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Zoodles Recipe – Versatile and Healthy Low Carbs Alternative

3 Oct

zoodles-tikka-masala-chicken-curry-recipe-healthy-foods-vegetarian-veganEvery time I am on Pinterest I have seen appetizing pictures of Zoodles. It has been on my list for a while. Finally a couple of weeks back I made it for the first time. On my first try I cooked it too long and it became too watery. I kept reducing the time on the stove till I finally felt that I had got it. The best duration to cook the zoodles is adding it to an already heated pan or pot taking it off heat and mixing it gently till the heats transfers and makes them soft without letting out too much water. This is not a very good food for leftovers you got to make it fresh. For the next couple of weeks I used zoodles as substitute for pasta and rice. Enjoyed them with pasta sauce, chicken curry and kung pao chicken. It gives you the same sense of slurping regular pasta or noodles without the extra carbs.

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Serving Size: 2-4

Ingredients:

4 medium zucchini or courgette spiralized or julienned

2-3 smashed garlic cloves

1 tbsp of oil

Salt to taste

Directions:

Heat a pan add the smashed garlic saute for 15-30 seconds.

Take the pan off heat add the zucchini noodles or zoodles sprinkle salt and toss in gently for 1-2 minutes.

Top the zoodles with warmed pasta sauce, sautéed or curried chicken, vegetables or any creamy sauce of choice. Enjoy a healthy meal. Also enjoy it as a side vegetable dish.

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Nachne Polle – Gluten Free Sweet Red Millet Flour Pancakes Recipe

29 Jul

According to my mum Polle/Pole/Polo in konkani is a sweet or savory pancake made of flour. I really do not know much history about the Goan polle/polo nor could I find any information online. Hopefully on my next trip to Goa I can get more information on less popular Goan recipes that are disappearing. Another on my wish list is “Shollio/sholorio“. I hope I have spelt it right….if not please correct it in the comment section below…Thanks!

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The nachne(millet in konkani) pole are almost red-black in color if you use the goan coconut jaggery but if you use the pale brown then it had a reddish-pink color. I do make these pancake often now since my husband and I enjoy them for breakfast and evening tea and it is gluten-free and vegan 🙂  . These pancakes are not fluffy but if you like them to be fluffy you can add about 1/2 tsp of baking powder to the batter. Growing up as a child we had a variations of the pancakes made for evening tea and some more homemade snacks. We ate boiled sweet potatoes, coconut stuffed pancakes called allebelle,  nankhatais, patolios, boiled taro, gorchem, bolo de rulao, bolinhos de coco, xiro, docebaji, plum-cake, atoll.

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Serving Size: 12 pancakes

Ingredients:

2 cup red millet/ragi/nachne flour

1 cup grated fresh coconut

3/4  cup grated jaggery

1.5-2 cups water or coconut milk (pancake batter consistency)

1/2 tsp of baking powder (optional if you do not like dense pancakes)

2 pinches of salt

Directions:

Mix the batter together till the jaggery mixes well and dissolves.

Heat a nonstick pan and pour approx 1/4 cup of the batter and let cook about 4 minutes on each side on medium heat.

Enjoy a nice healthy tea snack.

You can make in advance and store it in the refrigerator or the freezer. Just warm them up in the microwave before eating.

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Recieta de Sopa de Camarao – Shrimp Soup Recipe

10 Jun

Sopa de camarao/ Shrimp or prawn soup is a light creamy soup with the bold flavors of shrimps/prawns. This is a soup of the portuguese past days in Goa. I guess in our household we ate a lot of vegetable soup with macaroni and bread soup made from previous day leftover bread. I think I must have made this recipe once’s or twice. If you visit Goa it would be a hard soup to find compared to the chinese soups that are popular in Goa.

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What I love about the soup other than it’s very seafood smell 🙂 is that it is a lighter soup compared to clam chowder. Adding diced potatoes and tomatoes is an option. I have added tomatoes  for some color. I do want to mention that I used red onions as I forgot my grocery bag with white onions at the grocery store till I was ready to cook and realized I left one whole bag of groceries at the store on my way out.

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Serving Size: 4-6

Ingredients:

20-25 small shrimps shelled and deveined

1/2 finely diced white onions

3 tbsp of butter

3 cloves of garlic diced finely

1 small tomato diced finely

3 tbsp of white flour

3 cups water

1 cup milk

1 vegetable bouillon

salt to flavor

Directions:

Wash the shrimps, apply a little salt keep aside.

Melt butter in a pot add the chopped onions and saute till soft.

Next add the tomatoes, garlic and saute for 1 minute.

To this add the flour and mix it for about a minute.

Gently add a little water to form a roux and take out all lumps.

Add the shrimps/ prawns and the remaining water stir gently and cook on medium heat till it comes to a boil.

Finally add 1 cup cold milk, season with bouillon and salt. Bring it to a boil again.

Serve hot with some oyster cracker, saltines or croutons. When we were kids we also dipped bread in the soup (psst…I still do it 🙂 )

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Arroz Con Pollo Recipe – Indian Spices Inspired

27 May

Arroz which means rice in portuguese is a staple in Goa but the confusing fact is that when a Goan says they made arroz it means they made pulao. I had arroz con pollo only a couple of times but each one had a variation and as a home cook I wanted to make a recipe based on my taste. I do know that the Peruvian version uses cilantro and not all south american countries have the same recipe. Though the argument is that it first originated in Spain. To an Indian it’s more like a biryani pulao recipe. I have found that my kids enjoy my food experiment. Every time I come with something new they get excited and willing be my taste testers, while my husband on the other hand is more cautious and has a refined tongue not everything is a hit 😉

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Goan’s make arroz de camarao (shrimp/prawns),  arroz de verdura(vegetables) or Clam Pulao (arroz de mexilhão). The basic ingredients for making Pulao/Arroz is turmeric, cloves, cinnamon, onions, tomatoes, chicken or vegetable bouillon, bay leaf is optional. My recipe of arroz con pollo had a strong flavor of ginger, garlic, mint and cilantro. You can also use the same spice recipe to make a very aromatic curry for chicken, fish or meats.

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Serving Size: 8-10

Ingredients:

2-3 lbs of chicken thighs/ drumsticks

3 cups basmati rice

4 cups water or stock

2-3 chicken bouillon (according to preference)

4 tbsp of lemon or lime juice

salt to taste

Grind into paste

1 medium onion

1 medium tomato

5-7 cloves of garlic

1″ ginger

1 bunch of cilantro

8-12 leaves of mint

Dry Whole Spices

3″ cinnamon stick

8 whole cardamom

8 whole cloves

2 bay leaves

2  whole star anise

Directions:

Wash the chicken, apply salt and lemon juice and keep aside. Grind the wet ingredients and apply to the chicken. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Next heat oil add whole spices and till the oil is aromatic about 2-3 minutes while watching carefully on medium heat. Next add the marinated meat and saute for a couple of minutes. Check for seasoning. Cover and cook on medium heat for 25 minutes. Check occasionally.

In most cases there should be a gravy about 1.5 to 2 cups approx. Now add the washed rice, water or stock and season the liquid with bouillon. Bring it to a boil, cover and cook on medium low heat for 15 minutes. Turn of heat and let stand for another 20 minutes.

Open the cover and fluff the rice with a fork.

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Variations:

You can use any meat of choice, shrimps or if you want to make a vegetarian version use soya nuggets

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Baked Doce de Grao – Gluten Free Coconut Blondie Recipe

29 Apr

I got the idea of testing this recipe after my success with my cheat version of coconut macaroons. Doce de grao (check recipe is a staple sweet made for weddings, Christmas, church feast and litany’s in Goa. This sweet requires a great labor of love. Depending on the quantity it can take an hour, two or more of constant stirring before it is ready to eat. Since it is laborious to make, I only put in the effort to make it during Christmas. Every time I go to Goa I would try to carry it back with me but since fresh grated coconut is used to make this sweet and having it packed would make the coconut go bad in a 27 hour flight. Always feeling disappointed, I truly was so excited to give this recipe a try and hoping it would work. I was so happy when my first batch came out just perfect. I can now make it often and it is gluten-free.

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If you are a Goan who has eaten doce de grao then this recipe makes for a softer version of the doce. Doce is a semi-soft dessert but you can also make it harder by adding more sugar. I love my mum’s version which was the semi-soft but it would go bad if not properly stored. Since I usually use less sugar in my deserts I only used 1/3 cup as the sweetened flakes of coconut would add more sweetness. The only alteration to the original recipe is the addition of eggs to bind the doce de grao batter/ coconut blondie(brownie). But it does not alter the taste in any ways. The flavor that is prominent is the chana and cardamom used.

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Serving Size: 9″ Brownie pan

Ingredients:

2 cans or 3 cups of cooked garbanzos beans/ Chana dal

1/3-1/2 cup of sugar

2 eggs

3/4 cup of sweetened flakes coconut

1/2 tsp of ground cardamom powder.

3 tbsp of oil/ghee

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Directions:

Heat oven to 350F

In a food processor add all the above ingredients and pulse a couple of times till all is well combined and smooth.

Pour into a well-greased / well lined brownie pan and bake for 25-30 minutes till a toothpick comes out clear.

Cool and enjoy with a nice cup of hot tea.

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Easy Coconut Macaroons Recipe

22 Apr

I always wanted to make coconut macaroons but never looked up the recipe since I thought it might not be easy. Until I had got some sweet shredded coconut for a dessert that I made to take over to a friend’s place. It was a milk custard with canned pineapple, whipped cream, almonds and some sweet grated coconut.  After that day I was left with almost a full bag of sweet shredded coconut. That is when I thought of giving coconut macaroons a try. When I checked the back of the package it asked for 4 whipped eggs white and I thought what will I do with the egg yolks and so I changed my recipe to use whole eggs.

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The recipe is so simple it can be whipped up in a jiffy and turns out chewy with a light crunch on the outside. It only needs 5 simple ingredients. Along with the eggs I used a bit of flour for binding and baking powder to make the macaroons light and airy. I also did not use any extra sugar since I do not enjoy overly sweet desserts.

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Serving Size: 16 macaroons

Ingredients:

1 pack or 5 cups of sweet shredded coconut

2 eggs

4 tbsp of all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp of baking powder

pinch of salt

Directions:

Heat oven to 325F

Mix in the flour and baking powder together well.

In a mixing bowl beat 2 eggs and salt.  Add the shredded coconut and slowly fold it into the egg mixture.

Next sprinkle the flour and fold it in careful till well mixed.

Shape them into coconut macaroons and line them on a cookie sheet tray covered with parchment paper. Spray oil on the paper so that the macaroons will not stick.

Bake for 25-30 minutes till the macaroons are done.

Let cool and enjoy and store in an airtight container for a couple of days.

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Variations:

Use chopped almonds and cranberry.

Unsweetened cocoa powder about 4 tbsp.

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Beef Croquettes Recipe – Shallow Fried and Baked

15 Apr

I should have done this recipe way back but knowing that it does take extra effort I kept pushing it off till this week. So here is my mother’s recipe. I also experimented by baking some of the croquettes which were equally firm and held their shape. Beef croquettes definitely has a Portuguese origin and is somewhat close to the Dutch and Japanese.

        Shallow-fried Beef Croquettes

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There are many variation in cooking the ground beef and how the croquettes are cooked. Some recipes  use Goan smoked sausages, recheado masala or the popular meat dry spices called Jeerem-Meerem for cooking the ground meat. Some use bread crumbs or cream of wheat/rava. And finally they are either shallow-fried or deep-fried. The reason I shallow-fried is my mom makes it that way. For extra flavor she adds more sautéed onions with a dash of sugar and fresh chopped cilantro/coriander to the ground meat mix, before she shapes them into cylindrical croquettes rolls. If you have leftover cooked beef like a roast you can use it.

Baked Beef Croquettes

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Beef croquettes are very popular in a catholic household in Goa as a snack or h’orderve for parties, weddings and celebrations along with Coriander chutney sandwiches, Forminhas and Beef patties, Rissois de camaraoclick on each to go to the respective recipes.

Popular Goan Party Snacks

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4 Step in making croquettes

Cook the ground meat.

Grind the cook meat and add extra sautéed onions, egg, fresh cilantro and 3 slices of bread and let refrigerate for 30 -60 minutes.

Roll them in cylindrical croquettes and coat them in cream of wheat.

Shallow or deep fry the croquettes.

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Serving Size: 16 croquettes

Ingredients:

1 lbs of ground lean meat ( 94% to 6%)

1 medium onion diced very finely

2 tbsp of recheado masala/goan jeerem-meerem (click for recipe)

1 tsp of vinegar

1 tsp of sugar

4 cloves minced garlic

1/2″ ginger minced

1 cup cream of wheat for coating/ finely ground bread crumbs

1 egg

3 sliced of bread crumbled

8-10 sprigs of finely chopped fresh cilantro/ coriander

oil for shallow frying

Salt to taste

Directions:

Cooking  the ground beef/ mince/ keema

Heat oil in a pan and saute half the amount of onions, ginger, garlic till soft and fragrant. Next add the recheado masala/ jeerem-meerem, vinegar and saute for 30-60 seconds.

Add the meat and mix very well, season with salt and half the amount of sugar. Cover and cook for 15 minutes on medium heat. Keep checking occasionally and stir as not to stick or burn.

Let cool completely or overnight.

Making the Croquettes

Saute the remaining onion till soft. Take off heat and add the remaining sugar, season with salt and fine chopped cilantro/ coriander. Let cool.

In a food processor/ meat grinder add the cooled meat, egg and crumbled bread slices and pulse a couple of times till all is mixed well.

Take out the mixture from the food processor and mix the cooled sautéed onion mixture. The texture and consistency have to be similar to a cookie dough to be able to shape the croquettes. Refrigerate it for 30 -60 minutes.

Divided the meat mixture into equal portions about 16 portions, roll them as ball and then press them down to form in cylindrical shape. Coat them in cream of wheat or finely ground bread crumbs and shallow fry on each side for about 5-7 minutes on medium heat.

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For baking:

Heat oven to 400F. Line a cookie sheet tray with parchment paper, spray oil, then line the croquettes and spray the croquettes on top with oil. Bake for 20-25 minutes turn the croquettes halfway through the baking process to be baked evenly.

Tip: Make the croquettes ahead of time and freeze it. You can reheat them in the oven for 15 minutes at 375F.

Trout Ambot-Tik

16 Oct

Ambot-Tik when translated from Konkani( Goa’s local language) to English means “Sour and Spicy“. Did that get your mouth-watering because when you make this fish curry the smell will literally water your mouth. It’s the tamarind, vinegar and spices combo that makes it happen.  This curry does not use coconut milk like the famous Goan Fish Curry. Goan make this curry using either Shark or Catfish. I used trout since it is a popular fish here in the US (Psst!…I am not a big fan of shark or catfish 😉 ).

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Ambot-tik is one of the curries which brings back some great summer time memories when we would get hungry and enjoy the leftover curry the next day with fresh-baked Goan Pao (bread).

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Serving Size: 4-6

Ingredients:

2 regular sized whole trout or 4 fillet shark/catfish

3-4 tbsp of ambot-tik paste (depending on your spice level)

1 medium onion diced

2 cups of water

1/8 tsp of sugar

oil

salt to taste

Directions:

If using the fish whole, clean the fish of scales with the back of your knife, wash of the scales. Then cut in 4 equal portions or leave whole. Apply a little salt and keep aside.

Next heat a pot with oil add the chopped onions and saute till light brown. Add the ambot-tik paste and saute for a 1-2 minutes till the raw spice smell goes.

Next add water and cover and bring the curry to a simmer.

Finally add the fish, season with salt and sugar and cook covered on medium heat till the fish is cooked well. I cooked it for 20 minutes.

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Enjoy the sour and spicy curry with white rice, torta or bolillo bread.

If you have leftovers then you can use the fish to make another famous Goan Fish Cake recipe called Almondages de Peixe check out the recipe here  

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Easy Oven Baked Barbecue Ribs

2 Oct

Making ribs can either be easy or intimidating and I was latter. All the baking, basting and pasting just seemed too confusing to me 🙂 till I saw a snippet of easy oven baked ribs on Disney Jr when my kids were watching TV. Everyone has a preference of the type of ribs they like. Some like it dry (Memphis Style Ribs), sauced, sweet, savory or spicy. My husband and me enjoy dry savory ribs and my sons like sauced sweet ribs.

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                                      Oven Baked Sauced Ribs

Making the dry rub was easy and me the impatient person that I am did not want to bake them at 225F but at 350F. My Goan infused dry spice rub made me very anxious and edgy till the ribs were done and I had my first taste. I added cloves, chile and cinnamon powder which are a common ingredients for most of Goan Meat cooking recipes.

Ribs Dry Rub Recipe

Serving Size: 8 -10 lbs of ribs

Ingredients:

1/4 cup cumin powder

1/4 cup onion powder

1/4 cup garlic powder

2 tbsp or 1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp of ancho or chipotle

2 tbsp of sea salt

1 tbsp of pepper powder

2 tbsp of chili powder or cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp of cloves (optional)

1 tbsp of cinnamon powder (optional)

Direction:

Mix all the powders together and store in an air-tight container.

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Researching online I figured 8 steps to follow for making my Easy Oven baked Ribs.

  1. Marinate ribs in liquid smoke overnight or at least 2 hours
  2. Dry with paper towel.
  3. Heat oven to 350F
  4. Apply the dry rub and massage on both sides.
  5. Wrap the ribs in layers of  heavy-duty aluminum foil.
  6. Bake for 2 hrs.
  7. Let it rest for 1 hour
  8. Apply sauce of choice and broil on high for 7 minutes(keep a close eye as it can get easily burnt unattended).

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Serving Size: 4-6

Ingredients:

4-5 lbs of spare or short ribs.

1/2 part of above dry rub

6 tbsp of Mesquite liquid smoke

8 cups of water

2 tbsp of sea salt

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Directions:

Wash and clean the ribs. Carefully take the sliverskin under the ribs (helps to season the back of the ribs better). In a large bowl soak the ribs overnight or at least 2hrs minimum with liquid smoke, salt and water.

Heat over to 350F

Dry the ribs with a paper towel, rub them with dry spice mix on both sides.

Place them in 3 to 4 heavy-duty aluminium foil wrapper and seal the ribs well.

Place then in the oven and baked for 2hrs till done.

Let the ribs rest for about 1 hour without opening the foil.

Baste it with barbecue sauce of choice( I used the Texas Style Spicy Smoky Mesquite Sauce) and broil it on high about 7-8 minutes so it does not burn.

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Enjoy with a nice side of Steamed Garlic Soy Green Beans.

Please share your recipes or tips on making ribs in the comment section. I would love to hear from you since I am still a novice at this 🙂

Salada Russa – Russian Salad Recipe

12 Jun

Russian Salad or Salada Russa(Portuguese) is not a truly Goan recipe. It came into the food scenes in mid 1980 to 2000’s. You would see it at all wedding buffets and Birthday parties. Since I haven’t made this recipe for ages I could not remember it too well. I did remember its subtle sweetness because of apples and pineapples added to the salad. As I was googling the recipes I found recipes with variations. I wanted to share the classic recipe.

russian-salad-recipe-indian-goan-creamy-mayonnaise-vegetarianA 411 call to my mum did not help either as she too could not remember as this recipe is loosing it’s popularity to newer one’s. I was fortunate to ask my good friend Maya P who took the time to send me whatsapp voice instructions. So I credit this recipe to her…..Thanks Maya!

The dressing for this salad is mayonnaise. Goan mayonnaise is made with vinegar, a tad bit of sugar and raw eggs. My mum always makes her mayo with cooked yolks. I would highly recommend making your own mayo then the store-bought since it is so easy and simple. I make mine in a glass/mason jar with a hand mixer.

Serving Size: 1 Cup approx

Ingredients:

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1 whole raw egg

1/2 cup oil

1/8 tsp of pepper powder

1 tsp of vinegar

1/4-1/2 tsp of sugar

salt to taste

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  Directions:

In a well dried mason jar add the egg, pepper, sugar, salt  and vinegar. Gently add the oil while you are using a hand blender. Blend the mixer for a minute or two till thicken.

Store in the refrigerator up to a week.

Goan Mayonnaise is used in a lot of recipes. Fish Mayonnaise that has a similar base of a Russian salad with the addition of steamed fish and cooked eggs.

Forminhas (canapé) are mini deep-fried dough shell stuffed with fish paste or a mixture of boiled potato, peas, carrots and mayo.

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Chicken Rolls is a hotdog bun stuffed with shredded poached or boiled chicken, leafy lettuce and mayo.

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You can enjoy Russian salad as a nice cooling side dish for your barbeques on hot summer days. This is a rich salad as it is made with oil and raw eggs, so you do not want to over indulge 🙂 .

Serving Size: 4

Ingredients:

1 boiled russet potato diced in small pieces

1 green bell pepper

1 apple diced with or without skin

1 cup of cooked peas

1 cup of cooked diced carrots

1/2 cup mayonnaise

salt to taste

Optional:

1/2 cup diced cooked chicken or shrimps/prawns

1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple

2 chopped boiled eggs

russian-salad-salada-russo-recipe-goan-indian-vegetarian-vinegar-mayoDirections:

In a clean bowl mix all the ingredients together and let refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

Serve chilled as a side, on a toasted crostini, bagel chips, puff pastry cups/shells or crackers.

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