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Chicken Xacuti from Goa – not your traditional Indian food.

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Chicken Xacuti from Goa – not your traditional Indian food.

Food from Goa is not your usual indian fanfare of explosive spices. Owing to it’s portuguese heritage, much of the region’s cuisine is imbued with new sour-spicy and sweet flavours. It’s less about pure spice and deep warmth from garam masala. That said, Xacuti (pronounced Shakuti) masala is a fiery curry base, paired with sweet cool coconut giving a delicious fresh portuguese-indian blend of flavour.     Chicken Xacuti Ingredients1 kg chicken, cut into big pieces5 grams turmeric powder1 tsp salt2 inches of ginger10 flakes garlic1/2 bunch fresh coriander5 green chillies2 tsp oil2 sliced onions2 slit green chillies1/4 cup water For...

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Star Anise

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Prices rising, and expected to keep rising further due to bad weather. Overall this season’s crop is poorer quality to most commercial buyers, and prices are also up due to lack of supply.  

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Star Aniseeds new crop is in market – crop size is substantially large, and prices are at multi-year lows. We have rarely seen such market prices remain at such low prices for more than couple of months.  

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Vietnamese Cassia and Star Anise

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EU Alert – Whole Star Anise and Cassia from Vietnam may be coloured in Vietnam using a non-food approved Dye – Solvent Orange 3. This has led to brighter colour appearances, but unsafe product for health reasons. We also find the taste to be artificial.   

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