Brinjal pickle, a sweet-sour-spicy pickle is a much loved one amongst Goan folks. Usually non vegetarian dishes dominate Goan cuisine but delicacies such as this pickle are as popular as the molho’s, balchao’s, para and the likes. And it’s not hard to figure out why! You get some sweetness with the first bite, which transcends into that sourness and finally the subtle heat that hits the back of your tongue along with the eggplant, the star of course adding that texture and flavor to this well rounded pickle. So, a lot of complex and tantalizing flavor notes in a single bite which is why the quote, ” a little goes a long way” is applicable here as is for most pickles. Continue reading →
Sorak curry is the most basic of all Goan curries. It is also a great base for most fish curries, but can also be enjoyed as is or along with some veggie and fried fish preparation. It is mostly prepared during the monsoons in Goa, when there is a dearth of fresh fish, as the fisherman avoid fishing due to the rough seas. Most folks have this with some dried fish that has been stocked up for the monsoons. I don’t know of any Goan who does not like their Xit kodi ( xit – Konkani for rice and kodi – Konkani for curry)
Stuffed squids aka calamari are a classic and popular Goan appetizer! You will find it on the menu of most Goan beach shacks. It is stuffed with a mix of sauteed onions and chopped tentacles cooked in the fiery and tangy Goan recheado masala paste.
Clam pulao is a delicious and aromatic pulao/pilaf prepared in coastal Goa. The addition of sweet prawns/shrimps or clams, greatly embellish a simple pulao. You would not even need an side dish as the pulao is a complete dish on it’s own. Shrimp and clam pulao are my personal favorites amongst all the varieties of pulao, for it’s deliciousness, ease & speed of preparation. This is one of those minimal effort, maximum flavor kind of dishes. Of course if you are using fresh clams, you gottta cleam ’em up and stuff. But I wouldn’t really complain knowing the end result that awaits me after the preparation of this pulao.
Prawn and drumstick curry is one of my favorite curries from the Goan cuisine. To me a plate of red boiled rice and spoonfuls of this curry screams comfort food! The very aroma of this curry, bubbling away on the stovetop makes me want to dive into it as soon as it’s done, so delicious!