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Goan cuisine, like the land itself, has many flavors and tastes with its vast treasure trove of culinary delicacies. Here are some recipes of famous and easy-to-make dishes that’ll help you recreate the flavors of Goa in your own kitchen.

Prawn Balchao


1 kg small- to medium-sized prawns, cleaned and deveined
4 tbsp vegetable/canola/sunflower oil
2 large onions, finely chopped
3 large tomatoes, finely chopped
2 tbsp garlic paste
1 tbsp ginger paste
10-12 dry red chilies
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 inch stick of cinnamon
8-10 cloves
2 tbsp sugar
½ cup vinegar
Salt to taste


Put the prawns in a large bowl and sprinkle some salt over them. Keep aside.
Roast the dry red chilies, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, cloves, and cinnamon till they begin to release their aroma. Take off from the fire and set aside to cool.
Grind the ginger, garlic, and roasted spices into a smooth paste using the vinegar.
Heat the oil on a medium flame in a wok-style pan.

Add the prawns and stir fry till opaque. Remove from the pan and keep aside.
In the same pan, fry the onions till light brown. Add the tomato and fry till soft.

Now add the spice-vinegar paste, sugar, and salt to taste and fry till the oil begins to separate from the masala.

Add the prawns to this masala and mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Serve with piping hot, plain boiled rice.



Ό cup refined flour
10 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
Ό cup coconut milk
1 tsp nutmeg powder
Ό cup butter

Mix the coconut milk, flour, sugar, nutmeg and the egg yolks and make a batter.
Grease an oven-proof dish with a spoonful of melted butter, pour 5 tbsp of batter into the dish, and spread evenly. Bake till golden brown. Spread another spoonful of butter and pour another 5 tbsp of batter over it and spread evenly. Bake and repeat this until all the batter is used up. Turn out the Bebinca onto a wire rack. Cool and cut into slices before serving.

• 1 kg. Mutton
• 1 tsp. Cumin seed
• 1 coconut
• 2 tbsp Coriander powder
• 1 tbsp pepper powder
• 1 dagarphool
• ½ nutmeg
• 5 cloves
• 1-inch piece ginger
• A little tamarind
• 10 red chillies
• Little turmeric
• 6 cloves garlic
• 3 onions (sliced)
• Salt to taste

Cut the Mutton into convenient pieces. Extract juice from half coconut and keep aside. Grate the other half of the coconut. Fry the grated coconut, cumin seed and coriander and set aside. Fry one onion and mix with the fried masala Grind the rest of the spices with the fried masala. Fry the remaining 2 sliced onions in ghee until brown and add the meat and continue frying till brown. Add a cup of water and cook till the water dries. Now add ground masala with a little water and cook further for 10 minutes. Add the coconut juice, a cup of water, tamarind juice and salt to taste and simmer till gravy thickens.


• 4-5 crabs (500 gms)
• 10 gms Kashmiri red chillies
• 10 gms coriander
• Few flakes of garlic
• a pinch of cumin seeds
• 250 gms onions
• 115 gms tomatoes
• 30 ml oil
• Little turmeric
• ½” ginger
• A small ball tamarind
• ½ “cinnamon
• 100 gms coconut
• Salt to taste

Wash crabs and cut each into 4 pieces or as desired. Grind spices with coconut to a fine paste. Heat oil and fry the ground masala and crab pieces. Add chopped tomatoes and salt and cook on slow fire. When crab is cooked , add tamarind water and cook for 15-20 minutes


• 1 kg Mutton
• 7 cloves
• 1 large piece cinnamon
• 3 onions (sliced)
• 5 green chillis (sliced)
• 1” ginger (sliced)
• 1 tbsp vinegar
• ½ kg potatoes
• 8 red chillies
• 1 tsp cumin seeds
• 1 tsp mustard
• 1 tsp coriander
• 1 tsp turmeric
• 10 peppercorns

Cut the mutton and wash. Place the mutton in a vessel with all the ground masala and the cloves and cinnamon. Add salt and vinegar and cook adding just sufficient water to allow the meat to cook. When the meat is almost ready add the sliced ginger, chillies, onions and garlic.

Goan fish curry

• 1 kg promfret or any other fish
Grind to paste
• 1 grated coconut
• 1-heaped tsp cumin
•4 dry red chillies
•½ tsp turmeric powder

Crush together
• 3-4 chillies
• 1 larger chopped onion
• Ύ tamarind water (made with lime-sized ½ inch piece ginger ball of tamarind )
• Salt to taste

Mix the masala paste and the crushed masala together in a pan and cook, adding water whenever necessary, For about 20 minutes. Then add the cleaned and cut fish to which salt has been added and stimmer till fish is cooked.

In the case of prawns use 1 kg or ½ kg cleaned and shelled prawns.

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