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…

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Easter Bunny Bread

The festival of Easter is most famously linked with the traditional ‘Hot Cross Bun’- a rich, aromatic and flavourful bread that’s filled with dry fruits and decorated with a Cross on the top. We’ve adapted our favourite Hot Cross Bun recipe to make ‘Easter Bunny Bread’ that’s as sweet to taste as it is adorable!…

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…

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…

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…

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…