Goan chole ( chickpea) xacuti

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Xacuti– derived from the Portuguese word Chacuti, is a very fragrant and mildly spiced Goan curry . Chicken, meat or fish are mostly used in this gravy, but today I’m sharing a vegetarian version using chickpeas instead. The procedure of roasting all the ingredients before grinding them , brings out the flavor, making this dish truly wonderful. This is one of my favorite Goan dishes, which immediately transports me to a time that reminds me of fun gatherings, at parties or weddings with family and friends. Continue reading →

Goan chonya ros ( Goan chickpea curry/ chole masala)


Chole masala, is another popular and much loved Punjabi dish, mostly accompanied with bhaturas . As much as I love the Punjabi version, I’ve learnt another way of making it ( Goan version  ) from my mum in law. I’ll say I’m a little biased to my mum in law’s recipe because I love the flavors. She has developed this recipe over the years,  which is loved and relished by the entire family. Chonya means dried  yellow/green peas in Konkani , since I don’t find them here , I’ve used chickpeas, which works well too .  A masala blend of 5 simple ingredients , that is sauteed with mustard seeds, curry leaves and tomatoes results in an aromatic and delectable dish. Continue reading →

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