Pakistani Goat Curry

I’ve eaten goat a few times over the years, but never cooked it. So, when I saw how cheap it was in the local butchers I just had to snap some up. I have a cold at the minute so settled on a recipe which would give me plenty of spice in the hope it will sort me out. This curry has all the heat you’d expect from Pakistani food but the spice appears to come more from the black peppercorns than the chilli. It’s an unusual and rather delicious flavour. As for the goat, so long as you cook it for long enough it’s tender as can be. It’s pretty similar to lamb albeit a bit bonier. If the thought of eating goat fills you with horror then try this recipe using the equivalent weight of lamb shanks instead.


1 small onion (roughly chopped)
8 cloves garlic (chopped)
5cm piece of fresh ginger (peeled and chopped)
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
2 teaspoons black peppercorns
1 teaspoon cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
4 tablespoons coriander powder
2 teaspoons chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1.5kg goat meat (trimmed of fat and cubed)
500ml natural yoghurt
1/2 lemon (juice of)
1 tomato (chopped)

Preheat the oven to 160ºC.
In a blender or pestle & mortar, blend the onion, garlic and ginger with 4 tablespoons water into a smooth paste. Set aside. Heat a large stove and ovenproof casserole pan over a medium heat. Brown the goat in batches on all sides then remove to a plate. Now add to the pan the cumin seeds, peppercorns, cloves and cinnamon and stir for 10 seconds. Add the onion paste and stir fry for 4-5 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the yoghurt and stir well. Now add the remaining yoghurt, coriander, chilli powder, turmeric and salt and stir well. Top up with 450ml water stir, then return the goat to the pan. Place over a medium/high heat until the sauce begins to simmer. Remove from the heat, put on a lid and then cook in the oven for 2 1/2 -3 hours. Stirring every 30 minutes.

Place the pan back on the stove over a medium heat and let it simmer for 5-8 minutes to reduce the sauce until thick. Add the lemon juice and adjust the salt to your taste if necessary.

Sprinkle over the chopped tomato and serve with Indian breads or rice.


2 Responses

  1. I used your recipe as the basis for a lamb curry and changed a few things around to suit my husbands’ tastes. He is still talking about it and now compares everything else I make to this! So thank you!

    My modifications: I used lamb (leg chops cubed), fewer peppercorns (maybe 1/2 tspn), 2 fresh green chillies instead of the powder, a can of chopped tomatoes and a couple of green cardamom pods. No yoghurt, but some cream at the end.

    Once fried, I removed all garam masala ingredients (cardamom, cloves and cinamon) then pureed all the masala mix, returned to the pan, added the lamb (cooked as per your recipe) and simmered on the stove top for an hour. I finished off with a swirl of heavy cream.

    Reading this back, it actually, looks like a completely different recipe but yours was the inspiration. I’ve made the same masala sauce and added vegetable koftas with great success.Thanks again.

  2. That sounds like a delicious variation of the curry. I do love the flavours that yoghurt gives this dish but I’d be interested to see how it tastes your way. I might give it another try with lamb. I don’t often use cream in Indian food and generally use yoghurt instead. That said, there’s a delicious prawn curry on my site which uses a dollop of cream at the end which is just lovely. Give it a go…


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