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Goan chicken and chorizo stew

After a five-minute flurry of chopping and sautéing, you can leave this to cook itself. And there’s only one pan to wash up. Serve it with toasted crusty bread to mop up the juices or, if you have more time, with Goan Tomato Rice or Goan Coconut Rice (see pages 80 and 130, though make the latter without the chorizo!).



  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 links fresh chorizo sausages (mine are 7.5–10 centimeters each), sliced
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 15 grams root ginger, peeled weight, grated
  • 4 large garlic cloves, grated
  • 1–2 green chillies, pierced with the tip of a knife
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 rounded tablespoon plain flour
  • 6 large skinless bone-in chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat
  • 250 millilitres chicken stock or water
  • 1/4–1/2 teaspoon tamarind paste, to taste, dissolved in hot water


  1. Heat the oil in a non-stick saucepan and add the chorizo. Cook gently on both sides until the slices release their oil into the pan. Remove with a slotted spoon or fork and set aside.
  2. Add the onion and cook for six to seven minutes, or until soft and golden on the edges. Add the ginger, garlic and chillies and cook for one minute until the garlic smells cooked, adding a splash of hot water from the kettle if it starts to stick.
  3. Add all the ground spices, seasoning and a small splash of water and cook for 40–50 seconds. Stir in the flour and, after a minute or so, add the chicken and stock or water and return the chorizo. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 25 minutes or until the joints are cooked through: pierce the largest chicken thigh at its thickest point, the juices should run clear. If not, cook for a few minutes longer, then check again. Uncover after 20 minutes and cook off excess liquid if it is a little thin, or add water from the kettle if it is a bit too thick.
  4. Add the tamarind solution, taste and adjust the seasoning. I like to take the meat off the bone and stir it back in, but I leave that up to you. Serve hot.

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