Soya Bean Pulao

‘Soya Bean Pulao’ is a flavourful vegetarian dish that’s perfect for days when you need a quick, easy and nutritious meal. A ‘Pulao’ or ‘Pulav’ is a traditional Middle Eastern or Indian dish made of rice and cooked in stock with a variety of spices, typically with meat or vegetables added to it. This vegetarian…

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Phodi (Vegetable Fries)

‘Phodi’ or ‘Fodi’ are pan-fried discs of vegetables that are often served as an accompaniment to a traditional Goan meal. Covered with a coating of crisp semolina, the vegetables are fried to perfection on a hot tawa (pan) and are quick as well as easy to prepare. The Phodi can be made using a wide…

Chikki (Peanut & Cashew Nut Brittle)

‘Chikki’ or ‘Brittle’ is a traditional Indian sweet made with jaggery and chopped nuts. The variety of Chikki made is immense, with different combinations of chopped nuts being used. Peanuts and cashew nuts are usually the most popular choices for the preparation of this delicious sweet. Feel free to replace the peanuts and cashew nuts…

Gulab Shrikhand

Thick sweetened curds are flavoured with a fragrant jewel-coloured Rose syrup to make this exotic dessert. We’ve used a Rose concentrate called ‘Rooh Afza’ (Persian for ‘one that enhances the spirit and lifts the soul’) to make this delightful pink Shrikhand. Adding notes of ‘Gulab’ or Rose flavour to an otherwise traditional Indian dessert gives…

Candied Oranges

‘Candied Oranges’ are translucent fruit slices that have been caramelised in thick sugar syrup and are bursting with flavour! They are a reminder of Christmas flavours and are perfect as a treat on their own or even when added to other sweets! ‘Purument karun davarap’ (to preserve) is an important pre-monsoon ritual in Goa. Special…

Ansache Mel (Pineapple Jam)

Pieces of fragrant and ripe Pineapple simmer in a thick sugar syrup to form a delicious golden jam.¬† ‘Mel’, the Portuguese word for ‘honey’, aptly describes this aromatic Pineapple Jam or Ananas Jam. A spoonful of it is like a burst of summer flavours! Whether spread across buttered toast, added to chilled milk or savoured…

Sungtache Lonche ( Prawn Pickle)

‘Sungtache Lonche’ or Prawn Pickle is traditional Goan pickle made with small or medium-sized prawns cooked in a perfect blend of spices. This wonderful recipe comes from my mom Kamakshi and has been a family favourite¬†for many years. The prawn pickle is easy to put together and is a great accompaniment to any meal. It…

Alle Kaap (Ginger Barfi)

‘Alle Kaap’, ‘Ginger Barfi’ or ‘Allyachi Vadi’ is a traditional version of Ginger Candy in Goa and Maharashtra. Sugar, ghee, milk powder and fresh ginger form the base of our version of this delicious sweet, that’s easy and quick to make. The Alle Kaap seems sticky when cooked but hardens as it cools, turning into…

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…

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…

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…