Goan cuisine consists of regional foods popular in Goa, an Indian state located along India’s west coast on the shore of the Arabian Sea. Rice, seafood, coconut, vegetables, meat, pork, and local spices are some of the main ingredients in Goan cuisine. The area is located in a tropical climate, which means that spices and flavors are intense. The use of kokum is another distinct feature. Goan food is considered incomplete without fish.
The cuisine of Goa originated from its Hindu roots and was influenced by the 451 years of Portuguese colonialization and the century of Muslim rule that preceded the Portuguese.
The Staple Food of Goa
Tourist restaurants across the beaches of Goa serve plates of seafood dishes with fried potato slices and fresh salad. The restaurants apart, the Goan villagers feed on red rice, a locally cultivated food grain. Besides red rice, Sanna is a sort of staple food for the natives of Goa. It is a white dough made from rice flour and coconut milk. Sanna is eaten with meats.
Traditional Goan Beverage:
Feni is the most popular local beverage in Goa. It is available in two different varieties. One is coconut oil or palm feni, locally known as Toddy. The other one is cashew or Kaju feni which is abundantly available during the cashew season in March and April. Cashew is a mostly cultivated seasonal crop in Goa. Feni is prepared through fermentation. This regional drink of Goa has an alcoholic limit of 30 – 35%. Feni goes higher on the taste ‘o’ meter when mixed with soft drinks like Coke or Pepsi or Limca.
Restaurants in goa:
1] Calamari, Candolim
This casual beachfront restaurant is in a prime position along the golden sands of Candolim Beach in North Goa. Serving up everything from garlic butter prawns and fish tikka, to cafrael crab, pan-fried lemon fish, and traditional Goan fish curry plus plenty of other meat, pasta, and pizza options.
2] Zeebop by the Sea, Utorda
Utorda Beach is a lovely long expanse of sand backed by plush coconut palms and a small smattering of beach shacks, Zeebop by the Sea being one of them. It’s right next to the Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa. Specialising in seafood, like fish or prawn caldeirada, stuffed papads with prawns, onions, chillies and garlic and then fried
3] Fish Ka
Fish ka is run by a Russian-Indian combination of owners and has a variety of choices for those who prefer their seafood on the less spicy side. It’s a great place which is often filled by the younger crowd and some families. Calamari, masala, garlic, golden fry, and crispy fry, it tastes heavenly every way. Fish Ka outdoes others in desserts, with possibly the best brownies in town.