Jamaica is well known for its wonderful talents, beautiful landscape and most of all its mouthwatering dishes. I grew in Jamaica and one of our staples we indulge in at least once a week is ‘Curried Goat’. Most Jamaicans refer to it as ‘Curry Goat’ or just ‘Goat’ but you probably may know it as ‘Goat Curry’. Whatever you want to call it, Curry Goat is one of my favourite dishes. It dates back from when our Indian ancestors came to settle in Jamaica and brought their delicious spices, recipes and of course if you’re like many in the Caribbean that are fused with Indian and African you know better to twist and fuse both cultures to make even more tastier meals.
‘Curried Goat’ can be served with many different things and can be cooked based on how you prefer your meat. I can’t have meat without bone and I can’t do tough meat either. I definitely must add carrots, scotch bonnet pepper and potatoes to my goat pot. I usually pair it with rice and peas, mashed potatoes and veggies. However, on this occasion, it was served with pesto pasta and corn salad.
I do encourage you to marinate your meat for at least 2hrs to let all that seasoning soak in. Though you can use turmeric I prefer to use my authentic Indian curry powder. I find that with turmeric you have to give it your own taste by adding extra seasoning and that’s too time-consuming.
Also, traditionally Jamaicans season their meat with natural seasoning when marinating and after marinating we separate the seasoning from the meat. The season is then used to season the pot after the meat is cooked. This is optional, it gets messy, so what I do is pre-season with just a few ozs of the natural season so I won’t need to pick throughout the meat to separate the season and the meat.
Whatever you choose to do, I AM most positive that this recipe will be the best curry goat dish you ever had. If you would like to purchase some of the ingredients you can do so here.
Ingredients you can purchase:
I purchase my goat meat at a Halal store in Pittsburgh called Salem’s Halal Meat Market & Grill.