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The cuisine of Goa is a delicious reflection of its history and heritage. It is influenced by its Hindu origins, four hundred years of Portuguese colonialism, and modern techniques. No other cuisine in India can claim such contrasting influences.Seafood, coconut milk, rice, and local spices are main ingredients of Goan cuisine. Being a state with a tropical climate, the spices and flavors are intense. Use of kokum is another distinct feature.

Goan food is considered incomplete without fish. Rice and fish-curry is the staple of most Goans. Taste it once and you will know why! Kingfish (Vison or Isvan) is the most common delicacy. Others include Pomfret, Shark, Tuna and Mackerel. Among the shellfish are Crabs, Prawns, Tiger Prawns, Lobster, Squid and Mussels.

The Portuguese have had a pronounced influence on Goan cuisine. They introduced Potatoes, Tomatoes, Pineapples, Guavas and Cashews. But the most significant contribution is the introduction of the spicy Peri-Peri Chilli, which is the most important part of Goan spices.

Goan cuisine includes a wide variety of preparations:

  • Fish curry called Humann and rice, also known as Kadi or Ambot

 

 

 

  • Fried fish(Surmai/Kingfish)
  • Mackrel (Bangda)

 

 

 

  • Fish Suke or Dhabdhabit – Dry spicy preparation of fish, eaten as a side dish

 

 

 

 

  • Fish Udid Methi or Uddamethi – Type of curry consisting of fenugreek and mackerel. A vegetarian version of this dish is also prepared using hog plums (or anything sour and tangy such as pieces of raw mango) and fenugreek

 

 

 

 

  • Kismur – A type of side dish normally consisting of dried fish (mostly mackerel or shrimp), onions and coconut

 

 

  • Dangar or fish cutlets

 

 

  • Kalputi – It is a dish prepared normally from the head of a large fish, onions and coconut

 

 

 

  • Khatkhate : Spiced Vegetable curry with lentils, coconut and kokum. … ‘Khatkhate’ is a spiced vegetable stew/ gravy with lentils, coconut and spices. … The combination of lentils with a coconut spice paste gives this dish depth but also is what makes it a filling meal in itself.

 

 

  • Tondak, made of beans and cashew nuts

 

  • Different varieties of pickles and Papads

Goan Fish Pickle

 

  •                                         Solachi Kadhi – A spicy coconut and kokum curry

 

 

  • Ambot tik – A sour curry dish prepared with either fish or meat.In Konkani, ‘ambot’ means spur and ‘tik’ means spicy. As the name suggests, the dish is slightly sour and pungent. It is a delicious gravy dish that is usually prepared from dried red chillies, peppercorns and tamarind. The fish used is normally shark or catfish and it tastes great with plain steamed or boiled rice.

 

 

  • Arroz doce – A Portuguese derivative of kheer (sweetened rice)

 

  • Balchão – A curry based on a traditional sauce from Macao, made from shrimp, aguardente, laurel, lemon and chilli



 

  • Canja de Galinha – A type of chicken broth served with rice and chicken, and is originally a Goan recipe

 

 

  •                                                      Chamuça – A Goan derivative of the samosa

 

 

  • Croquettes – Beef cutlets and beef potato chops that are common snacks

 

 

  • Feijoada – A stew brought by the Portuguese  

 

 

  • Roast beef and beef tongue – Popular entrees at Goan celebrations

 

 

 

  • Xacuti – Goan curry made with roastedgrated coconut with pieces of chicken or beef

 

 

  • Samarein Chi Kodi – Goan curry made with fresh and dried prawns

 

 

  • Patoleo or Patoli – A dish of turmeric leaves stuffed with rice, dal, jaggery, and coconut

 

 

  • Sanna – A dry rice cake, considered to be a Goan variant of idli




  • Vindaloo – A spicy curry where the name is derived from the Portuguese term for a garlic and wine (“vinho e alho”) marinade. This is popular in the West, particularly the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Unrelated to aloo (potato)
  • Bebik (Bebinca) – A pudding traditionally eaten at Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

Well-known sweet dishes.

                                                   Cashew nut laddus                                          Nevryo 

  •                                                                                            Khaje
  •                                                                           Puran Poli

  •                                                                                Sakhar Bhat
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  •                                                                                            ManganeGoan Cuisine

  • Pumpkin Halwa,
  •  Payasa
  • There are several types of halwa like Dali Kapa (halwa made of red gram),
  • Cashew nut Halwa,
  • Mango Halwa,
  • Banana Halwa,
  •                                                       Dodol,(Specially Prepared at Christmas) Goan Cuisine

Goan Feni

Goan Feni This is Goans local alcoholic drink with strong aroma. The word ‘feni’ derives from the word ‘fenn’, which means froth. A good feni, when poured in a glass produces a little froth, which is an indication of the superior quality of the product. There are two types of feni, one is made from coconut and the other is made from cashew. Coconut feni is less popular and is made from the ssap of coconut palms. Cashew feni is made from cashew apples, which are manually crushed and allowed to ferment. Traditionally, there are three grades of Goan brew. Urrac is the product of first distillation, Cazulo is the product of second and Feni is the product of third distillation.

 

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In the God’s Own Country With Friends

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Well, in August my friends and I decided to take a long break from work and the busy city for a span of Eight days. We were a group of 4 who were looking forward for a leisure, adventure and reviving vacation. We were looking for the right place during this season to fit the right budget and to enjoy food and experience something new together.

So, our choice was Kerala!!

Yup, we had an amazing time relaxing, travelling, grabbing healthy meals (most of the time) with a whole lot of adventure for a Duration of 08 days under a budget of 10,000/- only per person.

 

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The Train Journey

Day 1 & 2:

Well we decided to take a train to Ernakulam with a 3 tier a/c reservation from Mumbai via Garib Rath Express

Travel Duration: 26-28 hours

Cost: 1100/-

Food: best to pack snack and dinner for the train journey

 

 

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At The train station before Departing

The seats are small in length and breadth but overall fine. We arrived at Ernakulam and took a transfer to Fort Cochin via Ola Cabs

Accommodation: Tantra

Cost per day: 700/- (per Room)

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Facility: basic rooms with attached bathroom, amazing common sit-out on the roof with lots of art, music and travelers influenced place. Has a common well equipped kitchen and the owners are really helpful and an amazing company.

Day 3 & 4:

You can explore Fort Cochin, Ernakulam, Visit Lulu Mall, and Marine Drive. There are also plenty of Church, temples and museum in fort Cochin as it is a completely mixed culture zone where shopping for spices and visiting authentic cafes is something no-one should miss. You could enjoy another day to catch-up with Fort Cochin

 

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Lunch At Aavi – Ernakulam

Day 5:

We Booked a cab to Munnar for a 3 day trip to Munnar Hills. You’ll have to leave early in the morning and have breakfast on the way. But 1pm you should reach your destination and enjoy lunch. I and my friends had decide to have an adventures stay in Munnar where we booked the tent accommodation.

 

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Drive to Munnar

 

Cost: 2000/- (per day for two person a tent)

The cost  included 3 meals (veg/ non-veg), stay with basic facility of bathroom and a spectacular view of nature and the Western Ghats and also a lucky chance to spot wild elephants.

You could relax the day and enjoy tea and bhajis from the local town in the evening.

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Camp Site View

 

Day 6:

We opted for a trek day around the place which was tiring but a breath taking view after the climb. It will consume the whole day so don’t plan for anything but shopping for Tea, Chocolate, spices and etc.

Trek and Guide Charges 250 per head

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Mid-Trek Scene

 

Day 7:

Pack and Leave camp early to enjoy a day at the tea factory where you can see the process of tea making and plantation. Also you could visit a spice garden to enable you to understand more about Spice. This two tours will be done by afternoon and after lunch we could depart Ernakulam Station to catch a train back to Mumbai which we

reached the next day.

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Tea plantation

 

 

So here’s the conclusion:

Duration: 8 days

Cost: 10,000/- INR (Approx.)

Gang of Friends: 04 members

Cost Includes: Travel via train and car, accommodation and food. Well food cost may vary as per your choice. And also Trek guide charges.

Cost Excludes: Tea and Spice tour entry free (differs as per season) Liquor, Tips if any) and Cochin and Ernakulam cab Charges (varies as per distance and Ola/ Uber)

Well the extras were that, we did make a lot of memories and learnt a ton of new things.

 

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And anyone of you who is looking forward to take a trip with your friends and need some help and ideas you could drop me a mail on contact.hippies@gmail.com

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My first experience with Mumbai local train peak hours

New experiences can teach a lesson to the person facing it, with no doubt. Sharing that lesson with someone may save them from the same consequence.

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Every one faces a new phase in life. Recently I got an opportunity to explore a new instance in my life, I got an experience of travelling in a local train during peak hours(“You see I din’t have an option..office hours changed and I was forced..” *sighs*). I was shifted off to general shift in work, so I had to be in office by 9:00 am on a Monday morning. Initially I was  looking forward to the whole idea of having fun travelling in a rush train.

I stay very far off from my office, so I decided to leave at least by 7:45 am, so I woke up at 6:45 am(“You know right, makeup takes time..” *duh*). My train was at 8:15 and that would get me to the destination station(Thane) by 8:56 and then I would take my bus and reach somewhat by 9:20 I had thought. So I had this perfect plan in my head.

So my perfectly planned day started. I woke up at 6:45 am as I planned, I instantly started getting ready(“nah, I am kidding..lol..me the lazy one.. I sat and slept off again and woke up at 7:00 after my mom said her famous dialogue “If you want to go to office get ready! Else you sleep I won’t wake you up.”, but I said perfect day..haha..!”). Then I had my breakfast and left on time.

I got an auto in time, reached station by 7:55 am. I was expecting a large queue in the ticketing counter(“That was because I wasn’t smart enough to think people running at that time daily would clearly buy a monthly pass than stand in a queue and get late”). There were not too many people. I happily brought a double trip ticket and got to the platform.

Now in so many years of being in Mumbai, people always told me the least crowded line of trains is the harbour line. And since that was the most common thing I heard I trusted it. I expected peak hours would a little crowded than the normal time I used to travel at. And seeing my platform a little less crowded than at that time I assumed maybe what people told me may not be true at all.

Until 8:15 when the train started being visible at the far end, there were not many people around me(” competing”) to get in the train with me. So I was happy. But as soon as train began to come to a standstill, I suddenly noticed I was standing between a crowd(“I still have no idea how that happened”). Then the train stopped, there was a nice “who pushes whom the best game” and we all got into the train.

Now the train hardly had any space for me or anyone, we all crumbled in and fitted in. It was like I had to be there were I was, else people would get irritated with me(“Yeah for hitting them with my bag or my hand or such falling on them”). As stations approached I anticipated a dip in the amount of people getting in, but there was a rise instead. With every station, I froze bitterly. The best way to explain what amount of space issue we had is by comparing two instances. When in normal hours, people would be like “I will take your seat when you get up”, here in peak hours I heard a few women say, “When you leave the place you are standing, I will stand”.

Now in some way or other, by the time the second last stop approached, I got a seat(“Yaayie, window seat”). I was enjoying the view and my travel without realizing the disaster to come. I noticed people getting up 10 minutes before the station was to come(“Yeah I was thinking, these fools..!”). But then as the train was slowing down at the station I began to notice the crowd that was waiting there(“Oh crap..!).

I got up from my seat. Tried fitting into there queue to get down but what happened was they were not letting me get into the crowd. So I thought to myself I will get down at the end(“Big mistake..!”). I somehow got at the end. I saw the crowd that was waiting to get inside the train. They waited like a pack of wolf waiting to feast on an innocent sheep.

Since I was one of the last people to get down and even otherwise, while I tried getting out, the mob of women standing at both sides of the door just pushed me into the train. My bag got stuck in the crowd. It was the most horrible experience. The crowd had zero patience. It was something I had already seen(“The patience part”), but never this. Then finally I pushed my way through then. Luckily I had my bag with me too.

Then I looked up at the stairs to the walkway up. I had only seen a crowd on TV so huge in some big temples in the country, but I was in the middle of one such crowds. There again I dint have to walk, a fleet of 15-20 steps, people made sure they took me with them up(*sighs*).

Moral of the story: If you want to survive in trains like the people who daily use it do, just push people without any reason and stay ahead.

Oh and about my perfect plan.. I reached office at 10:30 am.

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