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…

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 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…