I realise how good my mum truly is. Most of her repertoire is based on her South African Indian cooking traditions - curries, briyanis, pilaus and vegetable braises.
She prepared this goat curry for dinner last night in Melbourne after my Ch10 7pm Project appearance. From acting the goat to eating the goat....

1.5 kg goat meat including bones
2 chopped brown onions
1 tspn crushed garlic
1 tspn crushed ginger
2 cloves
2 cardomon pods, cracked
2 cinnamon sticks
4 medium chopped tomatoes
2 tspns tumeric
2 tspns coriander powder
2 tspns fennel powder
2 tspns smoked paprika
1 tspn crushed chilli flakes
1/2 tspn chilli powder
3 tablespoons oil
1 tspn salt
1 tspn pepper
4 cups boiling water

Preparation time: about 15 minutes
Cooking time: 2 1/2 hours

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a thick-based casserole pot on medium heat. Fry 1 chopped onion for ten minutes until it begins to colour. Add crushed garlic and ginger and cook gently for a minute. Add cardomon pods, clove and cinnamon sticks, then add the spices -  tumeric powder, fennel powder, coriander, smoked paprika, chiili powder and chilli flakes and fry gently making sure spices don't burn. Add another tablespoon of oil.

Now add the goat meat and bones, salt and pepper and brown making sure all the meat is coated in the onion and spice mix. Increase the temperature to medium-high. Add the 4 cups of boiling water. Boil, then turn down to high-medium and cook until goat meat is tender. Keep an eye on the water. It needs to cover the meat.This will take up to about 2 hours depending how young/old your goat is. Now add the other chopped onion, the four chopped tomatoes and cook for about 15 minutes until onion and tomato dissolve into the sauce. Simmer for another ten minutes and then add freshly chopped coriander leaves and serve with steamed rice.

the meat is unctuous, tangy and robust

give the bones a good gnaw


  1. Yum, thanks for sharing your mum's's right up my family's alley. I'll get some goat next week at central markets and have a go.

  2. I have always longed to try curry goat. One day I will. I was spoiled as I had a Sri Lankan neighbour as a child and her cooking was amazing. Try as I may I have never been able to replicate her wondrous meals.

  3. That looks SO mouthwatering Indira! I live in Melbourne, but haven't often seen goat meat for sale (hmm, maybe never actually). Does your mum have easy access to goat meat? I would pressume, if we wanted to have a go at this curry, and couldn't get hold of goat, the next best option would be lamb please?

  4. I was thinking of lamb as a substitute for the goat. I wouldn't know where to get it in Bunbury.
    I must try the recipe though, it looks delicious!

  5. dear suziwong66,
    can't wait to hear how you find the recipe.Indira

    Hi Suze, hope my mum's recipe encourages you to give this wondrous neglected meat a go! Indira

    Hi Coby, Mum got her goat meat from a halal butcher in Kensington, Melbourne which has a large muslim Sudanese clientele. Don't know the address but try in that area. Indira

    Hi Colours of the Outback, of course you could substitute the goat for lamb but add 2 tspns of cumin powder as well. Cumin and lamb are a match made in heaven. Indira

  6. Don't tell my mum, but no, I definitely do NOT think she is the best cook. The only reason I'm still standing is because I clawed my way up through Donna Hay magazines until I met my hubby who is a wonderful cook! Sorry to have missed your 7pm Project appearance, I'm sure you were composed and lovely as always.

  7. Thanks Indira, the other side of town, but worth it to experience the real deal:)

  8. Hi Cuggles!Kids,
    I won't tell your mum - I'm sure she was gifted at many other things. And that's a big rap for Donna Hay. There's a chilli,lemon,anchovy, capers, rocket and parmesan pasta dish of hers that I still do ten years later!I'm on the 7pm Project again this Friday if you're home. Indira

  9. One of the most comforting things in life is to have your mum cooking for you. And, like you, I think my mum is the best cook in the world as do my friends! A mum v mum cook-off one day, perhaps? =)

  10. Hi Cin,
    a Mum Cook-off? I can just see the reality show format! Aren't we so lucky we grew up with good food. That's probably why we're both such well-adjusted people! Indira