In India there are normally only two types of Cuisines, North Indian Food and South Indian Food. Between these two major cuisines is smartly sandwiched the world famous cuisine of Goa. The Goan Cuisine or Goan Food.

What is Goan Food essentially in Goa?

The daily food and staple diet of every Goan in Goa is the XitCodi (Rice Curry). The XitCodi (Rice Curry) consists usually of Boiled Goan Organic Red Rice, Red Coconut Fish Curry, a generous piece of fresh fried fish, a local leafy vegetable (green or red vegetable), Sol (kokum) digestive juice, Mishkut (green mango pickle) and maybe little green salad. All Tourists visiting Goa, whether Indian or International always need to have a traditional XitCodi (Rice Curry) in Goa.

About Goan Food

Goan food is essentially prepared always from scratch, meaning no readymade pastes, powders, masalas and spices are used. In all Goan dishes, the masalas have to be always pre mixed and pre grounded freshly for every recipe. Chillies are an essential ingredient in every Goan dish and these chillies were originally introduced to Goa and India by the Portuguese. The Portuguese also introduced potatoes, tomatoes, pineapples, guavas and cashews from Brazil to Goa.

Cuisine of Goa is divided into 4 categories:

  • Portuguese Cuisine
  • Goan Vegetarian Cuisine
  • Goan Non Vegetarian Cuisine
  • Goan Seafood Cuisine.

Portuguese Cuisine

Portuguese Prawns Soup, Portuguese Lobster Soup, Chicken Caldo Verde, Canja De Galinha, Pataniscas de bacalhau (Portuguese Codfish Fritters), Rissóis de Camarão (Portuguese Shrimp Turnovers), Açorda, Amêijoas na Cataplana, Caracóis à Portuguesa

Farinheira de PorcoPretofrita, AlheiraGrelhada, Melão com presunto. The typical Portuguese breakfast is milk, coffee, bread, butter, cheese, jam, fiambre, presunto, toasts, torradas, juice, croissants, cereal, pastry and fruit.



Goan Vegetarian Cuisine

Goa Potato Bhaji, Dal Curry, Chana Masala, Pulses Curry, Cabbage Bhaji, Beetroot Bhaji, Mango Curry, Dry Kidney Beans Masala, Drumsticks Dry Bhaji, Jackfruit Seed Curry, Fried Breadfruit, Bhendi (lady finger / okra) Masala, French bean Bhaji.

Goan Non Vegetarian Cuisine

Chicken Cafreal, Pork Vindaloo, Beef Chilli Fry, Chicken Xacuti, Beef Roast, Pork Roast, Chicken Tandoori, Pork Sorpotel, Green Beef Curry, Chicken Masala, Pork Sausages, Beef Steak, Beef Cutlets, Sausage Pulav.

Goan Seafood Cuisine

Grilled Kingfish, Tuna Fish Salad, Ladyfish Tandoor, Stuffed Pomfret, Rechado Mackerel (Bangda), Prawns Masala, Crab Curry, Lobster Sizzler, Calamiri Fry, Seafood Platter, Fried Tiger Prawns, Fish Curry, Balchao (fish pickle), Fish Fingers, Prawns Pulav, Crispy Fried Bombil (Bombay Duck)

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