Besides the coconut lagoons, beaches and backwaters, Goa is famous for something else too. Yes, you got it right. The answer is delicious Goan cuisine. Sea food is something that you ought to try when you happen to be in Goa. Goan fish curry, rice and crabs, prawns as well as lobsters form the majority of diet over here. Pomfret, kingfish, tuna and mackerel are the most popular fishes. Goa is a paradise for non- veg lovers and some of the best Goan dishes are-
1. Chicken Cafreal
Many many decades ago, African soldiers introduced Chicken Cafreal in Goa.
It is basically prepared by marination of chicken pieces in a paste that is readied from spices, garlic, ginger, lemon juice and chillies. This is then deep fried or shallow fried until it gets dry. A spicy delicacy is an outcome of this procedure.
2. Chicken Xacuti
For those who love spicy food, Chicken Xacuti is a great dish to try. Profuse addition of spices like coriander, ginger, cloves and nutmeg adds a wonderful flavour to this dish.
The curry tastes pungent because of tamarind and lemon juice. Besides chicken, lamb, mutton and fish can also be used to prepare this tasteful food item.
3. Fish Curry
Ambot -Tik is one of the most famous item included in fish curry. Its Konkani meaning is sour-spicy.
Coconut is grounded and added to red chillies, cumin seeds, turmeric powder, ginger as well as garlic and a proper paste is prepared. Onion slices, tamarind juice and green chillies are mixed with water and salt. This mixture is then prepared on the gas stove. After this, dried mango and kokum are mixed to it. Kokum is responsible for the sour taste of this dish. Once this is done, add fish and cook it. You must try it if you are a seafood fan.
4. Fish Recheado
The Portuguese meaning of Recheado is “stuffed”.
Fish Recheado is prepared by slitting down the center of Mackerel or Pomfret and shallow frying it after stuffing it with a spicy red paste. If you are in Goa, do not forget to try Mackerel Recheado.
5. Prawn Balchao
Prawn Balchao is also loved by spicy food lovers.
Fish or prawns can be used to prepare Balchao. It resembles the conventional method of pickling. It is sold in bottles and people have it along with food just like pickles.
6. Pork Vindaloo
Celebrations in Goa are just not complete without Pork.
Abundance of red chillies and garlic along with vinegar and hard palm jaggery added to pieces of pork eaten with plain boiled rice tastes simply amazing.
The gist of Goan food lies in Sorpotel. It is derived from a Portuguese delicacy known as Sarabulho. Pork, liver, heart and kidney are mainly used to prepare this dish.
They are diced and cooked and added to a tasty sauce prepared with red chillies, cinnamon and cloves. It tastes even more awesome when it is eaten after one or two days.
Chouricos are Goan sausages that are very spicy and made from pork. In rainy season, fish is usually not available and chouricos are eaten.
In order to prepare chouricos, they are allowed to remain in water and then fried. Hot sauce and rice are usually served with it.
Dodol is a sweet that is eaten during Christmas time.
It is made with rice flour, coconut milk, jaggery and cashews. If you have a sweet tooth, you should surely try this delicacy.
Coconut pancakes are layered to prepare Bebinca.
Flour, sugar, eggs, shee and coconut milk extract are used in this. The procedure of preparing this dessert takes a bit longer but the end result is worth the efforts.
And in the end the food story is not complete without the mention of locally brewed Feni– the local Goan drink. Feni are two types of Feni- Coconut and Cashew . Though other liquors are easily available in Goa, bit to know the true flavour of Goa Fenni is a must.
The dishes mentioned here would give you a glimpse of the exoticness and wonderfulness of coastal cuisine.
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