Cuisines in Goa
The Goan Cuisine
If you are visiting Goa this vacation, expect to taste some
exotic and spicy dishes. Goan cuisine is a mix of a lot of
cultural influence. Right from the early Hindu and Muslim
rule to the extended period of Portuguese domination - all
have had an impact on the cuisine of Goa. Basically, there
are two schools of cuisine that can be found in Goa. The
first one is influenced by the Hindu religion while the
other one from the Christianity. The Hindu cuisine hardly
picks up anything from the Portuguese style of cooking
whereas the Christian cuisine picks up tips from the
Portuguese as well as its overseas colonies cuisine.
Usually fish, rice and feni are the only items that a first
time visitor can think of as Goa's food and drink. This
perception is absolutely correct since no Goan can ever do
without any of these three items. Infact, sea food finds a
place in each of the Goan meal, in one form or the other.
Prawns, ladyfish, mussels, lobsters and oysters make up a
whole variety of sea food items. Pork is another item that
is used widely to prepare a lot of non vegetarian dishes.
Goan love a hot, spicy and pungent food therefore a plenty
of ingredients are used to give that tantalising taste. Some
of the ingredients that are used on regulkar basis include
kokum (a red colored sour fruit), red chillies, coconut
milk, tamarind and palm vinegar. Then, there are also a
variety of chutneys that add that extra bit of taste to the
The cooking styles of Goan are also hugely responsible for
making the dishes extremely delicious. While in the urbane
area, modern method of cooking has replaced the traditional
one, the villages still continue with the old method of
cooking. Clay pots and firewoods are used to cook food in
the rural areas of Goa. This method of cooking gives what is
widely known as the smoky flavour to the Goan food.
Few Exotic Preparations
Pork Vindaloo - In this, pork is seasoned with wine vinegar
and garlic. Vinho stands for wine while alho means garlic.
Originally it was a stew, however, in
sap vinegar and local spices add a distinctive taste to the
dish. Vindaloo can be made with other chicken and meat items as
well as with prawns.
Sorpotel - This dish was originally prepared for some
special occasions. It is prepared by cooking boneless pork
along with toddy vinegar. Spices like cumin seed, cinnamon,
red dried chillies, clove, garlic, ginger, green chillies
and pepper are also made use of in preparing this non
vegetarian delicacy. An interesting thing to note about
Sorpotel is that it tastes much better on the third and
fourth day, after it has been reheated every day.
Chicken Xacuti - This one will be loved by those who
prefer a spicy preparation tremendously. The dish makes use
of plenty of spices like nutmeg, corainder leaves, red and
green chillies, ginger and cloves. Additionally tamarind and
lemon juice make up for a pungent curry. The recipe can also
be made with mutton.
Fish Curry - Grounded coconut is mixed with red
chillies, peppercorns, cumin seeds, coriander seeds,
turmeric powdre, garlic and ginger to make a fine paste.
Sliced onions, tamarind juice and green chillies are added
along with a cup of water and salt.
is cooked and dried mago and kokum are added in process. Later, fish
is added and is cooked till ready. The dish is a hot
favorite with the Goans.
Bibinca - Goa is popular for its sweets and cakes and
Bibinca is one of them. It is prepared making use of coconut
milk, flour, sugar, coconut juice, eggs and ghee. It is
delight for your taste buds if you like sweet itmes a lot.
Other Famous Preparations
Vegetarian - Mushroom Tondak, Khatkhatem, Sushelle and
Karathiacho Kuval. The first two are gravy dish while the
last two are chutneys.
Non Vegetarian - Chicken Cafreal and Beef Rolls.
Sea Food - Dry Prawn Kismur, Kalputi, Crab xec xec
and Fried Fish.
Deserts & Sweets - Dhonos, Christmas Cake and Dodol.
Portuguese - Fish Caldinha, Sopa de Camarao (prawn
soup), Fish Caldeirada and Fish Recheiado.