What Goans live for.
Goa‘s poet laureate, the late Bakibab Borkar said it best1:
Please Sir, God of Death
Don’t make it my turn today,
There’s fish curry for dinner.
( Great Goans by Mario Cabral e Sa and Lourdes Bravo Da Costa, N.N.A.P. Publications, 1991.)
The Goan term for fish curry is hooman. Subtle differences in this coconut-based preparation obtain as one traverses the state. The central plot remains the same, it is the retelling of the story that offers opportunity for creative spin. In addition to variety over regions, differences in expression prevail across lines of caste and religion. (Note that the same is true of language.) The Goan Catholics have their own method as do the Hindus, and even within these groups, the individual castes put their own individual stamp.
The items featured here are served at a small family-owned eatery named Sharda in Bambolim. The food is cooked at home by the lady of the house, Chandravati Gauns, in the style characteristic to her community, the Gaude/Gavde (among Goa‘s earliest settlers), using vegetables and herbs farmed locally.
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I am staying for a week in Goa, the land of my ancestors, on my visit to India this time. I am using your photos as my guide to choose places to visit and enjoy traditional Goan food.
Ever since I saw this picture I am dreaming of the thali that Chandravati Gauns will prepare for me, when we are there.
Oh! It is irresistable. The high point of Hindu ‘Hooman’ is the Theppal (=Thirpal) – the flavoring berries.
Kapadi’s fish joint in Bicholim had a cult following back in ’80s. Is it still surviving the tourists onslaught?
The poet laureate definitely had his priorities right.
Fried prawns with semolina!!!
The perfect beer food.
Makes my mouth water……
Looking forward to pictures of shark Ambot Tik.