Fiji style goat palau

Fiji style goat palau ⠀

Some dishes are just engraved in your heart just like my mama’s palau She makes the best chicken palau but I use the exact same recipe for goat and it’s so hearty and comforting Exactly what you need in this cold and rainy Sydney weather! ⠀

Serves 4⠀

3-4 tbsp oil ⠀
1 large onion, sliced ⠀
2 stems curry leaves, washed and stem removed⠀
6 cardamon pods ⠀
2 cinnamon sticks ⠀
5 cloves ⠀
2 tbsp garlic paste ⠀
1 tbsp ginger paste ⠀
3-4 chillies, sliced or crushed ⠀
1.5kg goat curry pieces, washed and drained⠀
Salt to taste ⠀
3.5 tbsp palau masala ⠀
10 rice-cooker cups boiled water ⠀
Handful fresh coriander, chopped ⠀

4 rice-cooker cups raw rice, washed and drained ⠀
1-2 tbsp ghee ⠀
5 cardamon pods ⠀
1/2 onion, sliced ⠀

Heat a large pot over medium high heat and add oil. Add onion, curry leaves, cardamon pods, cinnamon sticks and cloves and sauté until onions brown. ⠀

Turn heat to low and add ginger, garlic and chillies. Sauté until fragrant then turn heat to high and add goat and season with salt. Mix to combine, cover and let simmer on medium heat. ⠀

Once liquid has evaporated, check meat for tenderness and add boiled water. Keep simmering until meat is cooked. ⠀

Meanwhile heat another pan on medium heat and add ghee. Once melted, add onions and cardamons. Sauté until onions are brown then add rice. Sauté rice until combined then turn off heat and set aside. ⠀

Once meat is cooked and liquid has reduced, turn heat to low and add sautéed rice. Add palau masala followed by the measured boiled water. Mix thoroughly and taste liquid for salt and adjust. Cover with lid and simmer on low heat until rice is cooked. Stir occasionally. ⠀

Once rice is cooked and liquid has reduced, garnish with fresh coriander. Serve while warm and enjoy! ⠀

Notes ⠀

You can make this recipe with any meat like chicken, lamb or beef. Meat cooking time will vary. ⠀

If you like your palau to be moist and gooey, use jasmin rice. ⠀

Water to rice ratio = double water + 2 cups. For e.g 4 cups of rice x2 = 8 cups of water + 2 = 10 cups of water. ⠀

Palau masala is available at any Fiji Indian grocery store.

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  2. You really need to start selling this! Looks perfect

    I really love watching you make Fiji food… you inspire me ️

  3. Never heard of palau before but this looks sooo good, I’m sure I could enjoy many spoonfuls! Also interesting to see goat, since I personally don’t ever cook it!

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