Goan Food


Goan Food

The cuisine of Goa is a delicious reflection of its history and heritage. It is influenced by its Hindu origins, four hundred years of Portuguese colonialism, and modern techniques. No other cuisine in India can claim such contrasting influences.

Seafood, coconut milk, rice, and local spices are main ingredients of Goan cuisine. Being a state with a tropical climate, the spices and flavours are intense. Use of kokum is another distinct feature.

Goan food is considered incomplete without fish. Rice and fish-curry is the staple of most Goans. Taste it once and you will know why! Kingfish (Vison or Visvan) is the most common delicacy. Others include Pomfret, Shark, Tuna and Mackerel. Among the shellfish are Crabs, Prawns, Tiger Prawns, Lobster, Squid and Mussels.

The Portuguese have had a pronounced influence on Goan cuisine. They introduced Potatoes, Tomatoes, Pineapples, Guavas and Cashews. But the most significant contribution is the introduction of the spicy Peri-Peri Chilli, which is the most important part of Goan spices.

Goan cusines includes a wide variety of preparations

Fish curry called Humann and rice, also known as Kadi or Ambot

Fried fish

Fish Suke or Dhabdhabit – Dry spicy preparation of fish, eaten as a side dish

Fish Udid Methi or Uddamethi – Type of curry consisting of fenugreek and mackerel. A vegetarian version of this dish is also prepared using hog plums (or anything sour and tangy such as pieces of raw mango) and fenugreek

Kismur – A type of side dish normally consisting of dried fish (mostly mackerel or shrimp), onions and coconut

Kalputi – It is a dish prepared normally from the head of a large fish, onions and coconut

Bhaji or Shak made of different vegetables and fruits


Tondak, made of beans and cashew nuts

Different varieties of sweets made of rice and lentils, like Payasu, Patoli, Madgane and Kheer

Different varieties of pickles and Papads

Solachi Kadhi – A spicy coconut and kokum curry

Ambot tik – A sour curry dish prepared with either fish or meat

Arroz doce – A Portuguese derivative of kheer (sweetened rice)

Balchao – A curry based on a traditional sauce from Macao, made from shrimp, aguardente, laurel, lemon and chilli

Canja de Galinha – A type of chicken broth served with rice and chicken, and is originally a Goan recipe

Chamuca – A Goan derivative of the samosa

Croquettes – Beef cutlets and beef potato chops that are common snacks

Sorpotel – A Goan meat, liver, tongue, and blood curry that is made from pork and is very spicy. Eaten with sannas or pao bread

Patoleo or Patoli – A dish of turmeric leaves stuffed with rice, dal, jaggery, and coconut

Vindaloo – A spicy curry where the name is derived from the Portuguese term for a garlic and wine (vinho e alho) marinade. This is popular in the West, particularly the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Unrelated to aloo (potato)

Cashewnut laddus, Nevryo, Khaje, Revdyo, Peda, Puran Poli, Sakhar Bhat, Mangane, and Payasa are other well-known dishes. Also, there are several types of halwa like Dali Kapa (halwa made of red gram), Cashewnut Halwa, Mango Halwa, Banana Halwa, Dodol, Pumpkin Halwa, and others.