When you travel to different places you surely would love to taste its special cuisine. The cuisine of a place speak volumes about its culture and traditions. So when you are in one of the most happening tourist destinations Goa, gorge on its variety of dishes to your heart’s content. No wonder the cuisine of Goa is as exotic as the destination itself. The cuisine here offers the flavors of Hindu, Christan, Muslim and Portuguese cultures. This state witnessed the rule of the Portuguese, Hindu and Muslim rulers in the past and their influences still reflect in its culture.
The culinary delicacies of Goa will surely tantalize your taste buds. The liberal use of spices in the dishes lends a unique taste to them. In fact, this state is known for its spicy flavor. The daily meal of a typical Goan consists of rice, fish and curry. The people here not only love to eat but also take immense pleasure in cooking. They like to cook their food in a traditional way in clay pots on firewood. Although technology has taken over but in rural areas of this state people still use traditional methods of cooking to add more flavor to the dishes.
Some of the main ingredients of the Goan cuisine are rice, fish, curry, spices, palm vinegar, coconut milk, chutney, Kokam( a red colored sour fruit) and Tamarind. These ingredients make the dishes ( vegetarian or non-vegetarian) more tasty. Here you will get a variety of dishes to dig into starting from prawns to crabs, clams, mussel, lobsters, oysters and vegetarian dishes.
Some famous vegetarian dishes of this exotic destination are mushroom tondak, uned, sanna, breadfruit curry, sushelle and karathiacho kuval. The non-vegetarian list consists of chicken cafreal, chicken xacuti, sorpotel and Chouricos. And if you are fond of sea food, try out kalputi, dry prawn kismur, lobsters, crabs etc. For real Portuguese flavor try fish caldinha, fish caldeirada, sopa de camarao and fish recheiado. To treat your sweet tooth feast on Bibinca (made of coconut milk, flour, sugar, coconut juice, eggs and ghee), Christmas cake, dhonos ( made of coconut, jackfruit, jaggery and ghee). Goa is also well known for Feni, a liquor made from cashew or coconut.