Goan Cuisine


Goan cuisine has a distinct and unique combination of spicy flavors. Seafood, Coconut Milk, Rice and Paste are main ingredients of Goan delicacies. Goan food cannot be considered complete without fish. The Goan dishes range from prawns to sausages, chicken to beef and numerous vegetarian dishes. Prawns, crabs, lobsters, clams, ladyfish, oysters and mussels are the main seafood that are used to make a variety of curries, soups, fries and pickles in Goa.

With over a hundred kilometers of coastline it's no shocker that fish and seafood are staples here. A Goan meal is incomplete without Fish. Coconut is the vital ingredient in most of the dishes of the Goan Cuisine. Many beach shacks and restaurants present seafood lightly spiced, or without spices at all. The food is generally either fried, grilled or cooked in garlic sauce. Traditional Goan cooking methods generally involve seasoning the seafood in some way.

Bebinca (also known as bibik / bebinka) is a type of pudding and a traditional Goan dessert. The dessert has to be baked in layers and traditionally has 16 layers. Cooking the perfect bebinca is an art for the cook, so as to ensure that all layers are cooked equally. it'll put inches on you waistline if you develop a taste for it, but it's not to be missed. Get the Bebinca Recipe here..

Fenny / Feni is an important Goan drink. Goan Fenny is made from either coconut or the juice of the cashew apple. Cashew Feni is made by fermenting the Cashew Fruit (fruit of the Cashew Tree) and Coconut Feni is made from the sap of the Coconut Tree. Coconut Fenny is generally clear and known for its strong alcohol scent. Its flavor has been described as 'Burnt Sugar'. Cashew Apple Fenny is pale yellow in color which comes with the taste of both fruity and nutty. Get more details on Fenny here..

The Goan cuisine also reflects separate influence of Hinduism and Christianity. The Goan dishes range from prawns to sausages, chicken to beef and numerous vegetarian dishes. Some of the magnificent culinary delicacies of Goa are like the Prawn Balchao (almost like a pickle) and Sarapatel (also called as sorpotel) that have become popular all over the world. Goan food is simple and most of the dishes are hot, spicy and pungent. It is interesting to note that items made from fish, rice and coconut abounds in almost all Goan meals.

Goa is lined up with numerous restaurants offering Goan food or any other food that you want and these Goan restaurants are usually situated by the beach side, giving you a unique recipe of delicious seafood. South Goa has more five star resorts to its credit but if you are looking for Goan delicacies at reasonable rates, then North Goa is undoubtedly the place to be. Also you won't be missing out on your traditional food, as you find restaurants which offer Chinese, Thai, Italian, Mughalai, South Indian, Mexican, Portuguese, Korean, Vietnamese, etc.

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