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…

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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…

Tatyache Tonak (Egg Curry)

‘Tonak’ is a flavourful curry made in Goa using a special combination of spices and fresh coconut scrapings. It’s made in various forms, from mildly-spiced vegetarian curries for festive days to non-vegetarian curries made with extra spice and heat. Mushrooms, Cashewnuts, Dried Peas, Red Lentils (Masoor), Black-eyed Peas (Chavli) and a traditional Goan variety of pulses…

Rachead Prawn Fry

Fresh, plump ‘Sungta’ or Prawns, are coated in a deliciously spicy Rachead masala paste, dredged in semolina (rawa) and fried on a hot tawa (pan). The ‘Rachead Masala’ or ‘Racheado Masala’ is of Indo-Portuguese origin and is a great storecupboard essential to have on hand. These spicy fried prawns are a perfect appetiser to any…

Rachead Masala

‘Rachead Masala’ is a spicy paste that serves as a perfect base for many dishes in Goa. Traditionally known as ‘Racheado Masala’, the paste is made by the Christian community using bright Red Chillies and Vinegar. The vinegar is said to give the paste its distinctive jewel-red colour and we can’t wait to try their…

Lamb Sorpotel

Sorpotel, ‘Sarpatel’ or ‘Sarapatel’ is one of the most popular curries of Indo-Portuguese origin. It is a fiery-red Sorpotel is tangy, spicy and sweet all at the same time. In the olden days, pig rearing was a common practice in Goan villages. Every ingredient and source of food was cherished and the people believed in…

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…

Puran Poli (Sweet Flatbread)

Puran Poli is a traditional flatbread that’s stuffed with a mixture of cooked chana dal (Bengal Gram) and jaggery. Considered a rich festive treat, these sweet Puran Polis are served with dollops of melting ghee (clarified butter) and are usually made to celebrate festivals like ‘Holi’. The liquid in which the lentils are cooked is…

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…

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…