Be it the richness of Portuguese flavours or the zing of Konkani, these 11 dishes have got us drooling, what about you?
If you are vacationing in Goa and wondering what all grubs you can pair up with your chilled bottle of booze, then you have landed at the right place. Be it the richness of Portuguese flavours or the zing of Konkani, the Goan cuisine is so vast and unexplored, that you can have something new each day here. So check out these 11 Goan dishes that can zing up your palate and add a sprinkle of spice to your trip!
Goan Fish Curry- Xitti Kodi
A star staple of the Goan cuisine, Xitti Kodi is a classic pomfret fish curry that is strikingly popular among locals and tourists alike. A widely popular dish, it blends the sharpness of Konkani spices with creamy coconut and tangy raw tomato with a decent-sized pomfret. Scoop in this deliciousness with rice and we're sure you'd be left asking for more.
Shark Ambot Tik
This dish is a representation of the Portuguese influence on Goa's culinary expertise. 'Ambot'means sour and 'tik' means spicy and you get the best of both flavours fused in one appetising wonder. Classically, Kashmiri red chilli powder and kokum are used to emulsify its typically mouthwatering flavours and you need to give it a try!
This is a highly-seasoned Portuguese dish that star-studs Goan cuisine. Xacuti is a savoury curry made of onions, coconuts, chillies and other spices and when you mix the juicy tenderness of chicken to its flavoursome masala, it instantly becomes food for the soul. So if you are craving a bowl of hot curry, simply turn to this supernova of spices!
Goa Pork Vindaloo
Traditionally known as 'vindahlo' which stands for vinegar and ginger in Portuguese, this dish is popularly known as Vindaloo now, since Goans have added their own touch to it with potatoes. Well now that this etymology lesson is over, can we please focus on this wholesome dish?!
Goa's Pork Vindaloo is yet another dish that is a Portuguese concoction of spices, meat and vinegar, that wraps a Konkani dash of wonder and you need to get your hands on this, ASAP.
Sorpotel is a Konkani meaty breakfast speciality in Goa, that is both chewy and crispy. Surprised? Well, you will be more than just surprised when you try it! The meat used for Sorpotel is pre-boiled and the fat is fried, giving it the rich texture it boasts of. It is stirred in onions, garlic, spices and herbs and though people prefer it in the morning, you can have it whenever you please.
If you have high spice tolerance, this dish is your means to nirvana, trust us. This mouth-watering chicken is marinated in crushed green chillies along with herbs and that is where it gets its characteristic green colour. It is later shallow fried and viola! You've got yourself a hero dish that needs no side dishes or extra condiments.
Know this, your trip to Goa is incomplete if you don't try the goodness of Sorak when in Goa! A rather humble vegetarian curry, Sorak is a monsoon special dish that will be your best friend, after being drenched head to toe in the monsoon showers. This is made of spicy masala, onions and tomatoes and is usually served with hot steaming rice or dry fish.
Feijoada- Red Beans with Pork
Served with rice or pois, Goan Feijoada is a Portuguese influenced recipe, which as the name suggests, is characterised by red beans and pork. The star highlight of this dish is its coconut gravy, which unlike other stews and curries is of a much thicker consistency. So if you are on a protein diet and on a vacation in Goa, this is just the dish for you! You've got red beans, pork and unique blend of flavours that make it oh-so-perfect for you to binge on, guilt free!
Prawn Xeque Xeque
Usually served as an appetiser or a side dish, Prawns Xeque Xeque is an exotic fusion of prawns, coconut milk, tomatoes, green chillies and onions, that can amplify your appetite in a jiffy! Have it when you want, however you want and trust us, you won't regret it!
Another monsoon relish, Samarachi Kodi is a dish made of dry prawn curry, onion, coconut, tamarind and tomatoes. A typical Goan dish with coconut and spice, it gets you the best of both worlds with its zingy spice to its creamy smoothness. A single bite of this dish explodes into a myriad of flavours, sending your taste buds on a joy ride!
Well, who would not want to end their meal with a sweet dish? And when in Goa, you must try Patolea, pronounced as 'pathayo' that can light up your post-dinner moments. Catch the flavours of tamarind leaves, rice, coconut, jaggery and cardamom in one wrap as you indulge in its sweet taste!
So the next time you are in Goa, make sure there are legit 'pawri' scenes for your tummy as well! Explore the typical taste of Goa in these dishes and find a recipe that will make you fall for the sunshine state, all over again.