Famous for it's distinctive cuisine. Some examples of dishes are
the pork vindaloo, spicy sorpotel and the popular Goan fish curry
with rice. Goa's tasty coconut and fish based dishes draw in people
from all over the world.
Goan food is simple, but most of it is chili hot and spicy. Rice,
fish, and coconut are the basic items of a typical Goan dish. Delicacies
made from these 3 items can be expected in almost every Goan meal.
Crazy about seafood, the Goans find fantastic prawns, lobsters,
crabs and pomfrets along the coastline and use them to make a variety
of soups, salads, pickles, curries, and fries. Another essential
ingredient in Goan cooking is coconut milk made by grating the white
flesh of a coconut and soaking it in a cup of warm water.
Goa is not particularly known for its vegetarian dishes. While
Hindus like lamb and chicken, Christians prefer pork. However, both
prefer fish and seafood to any other meat.
For those with a sweet tooth, Goan cuisine offers the famous bebinca.
The extract of coconut milk is added to flour, sugar, and other
appetizing ingredients are used to make this delicacy. Other sweets
are jaggery flavored fudge called dodol made from palmsap jaggery,
rice flour and coconut; the crispy delicate rose-a-coque that are
flower-like waffles and can be eaten alone or drenched with cream
or honey; the curled and sugared kulkuls spiraled around the tines
of forks and deep-fried as Christmas goodies and Easter eggs known
as ovos da pascoa.
To wash down the food they drink the locally brewed feni. In the
beginning they probably distilled it from the fermented sap of the
coconut flowerstalk, but later they made it from the fruit of the
cashew tree which was brought over by the Portugues. Though other
forms of liquor are available across the state, the Goans are very
emotional about their feni.