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Curry Goat Recipe Jamaican Style

Updated on April 20, 2013
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About the curry goat

Curry goat also called curried goat, is one of Jamaica's signature dishes. It was adapted from the Indian cuisine and has become an integral part of our food culture.

This dish is very popular and is served at almost every dance, party and even at some weddings.

Jamaicans love goat meat and goats are special in our island. They are so special that they are among, if not, at the top of the praedial larceny list of animals stolen.

The ram, or billy goat as known in most places, is the most prized animal used for consumption. The meat is the second most expensive locally grown animal meat in the country, with sheep being the most expensive.

The following recipe is the simple version.

5 stars from 2 ratings of Jamaican Curry Goat Recipe

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 2 hours
Ready in: 2 hours 30 min
Yields: 6

Ingredients

  • 2lbs ram goat meat, (you can use she goat or imported mutton if you like)
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk scallion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbps vegetable oil
  • a pinch garam masala, reserved
  • 1 heaped tablespoon Indian curry, or regular curry if you have it.
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 heaped teaspoon cracked pimento seeds
  • 1 teaspoon your favorite meat spice, (this is totally optional as curry has it's own unique flavor. Omit if you make your own curry)

Make your own curry

You may also choose to make your own curry powder as well. Here are the ingredients:

  • ½ tsp. cumin seeds roughly grounded
  • ½ tsp. coriander seeds roughly grounded
  • ½ tsp. pimento seeds roughly grounded
  • ½ tsp. fennel seeds roughly grounded (optional)
  • 2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp. black pepper

For finer curry add ingredients to a grain grinder but you must use less of this the finer it gets.

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You can add diced potatoes to your curry dish when halfway cooked. The potatoes add volume and thickens the gravy.

  1. Dice your goat meat into bite sized pieces
  2. Season with scallion, thyme, onion, salt, garlic and 1/2 teaspoon of the curry powder
  3. Heat oil in dutch oven. When oil is hot add the rest of the curry powder and stir.
  4. When curry starts to get brown add the meat and turn over to coat
  5. Turn flames down to medium low, cover and let simmer
  6. The meat should stew in its own juices.
  7. When meat is halfway cooked add scotch bonnet to the pot.
  8. Add black pepper to gravy and taste to adjust salt
  9. If for some reason the juices have dried out add boiling water to make gravy.
  10. Your curry goat is ready when meat is tender and your sauce has a nice consistency. Add the garam masala five minutes before turning off the flames.
Thyme, scallion, garlic and a green scotch bonnet pepper.
Thyme, scallion, garlic and a green scotch bonnet pepper.

Serving your Jamaican curry goat

Jamaican curry goat is mostly served with plain cooked white rice. Traditionally some greem boiled bananas would also be served on the side.

Nowadays, people have their curry goat with any staple such as rice and peas, yams, bread and even turn cornmeal (the Jamaican polenta).

The curry goat can be as spicy or as mild as you like. If you want a very spicy recipe just chop a very ripe scotch bonnet pepper and add to your meat while stewing.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Sounds good to me..Anything different. Love curry...never had goat. However I am pinning this in my recipe section.

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks Carol. This is one of the best recipes we have on the Island.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Yum, nice recipe, brings back memories and aromas. I'm afraid of scotch bonnet, though. Do I find "garam masala" in caribbean market? What is it?

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Jan, you can find it in Indian or Asian stores. It comes in powder form and is totally optional. If you can't find it in the store you can always purchase it on Amazon.com.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks! :-)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Sounds really good. It's also a Kittitian favorite. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Thank you MsDora, even though I have never of Kittitian cuisine before.

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      inthenickoftime77 4 years ago from New Zealand, aka: Aotearoa, aka: The Land Of The Long White Cloud

      Hi Cardisa, This sounds delicious. I am looking forward to trying it. Can you tell me please though, what is a Scotch Bonnet Pepper ? I have never heard of it, so hoping we have it here in New Zealand. It may be the same as something we have here, but called a different name.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Cardisa,

      really cool recipe that you have here

      I am more happy to try this in the future

      thanks for the recipe

      Voted up

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Hi Cardisa! Even though I don't eat meat, the recipe looks good!

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Hello Inthnickoftime77, the scotch bonnet pepper is Jamaican signature pepper. Some say it is has hot as the chili pepper. When green and unbroken it gives a nice flavor without the heat. If you cut or break it then you gotta have loads of fluid to soothe your tongue.

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Torrilyn, thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you like it.

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Hey there Dexter, nice seeing you. I have missed you so!

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      Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

      Yum! Sounds like a scrumptious combination of ingredients. I'll use more bonnet peppers in mine. I like it really spicy!!! :)

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Hey Om, this is similar to one of your Asian dishes, not so? I know you'll love it. thanks for stopping by.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      This looks like a recipe my hubby would truly enjoy. I can tell the spices make this dish a great taste. Thanks for the suggestion.

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks Teaches. Yes this really is a nice dish. I know you'll love it.

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      Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Looks and sounds delicious, Cardisa. I have only ever had the opportunity to taste goat once in my life and that was when I was touring in rural Spain. I loved it, though it was in the form of a stew rather than a curry. Funnily enough, I have recently found a source for goat meat on the Internet here in the UK and am considering placing an order. This curry idea is definitely one I will try.

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Gordon, the goat can be curried, stewed, roasted and jerked....any way you like it. I hope you get a chance to try the curry.

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      Nickpetrou 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

      I love curry so I'm definitely gonna try this one! Thanks for sharing with us!

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      Carolee Samuda 3 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks Nickpetrou. I hope you enjoy it.

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