Do we really need another Curry Goat recipe? If the technique is different than the ones I’ve already shared, absolutely YES we do! Over the years we done Curry Goat in the Oven, in the Slow Cooker, Coal Pot, Pressure Cooker, and the more traditional low and slow way. However, in none of those recipes did we employ the use of this technique of cooking curry.
4-5 lbs goat (with bones)
1 lime or lemon (see note)
1 medium onion (sliced)
10-14 cloves gallic (smashed)
2 1/2 tablespoon olive oil (use your fav oil)
2 heaping tablespoon Caribbean Green Seasoning
2 bay leaves | 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 tablespoon Anchar Masala
1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (geera)
1 scotch bonnet pepper (see note)
2 1/2 tablespoon curry powder
4-6 pimento berries (allspice)
1 large tomato (diced)
3/4 tablespoon salt (adjust)
6 sprigs fresh thyme
2 tablespoon chopped parsley
Notes! May I suggest that you watch the video below as I share valuable washing, cutting, and other important steps in more detail. I used goat meat with bones as I much prefer the deeper flavor I get from doing so. If doing this recipe gluten free, please go through the full list of ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific gluten free requirements. Especially the Curry Powder you use as some may contain fillers. The Anchar Masala can be sourced at your local or online West Indian grocers. In total I used close to two Scotch Bonnet peppers as I enjoy my Curry Goat spicy. You’re free to use as much or less to your own heat tolerance.
In a deep heavy pot on a medium flame, add the oil, followed by the onion and garlic. Cook on low for 2 minutes, then add the cumin seeds, black pepper, 1/2 a scotch bonnet pepper and Caribbean Green Seasoning. Cook for another 3 minutes on low, stirring a few times.
Add the curry powder and stir well. Cook for 4-5 minutes. Now turn the heat up to medium and add 1 1/2 cups water. Followed by the pimento berries, tomato, and Anchar Masala. Should you not have the masala, use 1 teaspoon ground roasted cumin (geera).
The goal here is to cook out the ‘rawness’ of the curry, while building a wicked curry base. Add the bay leaves. The tomato will help us later develop a wonderful gravy and the acidity brings balance to the overall flavor of the curry.
Cook on a rapid boil until all of the liquid is gone. This step will concentrate the overall flavor of the curry. In the video I explained that I want to see the oil we started with, plus get separation when I pass my spatula.
At this point we’ll add the washed and drained goat to the pot. Turn the heat up to medium/high as we want to sear the pieces of goat and in the process coat it with the curry. No we did not season the goat in advance and in the video I explained how and why I washed the the goat with the lime juice.
Turn the heat to medium, cover the pot and let the goat spring it’s own juices as it comes to a boil. After which, turn the heat to med/low and let it cook with the lid slightly ajar for 10 minutes.
Time to move on. Remove the lid, turn up the heat and burn off that liquid.
We now have to add liquid to slowly braise the goat until fork tender. I’ve been asked about using chicken and/or beef stock instead of the water I prefer using. Note that should you use stock, it will alter the taste of the finished curry. If I were to use any stock, it’d go for a vegetable one.
Add boiling water to the pot to cover the goat by about 1 inch or so. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to a simmer, add the salt and allow it to cook with the lid on (slightly ajar) for 2- 3 hours. Yes it will take long and as explained in the video, the cook time (getting tender) will depend on how old the goat was when it was butchered. An older goat will obviously take longer to tenderize.
As it came up to a boil I added the sprigs of time and floated a Fatali pepper (optional), which I broke later on to release the heat. Should you want to control the heat of this curry goat, do not add a scotch bonnet at the start when we did. Instead, float a WHOLE pepper at this point and Do NOT break it. Near the end, remove the pepper and discard. You’ll get a subtle kiss of heat and tons of flavor from the oils on the skin of the pepper.
Remember to stir every 20 minutes or so and make sure there’s water so it doesn’t burn (add if necessary). After about 2 and 1/2 hours, check to see if it’s tender to your liking and you may as well taste and adjust the salt now.
Once you’re happy with the salt and tenderness, adjust the gravy (turn up the heat to thicken.. but keep in mind that it will thicken as it cools). Final step is to add the parsley and turn off the stove. Since goat can be fatty (unless you use lean boneless), I find that the parsley cuts the fat a bit. Traditionally you’d use Shado Beni (culantro) or cilantro (coriander) instead.
We didn’t season and marinate the goat over night, however you’ll be pleasantly surprised how delicious this Curry Goat is.
Low and slow is the game. Yes a pressure cooker will cut the time by about 75%, but I can guarantee you, it will not be as tasty.