11 Best and Popular Goan Recipes which you should Try in Goa
Goan food is extremely different from the food of other regions and this can be attributed to its rich and diverse cultural heritage. It’s a potpourri of flavours: beef, pork, coconut, jaggery, cashew and an endless variety of seafood. A lot of Goan dishes like Prawns balchao and Sorpotel are well known and relished around the world.
Goan food has many similarities with Portuguese food and this is mainly because of Portuguese inhabitants who lived there for almost 450 years. Goans didn’t take after their prominent use of garlic in every dish, but definitely latched on to their flair for bread-making. You’ll see that Goans often swap their regular bowl of steamed rice with soft and warm bread. Spices, fish and coconut have dominated Goan food for centuries and it’s only in the last few years it has started to be featured with new, more innovative ingredients like fenni and vinegar.
We’ve put together 11 excellent Goan recipes that you can whip up in your kitchen with great ease.
2. Goan Prawns Curry
Crunch your way to juicy prawns cooked in a coconut milk based Goan curry and let the magic of Goan food take over.
3. Goan Bangda Recheado
‘Recheado’ means ‘stuffed’ in Portuguese. Simply put, it’s a pomfret or Bangda infused with a tangy recheado paste and fried with onions till crisp and golden brown.
4. Goan Bebinca
This delicious Goan dessert is carefully layered to perfection. It is prepared using coconut milk, eggs, butter, and most importantly, jaggery. Traditional Bebinca has about seven to sixteen layers but you can have as many as you wish. Each bite of this cake makes the next one seem even more exciting.
5. Goan Pork Vindaloo
This is perhaps the most sensational and memorable Goan dish. ‘Vin’ stands for vinegar and ‘ahlo’, pronounced and written as ‘aloo’, means garlic. Chillies, ginger, garlic and cumin make the luscious red masala which is mixed with vinegar laced pork and cooked in a fiery red gravy till it’s flaky and tender.
6. Goan Rava Fried Fish
Anyone who has been to Goa or heard of Goan food will know this dish. Fish fillets flavoured with ginger, garlic and red chillies are fried to perfection and garnished with aromatic coriander.
7. Goan Chicken Xacuti
Xacuti is back and this time for those looking for some juicy chunks of spice infused chicken. A great chicken dish to add on a dinner party menu, serve with any Indian bread or is best enjoyed on a bed of hot rice.
8. Goan Chicken Cafreal
This dish originated in the Portuguese colony and hence takes a Portuguese name. Chicken is marinated in an extremely spicy paste and cooked with vinegar and rum till the chicken turns tender.
9. Goan Pork Sorpotel
This Portuguese inspired dish is cooked in almost every catholic household in Goa for Christmas. It is said that authentic Sorpotel is heated for about 20 minutes each day after the first and tastes best on the 3rd or 4th day.
10. Goan Nevri
Commonly known as ‘karanji’, sweet small balls made of flour are stuffed with coconut, sugar, cardamom and almonds. A famous sweet dish from Goa, this recipe is prepared especially during Ganesh Chaturthi and Diwali festivals.