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!
Galinha cafreal aka Chicken cafreal, is a Portuguese influenced dish popular in the Goan cuisine! No festive occasion is complete without cafreal on the menu along with the popular sorpotel, vindalho’s, xacuti and the likes. But who really needs an occasion to indulge on some cafreal? I prepare it quite frequently, mostly for our Sunday meals, coz weekend meals are meant to be special, at least that is what I remember since my childhood. Pulao, biryani’s and rich curries were mostly reserved for Sunday’s! Continue reading →