Goan food appeals to International palate

5 Sep

Goan food will appeal to the International palate with a little bit of extra spice and zing from the coconut vinegar. My finds are a few since my exposure to International cuisine is limited for now, but I was amazed by the similarities between the food and names as well.

1. A typical Thanksgiving stuffing is very similar to a snack dish called “Asorda” made from leftover bread and beef or just plain.

2. “Beef Croquettes” a very popular appetizer for parties and weddings derived from the French croquer, “to crunch” gained worldwide popularity, both as a delicacy and as a fast food.

3. “Pastelao” similar to the chicken pot pie in the US is made of beef stew with a crust.

4. “Empanadas” has variations, but is a name popular in Southern Europe, Latin America, and parts of Southeast Asia. Empanadas are made by folding dough or bread around stuffing, which usually consists of a variety of meat, cheese, huitlacoche, vegetables or fruits, among others

5. “Feijoada” popular in Brazil it almost always has black beans and always has a mixture of salted, smoked and fresh meats.The Goan version is made with Red kidney beans and spicy Goan Sausage or pork meat.


Feijoada made with Red Kidney Beans and Goan Pork Sausage

6. “Congee” popular in China and other Asian countries is a thick porridge or soup of rice which has usually disintegrated after prolonged cooking in water. It is served with side of fish or meats or pickles.

7. “Bacalhau” common in Portugal, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico this dish is prepared with salted and dried cod, potatoes, onions, tomatoes and olives.

8. “Potato Chops” made in Goa from ground beef stuffed inside potato cakes and coated with cream of wheat or semolina and then shallow fried. Is similar to the Papas Rellenas (Spanish: stuffed potatoes) is a traditional dish in Peruvian cuisine.

9. “Dodol Christmas Sweet” which is made of a mixture of wheat and Rice flour along with coconut milk and coconut jaggery is similar to Sri lankans Kalu Dodol is a sweet dish,that is dark and sticky which consists mainly of kithul jaggery (from the sap of the toddy palm), rice flour and coconut milk.

10. Thanks to our Facebook fan Rohit , how could I ever forgot the most popular “Goan Sausages( Chorico)” . A bold flavor sausage the taste you will never forget. Typically made of pork meat but now you can find it in beef.

These are a few of my finds. If you know of any let it be the 11th .

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12 Responses to “Goan food appeals to International palate”

  1. Loretta June 14, 2014 at 5:42 am #

    Ahhh, a fellow Goan :). I don’t think I’ve come across your blog before? Would love to bookmark and read this at my leisure. In the meantime, great to meet you. I’ve started blogging just about 2-3 months ago and am thoroughly enjoying the experience.

    • Nandini June 14, 2014 at 8:15 am #

      Wow that is awesome Loretta. I too haven’t met many fellow Goan bloggers before. It surely is such a great pleasure :-). Wishing you all the very best with your blog and looking forward to your posts.

      • Loretta June 14, 2014 at 10:48 am #

        Do you make the masalas that you sell? I love chicken cafarel and just going through the last bit of shakuti masala that my Mum got me from Goa. So perhaps I shall stock my cabinets when I’ve run out. Would love to try the reshad and prawns too. Do you live in the USA? I left India (Mumbai) when I was 3 years old and have lived in a few countries since. My blog’s name is

        • Nandini June 14, 2014 at 11:42 am #

          Loretta, I import the masala’s from Goa here to the US. It’s hard to have the same flavor and smell without the coconut vinegar. I live in Los Angeles. Yes, I did see that in your bio. Must have been quite nice and a great experience to have traveled so much :-).

          • Loretta June 14, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

            Nandini, I hope to be ordering some of the masalas in the next week. There is a package of 4 I think that you can buy, but they say it is not available?

            • Nandini June 14, 2014 at 10:08 pm #

              That’s very kind of you Loretta :-). I ran out of xacuti masala. It just got shipped out today from Goa, hopefully I should receive it in a week. You can send me an email at and I can inform you as soon as my stock is available.

  2. Journey In Food September 28, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    Fascinating blog, had never heard of Goan before and looking forward to reading more from your blog. Thank you for sharing your culture.

    • Nandini September 28, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

      Thank you so much for your kind words and I am happy you found something new 🙂

  3. renxkyoko October 25, 2014 at 7:04 pm #

    In the Philippines, Bacalao is very popular, and so is the empanada. I know how to make empanada, but it would be great to have a recipe for Goan version.

    • Nandini October 26, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

      I do have it on my to do list, hopefully sometimes soon 🙂

  4. newsandviewsjb February 7, 2017 at 2:37 am #

    Hi Nandini,
    Thank you for your like of my “Historic Win For Tom Brady & Patriots…” post. It was a nail biter of a game for we Pats fans but what a great finish!


    • Nandini February 10, 2017 at 4:34 pm #

      It sure was Jackie specially since I watched the first half and they were not at all doing good.

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