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Ali’s Amazing Curried Goat

OK, there’s 2 things you should know about this post about last night’s meal:

  1. It isn’t a recipe test
  2. Yesterday was National Lager Day

I just have to tell people about this absolute culinary delight. A good friend of mine, Ali, was in his local Tesco recently when he saw the deli counter was selling goat meat. He promptly bought 1.4kg (on the bone) and dropped it into his freezer at home.

Better than Mutton?

Yesterday was the prearranged goat day and so at about 3pm we got going having already defrosted the meat. Our ingredients list was:

  • 1.4kg of various cuts of goat meat, on the bone
  • Ground corriander, turmeric and cumin
  • 1 large green pepper
  • 8 ripe tomatoes
  • 2 large onions
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • About 4 inch root of ginger

In one pan Ali started to brown off the meant while I chopped the garlic, ginger, tomatoes, onion and pepper which we added to another pan with the spices to form the sauce. When all that was done we put it all in a large roasting dish and put it in the oven at 180 for as long as we had – in this case we didn’t eat until nearly 9pm so that means about 4 or 5 hours of cooking time.

We checked it every hour and it really developed. Initially it was just hot spice but then when the peppers started to break down it took on a great sweetness and then as the meat and bones started to add flavour it became a rich, deep, spicy curry. Only thing we needed to do was add a couple of tablespoons of cumin and a bit more water after 3 hours.

Just got better and better and…

Served with rice and shop bought nan bread it was a triumph. It did 5 of us very well and as a dish to share with good company it went down really well.

Weights and measures for this recipe I couldn’t really tell you, it was all done by sight and taste but Ali has been cooking curries for years and the lager I was imbibing regularly throughout the day meant that I didn’t feel the need to write anything down – genius!

I’ve only ever had goat before in Caribbean cooking which I’ve always enjoyed. This was new to me but worked so very well. I am very interested to hear other people’s adventures with goat, let me know.


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