Goa is a coastal state found on the southwestern part of India and features a scenic coastline that is sprawling along the Arabian Sea. The state is blessed with beautiful tropical plantations and a romantic atmosphere. From Dudhsagar Falls to Aguada Fort, romantic fishing villages such as Agonda, and pristine sand beaches, it is easy to understand why tourists have fallen so deeply in love with this state. What makes it even more attractive is the wide range of mouthwatering delicacies you’ll find on the streets. Read on to know more about the best street food you must try in Goa, India.
1. Ros omelette
All over the world, different cultures have developed various ways of preparing egg delicacies, and one that has been very famous is the omelette. In Goa, the locals have their own specialty that will make your mouth water at first glance—Ros omelette. This is a very popular snack not only with the locals but also with tourists, in many streets. This meal is comprised of an omelette that has been coated with a tasty gravy made of mutton or chicken and chickpeas—sometimes coconut milk is also used. It is a meal that is mostly consumed for breakfast by the local community.
2. Pork vindaloo
Do you love spicy and hot meals? Then you should definitely check out this finger-licking Indian delicacy that is very popular in the state of Goa, the neighboring Konkan, and Kerala, among other places: pork vindaloo, also known as vindalho. This fiery, spicy meal is prepared using locally sourced ingredients from grocery stores and markets. Its main recipe contains ginger, sugar, vinegar, tomato, garlic, spice, and of course, pork meat. When you’re walking in the streets of Goa, either window shopping or sightseeing, you may hop into one of the local restaurants and try this dish. Your tastebuds will be tingling all the way home.
3. Cutlet bread
Are you planning for a special occasion, like your kid’s birthday or a family picnic, and don’t have any idea what to treat people with? Well, it’s a good thing that you’re enjoying your vacation in Goa, because this option is locally available in the streets—bread cutlet. This is a very tasty Indian bread that is loved by children very much and would be fantastic as a party snack or for a family picnic. Some of the main ingredients in this bread include bread crumbs, potatoes, green peas, green chili, and garam masala powder. Indeed this would be a nice surprise for your kids.
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4. Choris (Goan sausages)
Are you someone who starts to salivate upon seeing cooking meat? Well, before your vacation in Goa is over, you must try Goan sausages—popularly referred by the locals as choris or chourico. This delicacy is one of the most loved dishes in the area, and it can be prepared in different ways—such as with chili fry, choris pao, and choris pulao. The major ingredients when cooking this tasty street food include tomatoes, green chili, potatoes, and pork. You may include other spices according to your preference. If you don’t have the time to prepare choris at home, you can easily get it at local eateries.
5. Beef croquettes
If you’ve stayed in Goa for some time, then you might have noticed that the locals have a habit of gathering at local teashops around midday for a bite. The reason is because of beef croquettes—a savory snack that is so addictive. These treats have a crispy surface, are tender in the inside, and are so delicious that one bite will leave your taste glands confused. It’s an easy recipe that you can prepare at home. The ingredients include lean ground beef, garam masala, semolina, eggs, and vinegar, all of which are sold in local grocery shops. These snacks are perfect as party appetizers.
6. Vada pav
Goa is a place that has a beautiful culture of populating its corners with food joints so as to ensure that locals and tourists don’t walk the streets on hungry stomachs. If you’re a vegetarian, you might be worried that almost every snack you come across has some meat in it. Don’t worry because there is a special snack for you as well—vada pav. It is a vegetarian delicacy, more like a vegetarian burger, that will make your mouth water at first glance. The main ingredients used to prepare this wonderful dish include chili pepper, garlic, ginger, and deep-fried mashed potato patties.
7. Jumbo frankie with eggs and mayo
If you’re planning to take your family out for a picnic and are not sure what snack to pack for the trip, just head to one of the food joints in the streets and order a jumbo frankie with eggs and mayo for everyone. You must try out this finger-licking snack that will leave your tastebuds tingling with excitement. It is an egg roll stuffed with different fillings. The ingredients for this lip-smacking dish are wheat flour, eggs, stuffing, garam masala, bell peppers, and mayonnaise. For a wonderful dining experience, you may buy your favorite drinks to go with your jumbo frankie egg roll.
8. Misal pav
Whether you’re planning to take your family out for lunch or dinner around Goa, there are many colorful dishes you can choose from, but one exciting option that stands out from the rest is misal pav. This is a special Indian food that is very popular with the locals and comprises of misal and pav. If you wish to prepare the meal at home, the ingredients to buy are sprouts, mutter, chickpeas, and chili powder gravy. The aroma coming from the kitchen will have everyone running to the dining table. To enjoy this delicacy even better, it is spiced with sev, onions, lemons, and coriander.
9. Gadbad ice cream
Is the weather around Goa hot and sunny, and you are looking for something cool and yummy to quench your thirst? Get inside one of the local ice cream shops and ask for Gadbad ice cream. This is a very colorful ice cream that comes with different delicious flavors. It is the most loved ice cream in the area not only by kids but also by grownups too. This beautifully layered dessert is prepared with tutti, mango, rose, vanilla, or strawberry ice cream and topped with cherries. You can also choose other flavors such as banana and matcha green tea.
For someone who has spent some time in Goa, you must have come across the name shawarma. This is a colorful, mouthwatering dish that is popular in Middle Eastern places. It may also be known as chawarma, shaurma, or showarma by different cultures who prepare this dish locally. The ingredients used to craft this meal include pita bread, chicken thigh fillets, smoked paprika, lettuce, and olive oil. Thin slices of meat are stacked in a cone-like configuration, then slowly roasted on either a spit or rotisserie. If you don’t like chicken, you may try mutton, beef, turkey, or veal, whichever suits you better.
Also referred to as samoosa, samosa is a savory triangular snack that is loved by not only the Indian people but also other cultures in the world. The main mode of cooking this treat is frying or sometimes baking. If you’re a vegetarian, you can use fillings like spiced potatoes, peas, or lentils; otherwise, most people use meat. The main ingredients needed to prepare this snack are meat, wheat flour, potatoes, onions, spices, condensed milk, peas, and chili pepper. Depending on where the samosa is being prepared, it can also take the shape of a half-moon or a cone.
Explore the exciting Indian culinary culture
Apart from the beautiful beaches and romantic atmosphere that make Goa such a paradise, the place is also known for its exciting culinary culture. There are so many dining options in the area that will definitely make you fall in love with the state.
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