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Beef Croquettes – Goan Spiced Deliciousness

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Goan beef croquettes

So good! You’ve got to make these delicious Goan beef croquettes!

Goan beef croquettes bring back great memories of snacking in Goa!

These deliciously spicy Goan beef croquettes are so tender they could be eaten without teeth. I absolutely love them! They can be served as a starter or as a main.

I like to roll a few up in a hot naan with lots of salad and sauces. Goan beef croquettes are a must-try dish when you visit Goa. I’ve had my fair share there and couldn’t wait to find time to show you the recipe. So here it is. Enjoy!

These are perfect party food! The meat is all cooked beforehand and then blended with the other ingredient. All you need to do is form them into little sausage shapes and place them in the fridge until ready to fry.

You could also bake Goan beef croquettes as I show in my new cookbook ‘The Curry Guy Light’. 

Make these beef croquettes your own…

I have given the recipe as I learned it. Feel free, however to have a play with the recipe. Add more of what you like or omit things you don’t.

The best way to make the perfect beef croquettes for your personal taste is to experiment.

Working ahead

All of the work to make these delicious beef croquettes can be done a couple of days before serving. The flavours actually develop so it is worth doing if you don’t want to prepare and cook them on the same day.

Making Goan beef croquettes

As the onions and meat cook, they will release water. Cook this down until quite dry and allow to cool.

Making Goan beef croquettes

Blend the cooled meat mixture with the egg and chopped coriander. Then add the bread crumbs to thicken.

Making Goan beef croquettes

Form the meat paste into neat sausage shapes and coat with the semolina.

Goan Beef Croquettes

Fry over medium heat until nicely browned and heated through.

Want to try some more authentic and delicious Goan recipes? Here you go…

Chicken Xacutti
Authentic Goan Sausage
Goan Masala Stuffed Crabs
Goan Beef Kofta Curry
Goan Pork Vindaloo
Swordfish Ambot Tik

Goan beef croquettes

These Goan beef croquettes can be made up to three days before serving.

Yield: 4

Goan Beef Croquettes

Goan Beef Croquettes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 2 tbsp rapeseed or coconut oil
  • 2 medium brown onions – finely chopped
  • 1 – 3 green bird’s eye chillies – finely chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes – diced
  • 2 tbsp garlic and ginger paste
  • 1 kilo (2 lbs.) ground beef
  • 150g (5 oz) Goan sausage meat (optional)
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 egg – beaten
  • 20g chopped coriander
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 165g (1 cup) course semolina
  • Flaky sea salt to taste


  1. In a large frying pan, heat the oil over medium high heat. When visibly hot, add the chopped onions and fry until soft and translucent. Now stir in the chillies, diced tomatoes and garlic and ginger paste. Mix it all up well and add the ground beef and Goan sausage meat if using. Stir in the ground spices and stir until the meat is nicely coated with the onion mixture. Cover the pan. This will help the meat get rid of any excess water. Cook for about fifteen minutes or until completely cooked through and then uncover the pan and continue cooking until all of the moisture has evaporated. The meat needs to be quite dry.
  2. Allow the meat to cool and then stir in the salt, beaten egg and chopped coriander. Using a spice grinder or food processor, blend the meat until it is a very smooth paste. Mix the bread crumbs in well with your hands.
  3. When ready to form the croquettes, take a piece of the meat paste that is a little larger than a golf ball and form it into a sausage shape. Repeat until all of the croquettes are formed. This can all be kept covered in the fridge until you are ready to fry for about three days.
  4. When ready to cook, heat about 2.5cm (1 inch) rapeseed oil in a frying pan. Coat each croquette with the semolina and fry until nicely browned and heated through. You may need to do this in batches.
  5. Serve with a good raita, chutney and/or hot sauce.

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