Cook's Hideout: Vegetarian Xacuti

March 03, 2013

Vegetarian Xacuti

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.

For the Curry:
Meatless Meatballs - 15 (homemade or store bought)
Onion - 1 large, chopped
Crushed Tomatoes - ½cup
Ginger + Garlic paste - 1tsp
Tamarind paste - 2tsp
Xacuti Masala - 3tbsp
Salt - to taste

For the Xacuti Masala:
Sesame seeds - 3tbsp
Peanuts - 2tbsp
Dry grated  Coconut - ½cup
Coriander seeds - 2tbsp
Cloves - 12
Cinnamon - six 1" piece
Nutmeg powder - ½tsp
Fenugreek seeds - ½tsp
Dry red chilies - 12
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Fennel seeds - 1tsp
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
I served with some simple veggie fried rice.

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


  1. wow!Awesome presentation!The name looks so complicated. Learning a lot about Goan food this BM.

  2. that was a good idea of using veg meat balls...i made one today using eggs

  3. 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...

  4. Oh this is such a stunning sauce. Never had it before but Im sure it is worth the effort.

  5. 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!

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

  7. The picture of the final product looks so good, Pavani.

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

  9. 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?

    1. Thank you Nisha. That kadai is from India :-)

  10. Never made anything with meatless meat balls. Your recipe looks awesome. Going to try it soon sometime :)

  11. You are on a Gian cooking spree, Pavani !! Almost looks like Dum aloo ... Yummy clicks, as always !!!

  12. 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..

  13. The xacuti masala looks awesome.. So flavorful..

  14. Xacuti is new for me, your presentation is inviting, love the food color.

  15. 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.

    1. Suma, Thank you. I don't own a rice cooker. I made the rice in my good ol' pressure cooker.

  16. Yummy! You pics are a visual treat. My mouth is watering & i am feeling hungry.


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