No one can ever get enough of the holiday season. But who says it’s over? There is always new things to look forward to, new places to visit and new cuisines to try. And if nothing works out for you, you will always have Goa. Yes, the favorite place to go tripping (no pun intended) never wears off for anyone. In addition to cheap alcohol, beach fun and numerous places to visit, Goan cuisine caresses one’s appetite endlessly with the variety of delicacies that it has to offer.
The apparent amalgamation of Hindu and Christian traditions is visible in Goan cuisines which emerged as a result of east meets west. Needless to say, the dominant dishes are all seafood, slowly cooked or smoked or tossed in a pan.
To Start With
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For starters, you can order a chicken cafreal or mackerel reacheado both of which are spicy. The Goans are not very heavy on bland food. The former is basically chicken marinated with a lot of masala, green chilies and mint and pan fried or roasted. The latter is a fish dish, where the fish is sliced and stuffed with a combination of very “tikha”(hot) spices and then pan fried. Both are served with a side salad. The sorpotel is a famous heavy stew made out of pork and left for three to four days before consumption. Although Goan vegetarian dishes aren’t just as popular, you can order a mushroom fry/cutlet, dry mushroom xacuti, or tambdi bhaji, which when literally translated means red and is basically spicy fried red amaranth leaves.
The Thali from Goa
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In a traditional Goan thaali, as you may call it you are likely to be served steamed rice (although there are varieties of rice) or sanna, a fluffy bread made out of coconut or rice flour followed by ambot tik which is a fish curry dish, high on spices. The fish is usually catfish or shark and it is very tangy and pungent. An immensely thick coconut gravy dish called crab xeg xeg is also a delicacy. The lip smacking seafood platter will leave you yearning for more. There is the Goan fish curry, or prawn curry, rava fried fish which is also served as a starter. But wait, it only gets better. The pork vindaloo is just as great. It consists of vinegar soaked and laced pork cooked with a red paste and lots of garlic. For vegetarians, you can try the tendli (gourd) bhaji, the mushroom broth, or dry drumsticks.
The Sweet Treat
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For desserts, you can have the bebinca which is by far the most delectable Goan dessert. Or the Goan nevris. The bebinca is a cake which has a soft fudge and is multi layered made of coconut, eggs, sugar, and ghee. The nevris, usually known as karanjis are soft balls stuffed adequately with coconut almonds and sugar although the stuffing may vary. The bread pudding with dry fruits is also a favorite. And while you are eating your Goan meal, the Goan feni will help you to gulp these dishes and will only enhance your experience.
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Now you have such delectable reasons to visit Goa if you haven’t already. Holidays start when you decide to pack your bags and leave. Remember the Goa trip of Akash, Sameer and Sid in the Bollywood blockbuster movie “Dil Chahta Hai”? Yes, it’s bound to be full of fun and food!
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