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…

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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…

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…

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

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…

Doodh Peda (Milk Peda)

Doodh Peda, also called Milk Peda, is a soft, fudge-like dessert that’s made to celebrate special occasions and festivals in India. Traditionally, these sweets are made using Mawa or Khoya (dried, evaporated milk). We’ve used Condensed Milk and Milk Powder to simplify the recipe and still give a delicious flavour. The Doodh Peda can be…

Baked Neureos

‘Neureos’ or ‘Karanji’ are traditional pastries made in Goa and Maharashtra. They comprise a sweet, coconut-based filling within crisp golden-brown pastry. The Neureos are most often deep-fried but here, we’ve baked the pastries instead. We’ve also tweaked the recipe to use desiccated coconut instead of the more traditional fresh coconut scrapings. Neureos are made during…

Chicken Cafreal

Chicken Cafreal, also known as ‘Galinha Cafreal’, is a unique dish that the Portuguese brought to Goa from another of their colonies- Mozambique. Chicken pieces are cooked in a flavorful green masala paste to which a dash of vinegar is added. It’s the vinegar that gives the Chicken Cafreal its distinctive taste. The Chicken Cafreal may be served dry, as an appetizer, with potato wedges and lemon slices. It may also be cooked as a curry to be relished alongside freshly steamed rice or Goan Pão (bread).

Chicken Xacuti

Chicken Xacuti or ‘Shagoti’ is an intense Goan curry made with chicken and a host of spices, carefully roasted and ground with the quintessential coconut that’s so definitive of Goa. The chicken is often replaced with mutton and tastes equally good. We rather like our Chicken Xacuti full of spice and heat but do feel…