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Please your palate with the exquisite taste of THESE 11 must-try Goan dishes!

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!

Chicken Xacuti

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

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.

Chicken Cafreal

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.

Sorak

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!

Samarachi Kodi

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!

Patolea

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!

Knock Knock

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.

Tom Junod once said, "You don't have to love cooking to cook, but you have to do more than love baking to bake. You have to bake out of love." And these home bakers of Kanpur are doing exactly the same! If you believe life is too short to say no to calories and cake, read on about these dynamic bakers who are baking deliciousness out of love.

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Fighting against hunger, THESE 5 NGOs are a silver lining for the needy in Lucknow!

This World Food Day, get to know about these 5 NGOs fighting against hunger in Lucknow

There is an abundance of food-delivery apps in the market today that have managed to reduce the gap between your homes and restaurants. However, there is no such modern solution to bridge the long-prevailing gap between a one-time meal and the underprivileged. No matter how developed any city in India is today, the issue of hunger is a prominent one everywhere, and Lucknow is no exception.

But keeping intact our faith in humanity, are certain groups and individuals who're working round the clock to ensure that each day, the number of people going to sleep hungry, reduces significantly. This World Food Day, get to know about 5 NGOs working towards this cause and provide them with your support however you can. A little help goes a long way!

Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non-profit organisation spread across India that operates a school lunch programme (Mid-Day meal). Established in the year 2000, the aim of this organisation is to counter classroom hunger and aid in the education of children. Reportedly, it feeds more than 18 lakh children every day, across the country. With its presence in several cities including Lucknow, the Akshaya Patra Foundation also worked to distribute food among the migrant workers during the COVID crisis last year. Donate to this noble cause by clicking on the website link attached below.

Contact: 097924 48359

Website: The Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Robin Hood Army

The Robin Hood Army is a volunteer-based organisation that was established in 2014 by Neel Ghose and Arushi Batra. This establishment works to get surplus food from restaurants and the community, to serve less fortunate people. The idea behind the conception of this NGO is to create self-sustained chapters across the world, that will look after its local community. Like all the other chapters, Lucknow Chapter of this volunteer-based organisation conducts various drives across the city. If you wish to become a part of this group log on to their official website now!

Contact: Send a mail on info@robinhoodarmy.com

Website: The Robin Hood Army

Roti Bank

Roti Bank is a citizen led organisation who's primary aim is to provide food to the needy. To attain this goal, Roti Bank has a team spread across the country including a bunch in Lucknow that is purely dedicated to the cause. Roti bank collects left-over and excess food from homes and events and distributes it among the needy. One can donate in cash or kind or even volunteer to become a part of this thoughtful initiative. Click on the website link to know more about this organisation.

Contact: 7905881802

Website: Roti bank Lucknow

Vijay Sri Foundation

Vijay Sri Foundation is a non-government organization, that was launched in the year 2009 in Lucknow. The main objective of this organisation was the distribution of food to the needy poor in hospitals. Initially, home-cooked food packets were distributed among attendants of poor patients admitted in various wards of Lucknow's King George Medical College. Gradually, the operations grew to other hospitals in the city as well. Currently, around 900 patients are served food everyday, under its "Prasadam Sewa" campaign. To join their team or contribute monetarily, log on to their official website.

Contact: 099358 88887

Website: Prasadam Sewa

Feeding India

Found in the year 2014, Feeding India was formed to solve the complex challenges of food wastage, malnutrition and hunger in India. As a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, Zomato acquired this organisation in 2019 to deal with these issues. With its presence in Lucknow, Feeding India by Zomato designs interventions to decrease hunger among the communities that are underserved. If you wish to donate or know more about this organisation check out their official website.

Contact: Write to them here

Website: Feeding India

Knock Knock

Even though these organisations are working hard to improve the situation, it is upon all of us to make sure that we don't waste food and do whatever we can to help and feed the poor. To fight and beat the global problem of hunger, a collective effort is a must!

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