Goan Vindaloo

Vindaloo is a worldwide popular dish from Goa, India. Its origin is the Portuguese dish "carne de vinho e alhos" (meat cooked in wine vinegar and garlic). The sour-spicy dish came to Goa with Portuguese explorers in the 15th century and was adapted to the local taste and ingredients. Vindaloo is usually very hot. Our spice blend has only a little kick, not hot at all. Add fresh chilies to your heat level. We recommend to try it with pork or lamb, though it takes a bit longer to cook.
Cuisine Goan
Servings 3



  • 1 .25 lbs chicken thighs or breast cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large onion halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 head garlic smashed or grated
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • 1/4 cup vinegar wine or cider
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • sugar brown
  • oil salt & pepper

Suggested Sides

  • Boiled potatoes, rice, or naan bread.
  • Roasted cauliflower, cooked peas, or pickles.


  • Fresh chilies to taste chopped

Culinary Spice Kit

  • Cumin, coriander, turmeric, white poppy seeds, cinnamon, cloves, Kashmiri chili



  • Season meat with salt & pepper to taste.
  • In a BOWL, combine garlic, ginger, vinegar, mustard, chilies (opt.), and Vindaloo spices.
  • Add meat and mix until all meat is well coated with the marinade.
  • Cover and marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes to 24 hours.


  • In a POT, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat. Fry onions until they turn brown.
  • Add meat. Fry 5 minutes over high heat, stirring constantly.
  • Cover. Cook 10 minutes over medium heat. Stir frequently.
  • Add 1 tsp sugar and 1 cup of hot water. Mix well. Cook for about 30 minutes over medium-low heat until the meat is falling apart. Stir occasionally.
  • Add more sugar and/ or vinegar to taste.
  • Serve with your preferred sides (see suggestions). Enjoy!


▪ Optionally, start with 1/8 cup vinegar for the marinade and add more to taste during cooking.
▪ Substitute chicken with duck or with lamb or pork stew meat. Adjust the cooking time in the last step.
▪ Substitute chicken with eggplant, cauliflower, or sweet potatoes.
Keyword Kashmiri chili, white poppy seeds