I had the best food of my life in Goa.Goa is an ultimate abode when comes to food. With many restaurants sprawled up in the city one can relish the World famous Goan delicacies. Goan or Konkani cuisine is mostly influenced by the ingredients available on the west coast of India. Seafood, coconut, rice, vegetables, kokum dominate the food. Though the food preparing style has its roots from India, it is heavily influenced by the colonization of Portuguese. The food palette was a great fusion. Being a seafood lover I got the chance to taste some of the region's fresh catch like Snapper,Mackerel,Tiger prawns etc. The ingredients used to spice up the dishes was so unique, flavorful and distinguishing in taste.Vegetarian lovers also have great options.Some of the region's best are :
Poi or Poee
I have fallen in love with this bread when I was in Goa. Also packed some when I returned home. This bread is a masterpiece in the art of baking. Palm sized bread ,which can sit so cutely in your plate. Resembled a well baked bun but hollow inside. Tasted heaven. This is a staple bread which goes well with most of Goan vegetarian and non-vegetarian curries.
A traditional home style Goan chicken gravy. Made out of freshly ground spices. Bright in color and unique in flavor. Very light for stomach. Best accompanied with rice or Poi.
Prawn or Mushroom or Crab Xacuti
Another traditional Goan curry made from prawns or crabs or mushrooms.I tasted all three. Ingredients used in the preparation gave a special taste to the gravy. The region's sea food is a daily fresh catch. Prawns or crab in the gravy were succulent and juicy. I couldn't wait to order more "Poi".
Red Snapper or Mackerel Fry
Not a usual fish fry. Fresh, juicy fish in a batter marinated with spices straight from the Goan kitchen. Great starter for your meal. Light for stomach.
A goan menu card never gets fulfilled without this awesome recipe. Seven layered dessert made out of flour,eggs,sugar and some magic. The chef told me its prepared in an authentic style. Melts in mouth. A hearty heavenly dessert.