03 Jun 2021
Top 7 Dishes to try in Goa
Posted by: Aniket Agarwal

Top 7 Dishes to try in Goa

Goa is a beautiful tourist place that never fails to stun its visitors. This small town is tucked away on the west coast of India along the seashore of the Arabian Sea. One of the amazing things about the place is its wide range of spices that turn any dish into the most lovable dish. In fact, this is the main reason why tons of people get attracted to the place. 

The history behind such diversity in cuisine is that over 500 years ago, some Portuguese sailed to this area and converted it into the motherland of varieties of spices. Thus, in Goa, you can literally get delicious spicy dishes with an Indian touch to them along with Mellow European influencers. 

Not many are aware that Goa is a world-famous tourist destination not just because of the location but also for the delicious seafood cuisines. So, you can get several varieties of items of Prawns, lobsters, mussels, ladyfish, oysters, clams, and crabs, which you will not get enough of. Truly, the versatility in the Goa dishes is what makes the place more interesting and flavorful. 

Are you planning to travel to Goa? If you are, then there are some cuisines in Goa that you should not miss out on. For example, the specialty of Goa like Pork Vindaloo, Coconut Prawn Curry, Sorpotel, etc. There are many others that are discussed in detail below.

 Top 7 dishes to try out in Goa 

  1. Coconut Prawn Curry

This is a special, highly satisfying dish and is extremely mouthwatering. As per the name sounds, this dish is just like that. It includes freshly steamed prawns and coconut water which is added to the dish at last. The color of this dish is really attractive, and it has a creamy texture. Moreover, it is served in a beautiful bowl, "Kadai," and beautifully garnished with some fresh coriander leaves. This is a really flavorful and colorful dish which you must try.  


  1. Pork Vindaloo

Vindaloo curry is a common and most famous form of dish found in Goa. The name Vindaloo is derived from a Portuguese dish name 'Carne de Vinho e albos’, commonly known as Vinegar and Garlic. This dish requires any meat tossed with wine and garlic and eventually topped with some spices. The spices of this dish are prepared by mixing the chilies, garlic, vinegar with other herbs. This mixture has to be stored overnight, and then only it will release its aroma and essence. 


  1. Chicken Cafreal

Chicken Cafreal is also another favorite Goan dish. This is quite famous as those who have a seafood allergy prefer this. The color of this dish is greenish, and another specialty of this dish includes an immense amount of flavors and species, making it a mouthwatering dish. In addition, there are whole spices, along with herbs and green chilies. The chicken of this dish is dipped in pre-made spices and is simply fried. This goes very well with salads and drinks. 


  1. Xacuti Chicken

This dish is another Portuguese-influenced dish that is also very famous on the beaches of Goa. The dish contains some special herbs that include Poppy seeds and Kashmiri red chilies. It is a plain curry dish, and the curry includes potatoes, onions, coconuts, chilies containing other varieties of spices. The Kashmir red chilies are added to this dish to add color and spicy flavor in this dish. Most of the tourists find this a very attractive dish and thus it is quite a popular dish in Goa. 


  1. Sorpotel

This is a famous traditional Goan food, and the term soro is derived from a 'Konkani' word which means liquor or alcohol. Sorpotel is also commonly known as Sarapatel, is the most demanded food of Goa. Several ingredients are used to make this delicious, mouthwatering dish. Moreover, the main ingredients are pork, beef, and meat liver. The fat of the meat is fried, and the meat is pre-boiled. This dish further includes Onions, garlic, and several other spices, which is gradually added to the main ingredients. You can consume this anytime, but normally a person prefers this as a breakfast platter. 


  1. Shark Ambot Tik

Ambot means sour and spicy. This dish is exactly the same as its name suggests. It is a sour and spicy dish and one of the most flavored dishes available in Goa. Shark Ambot Tik is a Portuguese-influenced dish and is also quite famous in the whole Goa. This dish is mainly created with the help of shark fish which is the main ingredient of this dish. The flavors of this dish are so vibrant, along with the rich aroma. Thus, the platter not only looks divine but smells divine too. Plus, the shark fish is well cooked with onions and tomatoes. 


  1. Bebinca

In the previous dishes, you have seen all heavy, spicy famous platters. But here, we have covered a famous Goan dessert commonly known as Bebinca. This dessert is loved by almost everyone and is the highly demanded desert of Goa. Well, dessert is something that everyone gets attracted to, and this platter is capable of blowing anyone's mind. This is a multilayered cake made from coconut milk, sugar, eggs, and flour. Also, it has a very beautiful coconut flavor. This cake needs a lot of hard work as the baking of the cake is done layer by layer before lining. Moreover, the middle layers are caramelized sugar layers that add a hell of many kicks to the dish. 



You already know that Goa is a beautiful place with amazing views including various adventure sports. Also, this is an attractive tourist spot. So it is natural, several tourists will visit the place every year. But now you know that the food quality is also enough to attract tourists towards this destination. There are several things that you can try, and the price is super affordable. So, if you plan to visit this beautiful place, you can think of trying the above-mentioned dishes and enjoy the trip without the fear of missing out on the specialties.