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Shining like a precious jewel along the western coastline of the country, Goa is known for its alluring amalgamation of three diverse cultures-the French, the Portuguese and the Indian. Amongst an array of bountiful presents offered by the scenic state, what leaves an unmatched impression on the minds of its visitors is its sprawling cuisine.

While tourists may topple in their love for the choicest varieties of seafood, what has us drooling is the Goa's dessert spread. From a local delicacy that comes with semblances of north India's 'Gujia' to a range of sweet servings having a European appeal, you simply can't enjoy it all in one trip! If you are lost in your sugar-dipped imaginations already, let us take you on a tour of the 14 most relished Goan desserts.


Bebinca

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Known as the 'queen of Goan desserts' Bebinca brings to the plate, the rich flavours from Portugal, adorned with a traditional Indian twist. An exquisite dessert, Bebinca has become such an inseparable part of the Goan life that it is impossible for any revelry, small or big as it may be, to not have it. The succulent dish is a preparation from a coconut flavoured batter that is baked into a cake with multiple layers separated by desi ghee. A single serving of this Goan dessert might fuel your cravings instead of satiating them! While different versions of Bebcina have garnered humongous popularity from the tourists, the servings of Mr. Baker 1992, Viva Panjim, Martin's Corner, Souza Lobo amidst others, are some of the most appreciated ones.

Kidiyo or Kulkul

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Kidiyo or Kulkul is generally prepared as a part of a 22-item spread called Kuswar, for Christmas celebrations. The sweet is not only famous in Goa but has also garnered patronage from the East Indian community of Maharashtra. Known widely for its unique golden colour and crunch, Kidiyo is one of the most famous munchies found in Goan homes. Found in all traditional Goan home kitchens, Kidiyo/Kulkul takes just one bite to ensure that you ask for it again and again!


Coconut Ice

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Another part and parcel of the Christmas table is the delectable sweet called Coconut Ice. Prepared using three chief ingredients of grated coconut, condensed milk and sugar, this brings together a blossom of bountiful sweetness, leaving an unsurpassable impression of your tongue. The most interesting feature of this Goan sweet, is that it can be made quickly in a few minutes, with no cooking involved!

Perad

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One of the classic goan sweets, Perad or 'Guava Cheese' is the love of guavas tossed into a soulful serving. Known as 'Goiabada' in Portuguese, this sweet will activate your taste buds up to heavenly levels! Prepared with guava pulp, this opulent sweet comes with a deliciously soft core and firm peripheries, delivering you moments enveloped in absolute magic!

Patolea

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While turmeric constitutes an important part of almost all Indian savouries, Goa twists turmeric leaves into a delish dessert which gives a completely new definition to the joy of jaggery. What promises you a definitely different experience, is the coming together of cardamom and grated coconut! Usually prepared for the feast of Assumption of Mary, Patoleo is a relished sweet on a number of special occasions in Goa.

Nevri

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Are you enamoured by the famous Gujhiyas from north India or Karanji from Maharashtra? Yes or no, as the answer may be, we are sure that the Goan version would just hit the right spot, gifting you complete contentment. Stuffed with a mixture of coconut, poppy seeds, cardamom and almonds complemented by sugar or jaggery, the crispy dumplings make for an unavoidable treat to your sweet senses!

Bolo De Rulao

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Having a Portuguese name that translates to 'the cream of wheat cake', Bolo De Rulao is a treasured delicacy not just in the towns but also in the villages and suburbs of Goa. The cake, with its quintessential corn texture, lends an everlasting memory to your palate. Once you get to devour your slice, we are sure you would be charged with curiosity to know its perfect recipe!

Channa Doss

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Made with lots of love and patience, this sweet brings together different members of a Goan family during its preparation. Given the efforts and tremendous stirring involved, you are bound to get an impeccable result at the end. Be it artistically adorned with dry fruits or without any garnish, this dish undoubtedly ranks high in the taste alley! Simple as this dish is, in terms of ingredients, the flavours would assuredly take you on a trip of your sugar-soaked dreams.


Dodol

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Another luscious component of Goa's dessert spread is Dodol, a rich fusion of coconut milk, rice flour, jaggery, almonds, cashews and an immeasurable amount of drool-worthy satisfaction. While the process of preparation is quite tedious for this dish, the efforts surely transform into a palatable pudding that makes for a soulful summing up to any hearty meal! Sold perennially in local markets, you can't be back from a Goan trip without getting your pack.

Goan Pinaca

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Often eaten as a tea-time snack, Pinaca is a magical medley of jaggery and coconut with a hint of cardamom, blending together three of Goa's quintessential ingredients. A customary essential for Goa's Christmas spread, it will touch your heart in the right place at the first bite. Cylinder-shaped delicacies that resemble croquettes, Pinaca with its special delights, accounts for a truly satisfying binge-munching experience!

Bol

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An important part of the wedding festivities, Bol is a highly adored Goan dessert. Adding to its distinct colour and taste, palm jaggery is the tantalizing treasure of this delicacy. If a Goan wedding is somewhere amid your future travel plans, you can't afford to miss this dessert of wholesomeness. Grabbing a piece of it would surely accentuate all your grub-gravities and multiply all your cravings!

Alle Belle

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If you are willing to sign-up for a luxurious sweet ride in Goa, Alle Belle can't be missed. Filled with a tempting mix of coconut and jaggery, these packets of absolute joy are mostly enjoyed with evening teas. The mild and thin covers encapsulating yummy yet rustic flavours will leave you asking for more! Amongst a string of stores serving this simple yet scrumptious dessert, Nostalgia, Cafe Ave Maria and O Coquerio are some of the most prominent names.

Serradura

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If you are somebody who is a fan of instant desserts, it is almost improbable that this won't win your heart! Meaning 'sawdust' in Portuguese, Serradura is prepared using crushed biscuits that give it the feel of the thing that it is named after. While a number of stores offer lip-smacking kinds of this fancy dessert, you must try the ones served by Cremeux Cafe & Bistro, Prime Rose, Just Lobo's amongst others.

Bolinhas

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Made with semolina and coconut, Bolinhas are cookies that pack a surprise of soft crumble in crispy covers. This delicacy is so deeply rooted in the state's cultural heritage that a Christmas sweets' platter would be called incomplete in its absence, irrespective of how heavily-laden the spread is! The delicate texture and irresistible taste of these Goan cookies make them the perfect evening munchies, igniting your love for nibbling.

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While you must have lost your heart multiple times to the charming landscape of Goa, we are confident that this enticing presentation of some of the most sumptuous desserts from the state has only amplified the fascination. If you possess an insatiable sweet tooth, you can't find a better list than this, to add to your 'eat-inerary' while traversing through the state. Feed this in your memory and you will surely thank us later!

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.

A dessert lover would understand the importance of quality baked goods and if you are one of them, we have compiled a list of some of the best home entrepreneurs in Kanpur:

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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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