When you visit a new place you are curious to learn about the place and also about its culture and food. Cuisine of every place is different and gives you an idea about the traditions and culture of the place.
Goa is a famous tourist attractions and every year a large number of people visit it. The cuisine of Goa is as striking as the place itself. Sea food, rice, coconut and the local spices make up the exotic cuisine.
Since Goa was ruled by rulers of different religions like Hindu, Muslim and Portuguese, the cuisine here is influenced by these cultures. The liberal use of spices in the dishes gives them their unique taste. Rice and fish are the staple food of the people here. The scrumptious and delectable food of Goa attracts people again and again. The food is a blend of East and West.
Cuisine of Goa
The food here is very spicy and mainly non vegetarian, tuna and pomfret are the common variety of fish eaten. Goan Hindus eat a lot of vegetables, pulses, bamboo shoots, along with fish and chicken. Some of the popular dishes are fish curry and rice, fried fish, fish cutlets, tondak made from beans, and vegetables.
The food is cooked in coconut oil. Spices like asafetida, curry leaves, fenugreek, mustard, coriander, turmeric etc. are used. In Hindu cuisine less onion and garlic are used.
The sea food forms the base of the Catholic cuisine also. Beef, pork, chicken and sea food dishes with lots of spices are very popular. Some well-liked dishes are arroz doze, balchao, sanna etc.
Portuguese introduced potatoes, tomatoes, guavas, pineapple, cashew nuts and chillies to the people of Goa.
Some Dishes from Goa
Pork Vindaloo – This is made from pork cut into cubes, Vindaloo masala paste, onion, ginger paste, palm sugar, cinnamon, cloves, cooking oil and salt.
Vindaloo paste is made from chopped onions, garlic, ginger, garam masala, red chillies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, black pepper corns and white vinegar, ground into a paste.
Goan Fish curry – Tuna fish tastes very good in Goan fish curry. The spicy and tasty curry is eaten with rice. Pieces of the fish are cooked in the curry made from onions, tomatoes, garlic, ginger, tamarind, fresh coconut, red chillies, coriander, cumin and turmeric powder.
Raechad Masala – This hot masala paste is used either as the main spice mixture in a curry or to marinate fish, meat etc. It is made with red chillies, black pepper corns, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, garlic cloves, turmeric, sugar, tamarind, salt and vinegar.
Patoleo – Patoleo or patoli is made from rice, grated coconut and jiggery which is wrapped in turmeric leaves or banana leaves and steamed. This is prepared during special ceremonies and festivals.
The food of Goa is really delicious and when you visit Goa you must try as many dishes as you can. Their cuisine plays a very important role in the tourism of Goa. People take pride in what they eat as well as how it is cooked.