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Vegan feijoada in a bowl with beans, sausage and cilantro.
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Goan Feijoada

This vegan Goan Feijoada is a creamy stew of pinto beans and vegan sausage in a deliciously spiced coconut-tamarind sauce. It is easy to make, one-pot, and it's soy-free and gluten-free, making it comfort food for everyone.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Course: Stew
Cuisine: Indian Goan, nut-free, Soy-free
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Goan Feijoada, Vegan Feijoada
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 244kcal


  • 1 cup pinto beans (or red kidney beans. Soak the beans overnight or cook them until tender. If using canned, use two 14-oz cans, drained)
  • 14 oz vegan sausage (optional. Chop lengthwise into bite-size pieces)
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 1 dry red chili pepper (use less or more depending on your preference for heat. There are a few peppercorns in this recipe, which will also add heat.)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 5 cloves
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste (or 1-2 tbsp vinegar, depending on how tangy you want the stew to be)
  • 14 oz coconut milk (or ½ cup grated coconut)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp cilantro (for garnish)


  • Heat a saucepan. Add the red chillies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, peppercorns, and cloves. Dry-roast the ingredients for five minutes over medium-low heat until fragrant and a couple of shades darker. Remove to a plate.
    Spices toasting on a skillet for feijoada
  • In the same skillet, toast the garlic until the cloves soften a bit and have brown spots all over. Add the garlic to the plate with the rest of the spices. If you are using grated coconut, lightly brown it in the dry skillet, keeping an eye on it all the time to make sure it doesn't burn. If using coconut milk, you can add it directly to the blender.
    Toasted spices on a skillet for feijoada
  • Once the spices and garlic have cooled, add to the blender with the coconut or ½ cup of the coconut milk. Blend into a very smooth paste.
  • Add oil to the same saucepan. Add the chopped onions and saute, stirring frequently, until they start to turn golden-brown.
    Onions browning in skillet for feijoada
  • Add the sausages, if using, and saute until they start to get a crust.
    Vegan sausage browning with onions in skillet for feijoada
  • Add the tamarind paste or vinegar and the ground masala paste. Stir well to mix and allow the sauce to come to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about five minutes.
    Feijoada sausage and spices cooking together in skillet
  • Add the drained beans along with a cup of water or the bean cooking liquid. Bring the stew to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes for the flavors to meld together.
    Cooked feijoada stew in skillet with wooden spoon
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with rice or bread.


Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Potassium: 372mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg