Goa is a haven for foodies. The Goan dishes provide the connoisseurs a unique and unforgettable experience. The food of Goa has been greatly influenced by Portuguese settlers and local Konkani community. Apart from that the local ingredients like Kokam, coconut, malt, fresh sea food, and tamarind majorly influence the taste of Goan dishes.
Here is a list of the best Goan dishes that you must try during your visit:
Vindaloo :Vindaloo is a Goan dish usually made with pork. The name vindaloo has been drawn from the Portugese word – Carne de Vinha d’ Alhos. This means a meat dish cooked with wine and garlic. The dish was introduced to Goa by Portugese.
However, vindaloo has undergone major reform once Goans started cooking it. Now vindaloo is made from any meat and is no more restricted to pork. It used to be a dry preparation for Portugese, but it is a gravy dish now with major ingredients being vinegar, coconut wine, and other Indian spices. Vindaloo, closest to its Portugese origin, is found in Goa. Although the dish has acquired an important place in Indian cuisine served nationally and internationally, a Goan Vindaloo is the most authentic of all.
Goan Prawn Curry : Fresh prawns or any sea food are common place in Goa. Goan prawn curry tastes heavenly. The dish is cooked with freshly grated coconut, vinegar, fresh prawns, and other Indian spices. It is a gravy dish which is mildly spiced and has a predominant taste of coconut milk. The dish is best enjoyed with steamed hot rice.
Xacuti : Xacuti, also known as shakooti, is made with fish, prawn or chicken. The main ingredients of this dish are roasted fresh coconut, Indian garam masala (cardamom, cinnamon, clove, peppercorns), browned onions, garlic, ginger, and tamarind. The dish is sweet and savory in taste as it has a touch of tamarind. Again Xacuti can be best enjoyed with steamed rice.
Sorpotel : Sorpotel again is dish brought to Goa by Portuguese. Originally it was known as Sarapatel. This dish can be made from fish, chicken, mutton, beef or pork, depending on the region where it is cooked. In Goa the dish is mainly cooked with boneless pork. The meat is sauted before adding it to the gravy. One of the main ingredients of Sorpotel is vinegar as in other Goan dishes. Since Sorpotel is a semi-dry dish one can try it for breakfast also.
Sorpotel is mainly eaten with pav (bread), coconut bread, or special sweet Goan rice known as sanna.
The above mentioned are some signature Goan dishes that you must try if you are fond of tasting the regional flavor.
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