Kadale manoli ( Manglorean style Ivy gourd and black chickpeas bhaji)

Kadale Manoli is a very traditional Manglorean dish, mostly served during occasions. Kadale, is the Tulu word for black chickpeas ( kala chana in Hindi) and Manoli is Ivy gourd ( tendli/tindora). This interesting dish with it’s combination of legume and vegetable, prepared in a coarse coconut based dry gravy is amazingly delicious!

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Goan sannas and chunachi/godachem sannas- Steamed rice cakes( plain and sweet version)

 

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Sannas are spongy steamed rice cakes. It is made from a batter consisting of ground Goan red rice and freshly grated coconut. The rice and coconut are ground using toddy (fermented coconut water). The batter is then fermented and steamed. Sannas are a popular accompaniment for sorpotel, xacuti and other meat gravies. They are slightly sweet and hence pair perfectly with these fiery and tangy gravies. Continue reading →


Hubhechem sukhem ( Clams in a semi coconut gravy)

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Hubhe means clams in Konkani, and sukkem means dry. These kind of clams don’t have much ridges on it’s shell and are more polished. In this dish, clams  are cooked in a coconut based semi gravy, infused with very few spices, letting the flavor of the clams itself  stand out. Continue reading →

Bolinhos de coco ( Goan cookies)

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December is officially here!! I guess all of us agree that time does fly by with the blink of an eye! Is it just me? Why do I feel like this phenomenon never occurred when we were kids? Perhaps, we didn’t have a dime worth of worries back then!

Let’s rejoice anyway, it’s the holiday season!!! The joyous feeling of Christmas is already in the air, with gifts, decor & other holiday accents embellishing the racks of most stores.


I’ve begun preparing my Christmas goodies:) Today I made these traditional Goan cookies, ‘Bolinhos’ , which means cookies in Portuguese and ‘coco‘ means coconut. Continue reading →

Bendem ani sungtam kodi (Goan Okra and shrimp curry)

Bendem is okra/lady finger, sungtam is prawns/shrimps and kodi is curry in the Konkani language. This  is a simple, delicious and mildly spiced curry, consisting of fresh coconut and aromatic spices, well balanced with the sourness from the tamarind. The addition of okra not only adds a textural element to this dish, but also adds an amazing subtle flavor that cannot be missed ! And the shrimps, so juicy and succulent, after absorbing all those beautiful aromatics! Simply yummmm! If you love okra, then do try out this simple and quick recipe! It’s best paired with Goan red boiled rice, which is supposed to be healthier than the normal white rice, as the red rice is not processed, keeping all the nutrients intact. However, regular rice and bread are great accompaniments too!

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