Caribbean Curried Goat

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This is absolutely mind-blowingly good.

Goat basically tastes like lamb, but is far leaner. (Lamb is the fattiest of the red meats.) It's very popular in a variety of ethnic cuisines, but for some reason has yet to gain a real following in the US.

This recipe is inspired by the curried goat roti from Penny's Caribbean Cafe. While Penny doesn't share her secrets, this tastes awfully similar. Go get yourself some goat (or lamb if you must) and try it out!
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Step 1: Gather tools and ingredients

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large pot (mine is 8 quarts)
wooden spoon
cutting board & knife

5 pounds goat, with bones1, cut into stew chunks
5 large onions, chunked
5 T curry powder
5 boullion cubes and water, or equivalent in stock
black pepper
~1/4c marsala or sherry (drinkable stuff; NOT the salted nastiness they sell for cooking)
bay leaves
3 carrots, minced (optional)
1/2 c split peas or red lentils (optional)
1-5 seranno peppers, minced (optional, for spiciness)
1-2 cloves garlic, grated (optional)

1 Yes, the bones are absolutely necessary. They add gelatin and lots of flavor, so even if you're not a fan of bones please leave them in. We'll be cooking the meat until it basically falls off the bones anyway.

Step 2: Chop veggies

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Peel your onions and chop into big coarse chunks.

This is partially because I am lazy, and partially because we'll be cooking the stew for a long time, and smaller onions would basically disappear.

If you're using carrots and hot peppers chop them up and add them now too, but be sure you've minced them into fairly fine bits.
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Oh dear- I fear for my waistline after making this last night. I had been craving curried goat, all day, went to the local market and bought goat meat, then searched high and low for a good recipe. Yours is by FAR the best version- with such a richness of flavor other versions are lacking; I've tried other recipes before and haven't been able to make it as wonderfully as I had once gotten from my Caribbean roommate- but, you NAILED it!!! I think the Marsala, and super slow heating for the Maillard Rxn, made the difference. I halved the recipe, (due to the fact that I've been disappointed before) and didn't want to waste good food money if the recipe didn't turn out right. Needless to say- next time I'll DOUBLE it and freeze portions so I can eat it whenever the mood strikes- which will probably be often.
The only difference between your recipe and my roomie's was he made it with coconut oil instead of vegetable (so did I) and his version was somewhat creamy- so I added 1/4 cup of plain Greek yogurt at the last minute to finish it off. The result was so delicious that my somewhat finicky husband (who initially said, "Yuck- Curried Goat, again") actually asked me to make enough for both of us for dinner- SOON! This is the highest compliment you can receive from him.

canida (author)  RockinRobin731 month ago

Fantastic, I'm glad to be of help!

I like the idea of using coconut oil, it would certainly add good flavor. You could probably add a bit of coconut cream in place of the greek yogurt at the end, too.

Coconut cream would have been the item of choice, but I was out, so I looked at it as bonus protein, as well as creaminess, with plain Greek Yogurt.
abebaw.wc3 months ago

How many Adults does this serve?

canida (author)  abebaw.wc2 months ago

Approximately 8, depending on how many side dishes you have.

mboyle22 years ago
It would be nicer if there were actually cook times for each step and what flavour of bouillon cubes were used.
mikesdaddy3 years ago
I called up Publix to see if they had any goat. They checked and said that they had a box leftover from an order, maybe 10-20 lbs, that they would let me have for 99 cents a lb. Got there, and it was 45 lbs. Still bought it!!! Luckily I have a large freezer. I have the curry in a crockpot, but I may have put too much liquid in...I used 2 15 oz cans of beef broth. Should I have my son strain out some of it? I don't want curry goat soup. Thanks, Ted
Geez. I'd have drop kicked my granny out of the way for 99¢ goat meat. It sells for four times that in Central and North Florida.
canida (author)  mikesdaddy3 years ago
I'd recommend draining the liquid, then cooking it down separately and adding it back into the curry.

How did it turn out?
I screwed it up, because I thought I was smarter. I cooked it all day in the crockpot, and that was the wrong thing to do. You want it cooked down...but not to mush. My bad...and since I have so much goat meat, I will try it the right way--your way--soon.
pinkangelja3 years ago
I am from jamaica so i eat this alot, its lovely we normally put a piece of ginger in the pot just to ensure that your tummy doesn't hurt due to the high quality of the curry
canida (author)  pinkangelja3 years ago
That sounds excellent.
jlowrey4 years ago
I butchered a goat for a man from Trinidad... He made a batch of this for me. It is absolutely fantastic... The meat truly does fall of the bone! He made mine without the peppers (he uses habeneros); I would recommend adding the peppers if you are a fan of a little heat.
Homecooker4 years ago
What flavor boullion cubes do you use and how much water do you use ?? Thanks for all your helps !
lordzamiel4 years ago
Just wanted to make a few comments - for one, goat is actually very popular here in the "deep south", just don't go too south, since Florida is "south of the south" ;) And #2, Wow, that sounds like some good goat - I think I'm gonna have to make a pot tomorrow - not enough time before dinner tonight! Thanks for the 'ible.
Wolfbird4 years ago
I am making this as I type. So far, so good! I could not find any marsala or sherry, though. I was mocked thoroughly on my favorite cooking board as a result. Yay! I'm using white wine instead, hopefully it's close enough. I'm also adding a little bit of red chili powder because the "mild" curry powder wasn't joking around when they said it wasn't spicy (I was expecting just a lower degree of culinary inferno). I'm also halving this recipe. We are but two here chez Wolfbird.. But I suspect my boyfriend would have preferred I had made it all, since it's starting to smell really good. I will serve it alongside rice and a half-serious attempt at potato masala ( -- except that I'm missing a few of Sanjay's ingredients).
Forkable5 years ago
This looks awesome! This is exactly what I should've done with the first cuts of goat I got. They were cut into chunks with the bone. I tried braising, but stewing is the way to go. Again great pics! I'm going to make this recipe this fall when it starts to get cold. It will give me something to look forward to when the temps go down. Thanks!
Hi, who owns these recipie's or can anyone just use these at an restaurant etc ?
Ahh yes,nothing better than "dancehall curry goat "....there in lies the difference in true taste. Not an overkill with curry powder but a masterfull dish of the best of curry goat that has been cooking and simmering all day long and now ready for the after hours of dancehall niceness.
canida (author)  countryfresh6 years ago
Hi countryfresh, Recipes are by definition outside of copyright. This means that while the specific text and images used in published recipes are copyrightable (check the "more info" section of the info box in the upper right-hand sidebar to see what license I or any other user have chosen for our project), the measurements/ingredients in a recipe are not copyrightable. So yes - you can use any recipe you find on the internet (here or elsewhere) in a restaurant! You can't lift the pictures and descriptive text for inclusion in the menu or a cookbook, though. Does that answer your question?
wow yum I bet this is wonderful. i am gonna have to track down some goat!
tried this type of recipe my self but I used venison which is even more leaner and, just pure meat
sock28286 years ago
Cant wait to try this this weekend, the place I found that sells goat meat was out of stew meat. So I am having to use ribs hopefully it will be just as good
piks6 years ago
West Indians get very upset when you describe this dish as "goat curry", it's actually called "curry goat"! Also what curry powder blend/flavour are you using, here in the UK there are a myriad of different varieties all tasting very different.
canida (author)  piks6 years ago
Use whichever you like, really. We've got a number to pick from as well, so you've just got to select a favorite or work your way through several candidates.
Mmmmmm Looks tasty! Is there a faster way to get the same tenderness in...say.... chicken without all of the cooking time? I've been experimenting over the past few months on super-tenderizing chicken using general cooking methods, but I seem to be stuck at the hour mark...
canida (author)  T3h_Muffinator6 years ago
That's what pressure cooking is for, but unfortunately then you miss the Maillard reaction products. (See step 5)
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Just kidding. Nice recipe, canida. 5/5 stars :)
zaro123456 years ago
Ha! finally something usefull i can turn my sister's goats into.
canida (author)  zaro123456 years ago
Just be sure to ask first. ;)
Brennn106 years ago
I am salivating just looking at that. It looks absolutely delicious. Holy cow, that looks good.
canida (author)  Brennn106 years ago
It is - I'm having it for breakfast. ;)
u mean holy goat
kudoskun6 years ago
- What is the final cost of the meal? - How much does this make (# of people?)
canida (author)  kudoskun6 years ago
Our main expense was the goat ($4.25/lb). Other ingredients: curry powder ($6/lb) onions ($0.39/lb), and odds and ends of veggies. I figure it works out to less than $5/lb of finished product. The amount per person depends on how much you cut it with rice. Eaten alone as stew you may figure up to 1lb/meat /person; eaten with rice and other food 1/3lb to 1/2lb /person. So, $2-$5/serving.
kudoskun6 years ago
Are the bones okay to feed to an animal afterwards? Since they would be softened, im sure a pooch would love them. Thanks!
canida (author)  kudoskun6 years ago
Since goats are quite a bit smaller than cows, you'd probably only want to give them to smaller dogs for fear they'd swallow the bones. Otherwise they're no different.
Looks great! Now I just need to find someone around me who sells goat meat (or rabbit, I bet this would be good with rabbit as well)
I've seen goat in Indian and Hispanic markets, as well as some of the larger Asian chain stores. (Of course, I'm a bit spoiled, having all those around...)
canida (author)  westfw6 years ago
I got mine at a halal meat market in Berkeley; Pakistani-run, I believe.
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