Jen's Goan Masala Spice Blend

August 30, 2016 Jennifer Viegas


My delicious new spice blend has loads of spices and flavour.  Here are some recipe suggestions:

Goan Casserole (recipe by Mariette DCunha)

This recipe shared by Mariette, is hearty and so delicious.  Enjoyed by her family and friends.

Serves 8

1kg beef cut into cubes (can use the cheaper cuts of beef)
2 green chillies finely chopped (optional)
4 large cloves of garlic finely chopped
1" piece of ginger finely chopped
2 onions finely chopped
1 tomato chopped
8 peppercorns, 6 cloves, 4 green cardamoms
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 heaped tsp Jen’s Goan Masala Spice Blend
2 large potatoes cut into cubes
2 large carrots cut into cubes
1 cup green peas
1 cup macaroni or shell pasta
1 cup cream
1 cup water
a pinch of sugar (optional)
3 tablespoons cooking oil, 1 tablespoon butter


(This recipe uses a pressure cooker - alternatively use a slow cooker or slow cook in the oven)
On medium heat, in a wide bottom pressure cooker, add oil and butter along with onions. Sauté till onions are translucent.

Add the peppercorns, cloves, cardamoms, finely chopped ginger, garlic, green chillies and tomatoes. When tomatoes are pulpy, add 2 heaped tsp of Jen’s Goan Masala Spice Blend and cook for a minute.

Add the meat and sear it till the meat in brown. Then add the water listed in the ingredients. Cover pressure cooker with lid and put the whistle. Pressure cook for 6 to 8 whistles. Cool cooker and then lift whistle to release the steam.

Add potatoes, carrots and vinegar to the cooked meat. Place cooker back on the heat and cover with a flat lid keeping it slightly open. There will be enough liquid from the meat to cook the vegetables. When potatoes are nearly done, add cream and green peas.

Taste for salt and add a pinch of sugar.

When the creamy sauce starts to boil, add macaroni and mix into the casserole.  Take it off the heat, cover the cooker completely and leave it shut for 15 minutes. After the indicated time, lift the lid, the potatoes and macaroni will be perfectly cooked with the hot liquid and steam from the cooker. Enjoy with toasted bread or steamed rice.

Note:  Substitute four boneless chicken breasts for beef. Do not pressure cook chicken but cook in a pot - absolutely delicious! 


Roast Potato & Cauliflower
This is a simple roast potato and cauliflower dish with a Goan twist!
2 large Potatoes cut in 3 inch cubes
1/2 cauli cut into large florets
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp Jen’s Goan Masala Spice Blend
Salt if required
Mix spice blend with olive oil and pour over potatoes and cauliflower.
Roast potatoes first in a pre heated oven and when nearly done add the cauliflower and roast until golden brown and slightly crisp on the outside.
Garnish with fresh coriander.

Serve with your favourite roast meats or with a curry and rice.


Goan Dukkah

Mix 2 tsp of Jen's Goan Masala Spice Blend in your favourite olive oil and serve as a dip with some crusty warm bread.  Add some toasted sesame seeds for a bit of crunch - delicious!


Roast chicken (recipe by Adrian Viegas)

Make a Goan Masala spice paste:  2 tbsp softened butter, 2 tbsp Goan Masala spice blend, 4 garlic cloves mashed and juice of 1 lemon.

Rub on chicken and stuff under the skin.  Place in an oven tray and add your favourite veggies:  potatoes, kumara, parsnips, red onions.

Roast as normal and keep basting the juices on chicken and veggies.  You will never want to roast chicken any other way - this is one delicious recipe!


Jen's Goan Masala beef patties:
1/2 kg lean beef mince (or lamb)
1 large red onion chopped fine
3 cloves garlic chopped fine
1 1/2 tbsp Jen's Goan Masala
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
2 eggs beaten 
2 tbsp breadcrumbs (optional)
Mix all ingredients well.  Form patties and bbq or grill in the oven.  Serve in hot buns with kumara or potato chips or with a green salad.



Quick n easy chicken drums!

Marinate 4 chicken drums with 2 tsp of Jen's Goan Masala, 1 tsp of mashed garlic and lemon juice.  Mix all the ingredients well and bbq, grill or bake in the oven until done.  Serve with your favourite salad!  How easy is this?




Other recipe ideas:
Marinate seafood and serve with a simple salad.
Season any meat and serve with fresh coriander and natural yoghurt. 
Marinate lamb chops or cutlets and grill or bbq.
Add to soups for extra flavour and spice.

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