Goan Sea Food

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Goa is famous for its seafood, the ‘classic’ dish being fish curry and rice. With the variety and range on offer, however, combined with the skills of the local cooks, there is a mouthwatering choice. Kingfish is probably the most common item, on the menu, but there are many others including pomfret, doumer, shark, tuna and mackerel. Among the excellent shellfish available are crabs, prawns, tiger prawns and lobster. Other seafood includes squid and mussels.

For the sake of our little tastebuds, many beach shacks and restaurants present seafood lightly spiced, or without spices at all. In this case the food is generally either fried, grilled or cooked in garlic sauce. Traditional Goan cooking methods, however, generally involve seasoning the seafood in some way.

Among the most famous Goan dishes is ambot tik, a slightly sour curry dish which can be prepared with either fish or meat, but more usually fish. Caldeirada is a mildly flavored offering in which fish or prawns are cooked into a kind of stew with vegetables, and often flavored with wine. Racheiado is a delicious preparation in which a whole fish, usually a mackerel or pomfret, is slit down the center and stuffed with a spicy red sauce, after which it is cooked normally. Balchao is a method of cooking either fish or prawns in a dark red and tangy sauce. Because of the preservative qualities of the sauce, balchao can be cooked in advance and reheated upto four days after preparation. Rissois are snacks or starters, which are made from prawns, fried in pastry shells.

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  1. The much famed seafood delicacies of Goa like fish curry or prawn curry with coconut milk is a delightful recipe, a favorite with all sea food lovers. Most of the seafood restaurants at Goa serve the local delicacy that comprises fish curry and rice. The prawn curry can be either taken with rice or olive bread.Seafood in Goa is one of its biggest attractions and travelers adore Goan seafood delights as much as its virgin beaches and blue sea. Seafood Restaurants in Goa also serve reasonably priced meals making it affordable for all travelers. Seafood restaurants of Goa also offer a great ambience. Many of these restaurants also have a bar. Goa-Beaches offers you booking for these popular Goa Seafood restaurants that cater delicious cuisine.

    1. Adlai on October 21st, 2008 at 2:15 pm
  2. There is now a nice website to find Goa Restaurants.. http://www.needgrub.com – a restaurant guide with reviews, ratings, google map, and much more to do.. its a fun new website and Goa just go onboard. Check it out today!

    3. jay on September 8th, 2007 at 1:40 am
  3. oooooh! so, reminds of mum’s cooking back home. but alas! i’m far far away

    4. mark on April 16th, 2007 at 2:04 pm
  4. Balchao is fantastic – I learned it through some Indian food blogs and it is a regular on my table here in Australia. There are many spice shops here thanks to the many Indian people who have settled here, so obtaining all the necessary spices is no longer a problem.

    5. kitchen hand on January 15th, 2007 at 10:15 am
  5. Hello Goa Blog! Truly a wonderful place to holiday at, I loved it when I was there once.

    I added you. 🙂

    6. Harsh J on January 7th, 2007 at 8:44 pm

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