Goan Tongue Roast / Ox Tongue Roast

Goan Tongue Roast / Ox Tongue Roast

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One of the most delicious goan delicacies is the ox tongue, not just the flavour, but the texture and feel of the meat as well leaves one craving for more. The goan tongue roast definitely is in my books for any occasion or just for a family treat, go ahead and enjoy the goodness of this dish!

Tongue Roast Masala Ingredients:

tongue roast masala

1 Onion of Garlic
1 1/2 Inch Ginger
8 – 10 Peppercorns
6 – 8 Cloves
2 Inch Piece Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds

Tongue Roast Main Ingredients:

ox tongue

1 Tongue
2 Table Spoons Vinegar or 1 Sour lime

While frying –

2-3 Broken Red Chillies
Half cut onion
2 Teaspoons Sugar to be Caramalised


Clean the tongue, salt it and keep it aside

salt tongue and keep aside

Grind all the masala ingredients shown above, you don’t need to do it in a pounder, we had no electricity at that time so hand ground the tongue roast masala.

roast masala ingredients

pound the tongue roast spices

Now that your masala is ground, time to spice up that tongue.

ready roast masala

Apply some vinegar on the tongue and then get ready to rub in the masala.

add vinegar to the tongue

Apply the masala evenly on the tongue, don’t forget to turn it over and rub the masala onto the other side as well and now its patience.

rub masala on the tongue

We want the masala to get into the meat so we need to set it aside for 4 to 5 hours with a weight on it.

store with weight

After the marination is done and your ready to cook the tongue, heat some oil in a pressure cooker.

heat oil in the cooker

Add the sugar to it and wait till it caramelizes.

add sugar to the oil

Once the sugar is caramelized, add the tongue.

when sugar caramilizes add the tongue

Add the broken chillies and continue to fry.

add chillies

Then add the onions and continue to fry.

add onions

Turn the tongue over till both sides are fried.

turn the tongues

Then add two glasses of water with any remaining masala

Then pressure cook for 45 minutes, post that open the pressure cooker.

open pressure cooker

Slice the tongue and then cook it again in the gravy

slice the tongues

If there is extra water then boil it down,

cook in gravy

Post that your tongue should be ready 🙂 This is as you will soon discover a delicacy, mouth watering and definitely loved by anyone who is willing to eat it. If you like our recipes, be kind enough to help spread and share them this motivates us to do more 🙂

goan tongue roast

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29 Responses to Goan Tongue Roast / Ox Tongue Roast

  1. Anonymous June 10, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    recipe sounds looks yummmmmmy. cant wait to try out. Can i use the same recipe for Beef Roast.
    Also dying to get authentic recipe for Beef Chilly Fry, like they serve in Goan Restaurants.
    Really appreciate if you could post it soon.

    • Celia October 10, 2020 at 7:45 am #


      Your recipes remind me of my nana! Your nana’ sister 🙂 I made the beef olives and that was exactly like nana’s when I was growing up. I can’t wait to make the ox tongue!

  2. Anonymous June 10, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    Please keep the recipes coming. They are EXCELLENT!!!!!
    J Correa

  3. tiger4020 June 17, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    Tried it for the first time… turned out well for a starter in cooking…. great instructions.. keep it going…

  4. serfaia soares August 20, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing your expertise with us, I just cant help but keep making it again and again and it is soooo very yum.

  5. Zack Desa August 21, 2013 at 3:10 am #

    It looks amazing…
    Please Post some more Beef Recipies..

  6. Anonymous August 29, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

    I would like to try this recipe. Can you tell me what is the easiest way to clean the tongue ? My butcher here does not clean the tongue.


  7. Clyde August 29, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    The easiest way is to boil it and then pull out the skin.

    • Raymond March 22, 2018 at 5:54 pm #

      How long to boil? Anything to be added while boiling it..

  8. Rita August 29, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    Thank you Clyde for the efforts. The detailed process is excellent form of support in attempting the recipe.

  9. shereeney August 29, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    sounds delicious but how do you clean the tongue?

  10. Pearl P August 29, 2013 at 6:15 pm #


    Drooling, fond memories of eating this in Mumbai. I am based in UK now and was thinking of using beef meat for the above recipe, since I can't find the meat used above. Do you think it would work? If yes, how much meant (in kg/lb) would be required for the above? Thanks so much.


  11. Clyde October 26, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    boil it and then skin it 🙂

  12. Anonymous June 24, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    We love tongue but had never tried it at home… so I was a little apprehensive but it turned out delicious, my whole family enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing this great recipe and hope to see more 🙂


  13. bharat kapoor September 26, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

    the beef tongue is cleaned already… in the recipe but if we boil and peel it will be cooked already

  14. 8ball March 18, 2015 at 6:07 am #

    what too do if tongue isnt already peeled?

  15. Gasdy Fernandes e Ferrao October 7, 2015 at 10:25 am #

    Do you have the recipe of the garlic tongue fry ???

  16. Unknown October 7, 2015 at 10:25 am #

    There is a muscle in the tongue that runs from the base to the tip. One needs to search for it by cutting the base, it is tough slippery filament, with a cloth hold it firmly and pull out the muscle. The tongue turns out more tender with this muscle out if the way

  17. Janet Pinto November 6, 2016 at 3:35 am #

    Hi Clyde,

    are you still there. I l relish your recipes. But even better, I love your Spirit.

  18. Ingrid Dias December 25, 2016 at 9:36 am #

    Excellent recipe.. The tongue turned out delicious.. Thanks for sharing your recipe.. I remember last year I tried out your Mazipan recipe.. It was awesome but couldn’t find it this year.. Pls share if possible. Thanks n Merry Christmas to you and your family 🙂

  19. Saira June 12, 2017 at 4:05 am #

    Tried came out nice place post recipe for salted tongue. Tks

  20. Elizabeth Gomes July 22, 2017 at 1:47 pm #

    Just want to share a tip for skinning the tongue. If you buy a fresh tongue all you need to do is dip it in boiling water for 10 minutes then begin the peel the tongue. The front the peels so easily. With the back part you can scrape with a knife and it comes out very easily. Wash and then follow Lisette”s awesome recipie above. If it a frozen tongue then you will have to thaw and boil for 20 minutes.and it will peel. The tongue is still uncooked. Learnt this from my MIL and I have never boiled a tongue for 40 years. I always clean the tongue from fresh and cook it the same day or freeze for a rainy day

  21. Lyds November 18, 2017 at 3:13 pm #

    Thank you Clyde for sharing these lovely traditional goan recipes.. It taste awesome

  22. Cathy January 10, 2018 at 12:56 am #

    yummy! we all enjoyed it very much.

  23. Sheryl March 15, 2018 at 6:08 am #


    i am a mangalorean and love to try all goan receipes.
    Your receipes are too good.

  24. Rohini Malhotra May 29, 2018 at 6:19 pm #

    Hi!! Made your tongue roast recipe. It came out very well. Served it with creamy potato mash.

    Thanks a ton!!

  25. Christine Dias July 12, 2018 at 4:41 pm #

    Made this. It turned out simply awesome!!!!! Ate 5 pieces straight from the cooker.
    Thank you sooooo much.
    Going to look for other recipes posted by you.

  26. Hazel Noronha October 27, 2018 at 7:03 am #

    The tongue roast looks yummy. Have been trying a lot of your other recipes and they have turned out awesome as well. Thanks for all the efforts in putting together these recipes. Really handy for people like me who are working and wonder what to prepare and where to begin each day.

  27. Royston D'Souza November 5, 2018 at 3:10 pm #

    This is simply an awesome dish, very well documented and easy steps to follow. I have made it number of times now, and it’s yummy as all the other recepies. Thank you.

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