Goan Chicken Vindaloo

Goan Chicken Vindaloo


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About this recipe: A chicken vindaloo from Goa. It's made with chicken legs which absorb the flavours better but you could use chicken breasts. Cubes of potatoes are deep fried and added to the curry near the end. Serve with hot rice.


Serves: 4 

  • 900g skinless chicken drumsticks
  • 75 ml vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 dried curry leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 60ml water
  • 945 ml vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cut into 2.5cm pieces
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Extra time:1hr marinating  ›  Ready in:2hr30min 

  1. Cut a few shallow slits into each chicken drumstick and place into a resealable plastic bag; set aside. Heat 5 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Stir in the onion, garlic and ginger. Cook and stir until the onion has turned golden brown, about 7 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat, and use a slotted spoon to scoop the onion mixture into a blender. Leave as much oil in the pot as you can, and set aside for frying the spices later. Add 3 tablespoons white vinegar, coriander, cumin, garam masala, black pepper, salt, turmeric and cayenne pepper. Puree until smooth, then pour into the bag with the chicken; mix until the chicken is evenly coated and squeeze out excess air. Marinate at room temperature for 1 hour, or in the fridge for 3 hours or longer.
  2. After the chicken has marinated, heat the oil left in the pot over high heat; stir in the curry leaves and mustard seeds. Once the mustard seeds have finished popping and have turned grey, remove the chicken from its marinade, and cook until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Pour in the remaining marinade and water. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 20 minutes.
  3. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 190 degrees C.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, deep fry the potato cubes until golden brown. Drain on kitchen paper. Once the chicken has cooked for 20 minutes, stir in the potatoes and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Cover and continue to simmer until the chicken is no longer pink at the bone, at least more 10 minutes.

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Reviews (7)


Wasn't sure about this recipe as it only had one review but tried it anyway and it was fab! Soo yummy! I didn't add the potatoes though, and I added 3 fresh green chillies yo the onion ginger and garlic mix, I also added 2 tbsp of cayenne pepper. It had a nice kick to it. Was absolutely delicious! Thanks for adding this recipe! - 24 Feb 2014


Just delicious and authentic. Didn't add potatoes but will next time. Thank you x - 20 Aug 2016


All family loved it. - 20 Feb 2016

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