Mushroom Pattice / Mushroom Puffs

Mushroom Pattice, or Mushroom Puffs, are a very popular teatime snack in Goa. Spicy, savoury mushroom filling is enclosed in layers of buttery, flaky and crisp Puff Pastry. It’s believed that Cafe Central in Panjim offers customers the best puffs in all of Goa. But for anyone who’d like to relish this teatime snack at…

Easy to Make Puff Pastry Recipe

Here’s our easy to make Puff Pastry recipe that bakes into crispy, flaky layers filled with butter! It’s the perfect dough for Chicken Puffs, Vegetable Puffs, Egg Puffs and a host of other savoury snacks, as well as sweet treats. We always keep a batch of the dough handy for whenever we feel like baking. …

The Saucy Chicken

Tender chicken pieces stir-fried in a sticky sauce that’s hot, tangy, salty and sweet. This dish is a real explosion of flavour and perfect for a Saturday night treat! The chicken is marinated in a combination of store-cupboard ingredients for a quick, easy and filling meal. The credit for this delicious recipe goes to my…

Bolinhas de Coco (Coconut & Semolina Cookies)

‘Bolinhas de Coco’ are small cookies, typical of Goan-Portuguese cuisine, that are crisp on the outside and soft within. These special cookies, referred to as Bolinhas (balls), Bolinhos (cookies) or even Bolinyas, are made with semolina and Coco, the Portuguese word for ‘Coconut’. The recipe is an unusual one, wherein the semolina and coconut dough…

Chatpata Bhel

Why not celebrate this Valentine’s Day with a bowlful of spicy ‘Bhel’? One of the most iconic street foods of India, Bhel is a snack that’s very easy and quick to rustle up. It’s a perfect combination of puffed rice, spicy savoury mixes, finely chopped onions and tomatoes. What sets this dish apart is the…

Prasadache Ladu (Dry Fruit Ladoo)

‘Mahashivratri’, a festival to honour Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, is a very special occasion celebrated all over India. Devotees observe day and night-long fasts, immersed in prayers, invoking divine blessings for health, peace and prosperity. The fasting period is usually broken with sweet milk and dry fruits. ‘Prasadache Ladu’, a festive sweet made with…

Nallachi Kapa (Coconut Burfi)

‘Nallachi Kapa’ is a popular burfi made with fresh coconut scrapings. There are two versions of this recipe- one type of kapa is made with sugar while the other type, that we’ve described here, is  made with jaggery. The recipe made with jaggery, given to us by our mom Kamakshi, yields delicious golden-brown squares that…

Palak Paneer (Cottage Cheese & Spinach Curry)

Palak Paneer is a popular north-Indian curry that’s often served for meals and is a great source of important nutrients. A bowlful of this steaming curry, that’s easy and quick to make,  is perfect with Chapati, Naan or Jeera Rice. Here’s a short blog post with the recipe and video for the way we make…

Bangdyache Hooman (Mackerel Curry)

‘Bangdyache Hooman, Viswon Fry ani Xit’- these few words are more than enough to tempt us into sitting down to a traditional Goan meal! The words literally translate as ‘Mackerel Curry, Fried Kingfish and Rice’. Each time we’re in Goa, I can’t wait for this meal to be prepared. The quality of fresh fish and…

Sungtache Hooman (Prawn Curry)

This delicious curry is made using fresh ‘Sungta’ (Prawns), one of the most popular varieties of seafood in Goa. Mildly spiced and cooked in a flavourful coconut base, the curry is most often served with freshly steamed Xit (Rice) although it is equally tasty with Goan Pão  (bread). In the olden days, curries were cooked…

Baath Cake (Semolina & Coconut Cake)

Baath Cake, also called Baatica, is a traditional Goan cake made using fresh coconut and semolina. It is usually baked to celebrate festivals like Christmas and Easter, forming a popular part of the traditional ‘Consuada’ or ‘Kuswar’ (festive sweets shared between families, friends and neighbours). Mildly sweet, with a moist crumb and rich flavour, this…

Kankon (Bangle-shaped Bread)

Kankon, that literally translates to ‘Bangle’ in Konkani, is a distinctive ring-shaped bread that is popular all over Goa. Each ring of bread has a crunchy crust and a fairly dry texture within, forming a great snack when dipped into warm tea. Some believe that the Kankon has been named thus not only because of…