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5 Goan dishes to enjoy your beer with

Goan food is considered incomplete without any kind of fish. Just like that, a beer party is incomplete without these 5 Goan dishes you must try. They have spices and flavors that are quite intense but flavorful. In case you decide to cook some of these Goan dishes on your own, then follow the links added in the descriptions below.

Grab a beer or two and enjoy your meal while you’re at it.


Prawns chilli fry

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Picture Credit: Alves Fernandes

Prawn Chilli Fry is a recipe passed on to generations. It can be eaten with fresh hot chapattis or rice. This is not the usual Chinese recipe but is made in Goan style.  It’s a quick and easy side dish to prepare for lunch or dinner. If its too tasty, kids sneak into the kitchen to take a piece or two each time they pass by. The ingredients used are simple, easily available which gives an amazing flavour to it. Click here for the recipe!

Chicken Cafreal

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Florentine Bar and Restaurant- Saligao Goa

Try out freshly made Chicken Cafreal from the famous restaurant in Saligao, Florentine. It’s known for it’s priceless cafreal recipe accompanied with fried rice and some beer. If you’d like to make the cafreal yourself click here to check out a recipe which will surely help you make some great chicken cafreal. Do let us know how it worked out for you!

Goan Fish Curry Rice

Sharda Restaurant in Bambolim- Picture by Rajan Parrikar

The Goan fish curry rice or ‘xitt codi’ in Konkani, is one of the Goan dishes we don’t mind eating every day. It’s cooked daily in Goan houses with regular baby mackerel or ‘Bangule’. Mackerel or ‘Bangde’ is available in local markets or even with fishermen who come house to house selling fresh fish on their bikes. Goans living abroad yearn to relish this delicious and filling meal. For those who want to learn how to make the Goan fish curry click here.

Chicken Xacuti

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The secret to this rich gravy is a homemade masala paste made with toasted coconut. Chicken Xacuti is not the same as chicken curry. Many confuse the two, which are very different from each other. The Goan Chicken Xacuti is prepared specially on Sundays, feasts or even parties celebrated at home. It tastes best with ‘pulao’ and home-made goan pickle. Most love having this heavenly gravy in their favourite ‘Ros Omelette’ with ‘poi’ the famous goan bread.

Pork Vindaloo

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Picture credit: SBS

Pork Vindaloo is a traditional Goan dish flavored with chilies, garlic and vinegar. It’s supposed to be spicy and tangy also giving you an appetizing aroma. Best enjoyed with freshly-baked goan bread.


These Goan dishes will surely make you crave for more each time you indulge in it. But if any of you have your own Goan recipes, do share it with us and we could feature it on ItsGoa. Comment below to get in touch or send in a message to contact us!
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