Goan Chicken Vindaloo

Chicken Vindaloo, a popular recipe of Goan-Portuguese fusion cooking, is a dish that stimulates one’s appetite with its delicious and addictive flavors. Vindaloo is roughly translated from Portuguese as ‘wine, vinegar and garlic’.

Chicken Vindaloo

A favorite at our dining table. Cannot get enough of it each time I prepare this thick dark colored saucy dish. A perfect balance of spicy, tangy and sweet flavors. A hint of sweetness from jaggery and caramalized onions and the sourness of vinegar melds with the fiery red chillis and spices to exude a flavor that is drool worthy. Its the caramalized onions which gives the dish its dark color.

Goan Chicken Vindaloo Recipe

Recipe source: My recipe files

Prep: 20 mts, Cooking Time: 30 mts

Serves 5-6 persons

Cuisine: Goan



1 kg chicken, washed and cut into bite size pieces

2 large onions, sliced, sauteed in a tbsp of oil till caramalized, cool and make paste

1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste

1 tsp mustard seeds

1 tbsp coriander powder

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

4 tbsps vinegar + 1 tsp grated jaggery or brown sugar (let it sit for 15 mts)

salt to taste

2 tbsps oil

Make a paste: add a few tbsps of water

3/4 tsp roasted methi seeds/fenugreek seeds/menthulu

1 tsp roasted cumin seeds/jeera

1 tsp pepper corns

6-7 dry red chillis, lightly roasted

1 1/2″ cinnamon/dalchini

2 elaichi/cardamom

1 Heat oil in a cooking vessel, add mustard seeds and as they sizzle, add ginger garlic paste and fry for 2 mts.
2 Add coriander pwd, turmeric pwd and salt. Combine. Add the chicken pieces and fry till they are slightly browned approx 8-9 mts. Remove the chicken pieces and keep aside.
3 In the same vessel, drizzle some more oil, if required, add the browned onion paste and ground masala paste and saute for 2 mts. Add the vinegar and jaggery mixture and combine.
4 Add 1 1/2 cups of water and the browned chicken pieces and cook till the chicken turns soft and it forms a thick gravy.
5 Serve hot with rice or rotis.

Goan Chicken Vindaloo

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  • Serves: 5

Main Ingredients:

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Chicken Vindaloo, a popular recipe of Goan-Portuguese fusion cooking, is a dish that stimulates one’s appetite with its delicious and addictive flavors. Vindaloo is roughly translated from Portuguese as ‘wine, vinegar and garlic’.


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28 Responses

  1. Awesome looking vindaloo…… The pic is motivating me to try it too…. Really good prep…… It has the rich look…. that adds class to it…


    • Edgard says:

      This is the recipe I was looking for, I would say the very best I searched so far and great, thank you so much, this is the real closest thing. This is a master piece, well done, thank you so much.

  2. Priti says:

    Once again you have come up with a killer recipe.Thanks for sharing.

  3. angelinefaith says:

    wow…nice recipe sailu…. Also the recipe Kaju Paneer in today’s Sakshi paper is lip smacking….

  4. susmita says:

    Love your recipes…. I am an ardent fan of your site, Cannot plan a party/get together without picking some recipes from your site. You truly are a star!!!

    You motivate a lot of people to try these time tested recipes…

    thanks a ton

  5. spice says:

    looks very tempting…..

  6. Jo says:

    hi shailu,
    though i am a vegetarian, i always read through your recipes as i like your technique..!! I observe that you have made every attempt to cook every step separately at the right temp and time to bring out the best taste and then bring them together… i am sure you would have tried and tested them… thanks for all the efforts. You have a great day…cheers jo.

  7. anu says:

    Looks spicy, delicious and tempting…

  8. Avisha says:

    Looking nice and spicy, delicious. Yummo!!!

  9. Shri says:

    Hi Sailu,

    I always wonder how you imagine such tasty, lovely and delicious recipes with simple steps… You are AWESOME!!! keep going…

  10. Supriya says:

    Great recipe Sailu. Chicken looks so soft and delicious. I have never tried this at home and mostly had this in restaurants. Will try your recipe soon.

  11. Mini says:

    Hi Sailaja,

    Grt recipes from u again,..Pics grt like always. Cldnt comment since long because I just moved to San Jose, CA from Hyderabad…Lots of Potluck parties here, which means I have to visit ur site more often :-) And not to forget, thanks to your site, I was not totally naive when my friends here spoke abt nachos, tacos and salsa. Still trying to get adjusted to the new climate and environment … All ears for any advice and help…

    Thank you.

  12. Ann says:

    Yum! Looks amazing, and the recipe looks simple too. I’m going to try this one, I was always intimidated by vindaloo, thinking it was a difficult preparation….

  13. Cynthia says:

    Wish I had this to eat today.

  14. Adhiya L Amaani says:

    Hi Sailu garu,
    It’s a wonderful recipe. I cooked it for my sister and brother-in-law, they loved it. My family thinks I have become a cook in a day but the secret is that I started following your blog. Your recipes are so simple. Even the most tedious preparations are simply done. Thank you for taking the time to help amateur cooks like me.
    Would please add a Butter Chicken recipe.

  15. Sriku says:

    Awesome dish!! loved it..

  16. Esha says:

    Dear Sailu – Love your website and recipes… :) Thanks for posting such yummy-in-my-tummy recipes and gr8 appetizing pix too.

    I wanted to know if I can use mutton in this goan vindaloo preparation.

    Plz lemme know.


    • Sailu says:

      Glad you enjoy the recipes, Esha. :)

      Yes, you can use mutton too. Add more water to cook the meat.

      • rahul says:

        Hey Sailu,
        I tried this. But it wasn’t that good as I expected. I felt like it was little over-sweet. Do we really have to add 1 tsp jaggery or avoiding sweet would be okay?

  17. Rohini Thomas says:

    Hi Shailu

    It’s been so long since I had an authentic vindaloo that I can’t remember what it should taste like. I made your version for dinner tonight and it was superb! Thanks for posting the recipe, its very good.

  18. Vee says:

    Wow! I made your methi aloo recipe the other day (had to sub dry leaves for fresh, unfortunately) and it was fantastic. This vindaloo looks wonderful as well! Usually the recipes I find either turn out almost exactly like a chicken or lamb masala. Thank you for this gorgeous recipe! I will try it ASAP.

  19. Sabina says:

    Can you please post me the recipe for formihans crust . Thank you

  20. LG says:

    Hi Shailu
    I have not made this yet but just reading your description made me drool! let alone trying it.


  21. LG says:

    Hi Shailu
    I have not made this yet but just reading your description made me drool! let alone trying it.


  22. Simon says:

    Main ingredient mutton for chicken vindaloo? Haha. Just had to say. Will try this recipe when i come home.

  23. Ashlee says:

    Sailu, you make dinner an amazing treat in our home. I am American and my husband is from Jharkhand. We enjoy a plethora of your lovely recipes on a weekly basis, and much of my Indian cooking I have learned here, from you. Thank you for your time and effort… it is surely appreciated!

  24. Madhavi says:

    Hi Sailu, a quick question – what kind of vinegar do you use? Thank you!

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