Monday, March 17, 2014

Goa's Pastry Heaven ~ Lisa's Cakes and P√Ętisserie

During our many visits to Goa we struck culinary Gold – a place that serves the most delicious cakes and pastries that will leave you gasping for more. I say this with all my heart that there is no place we have come across that compares to "Lisa's Cakes and Patisseries."

I understand the intensity of the above statement and let me tell you why. But first a little bit of history, Lisa's pastry outlet started in 2008 by Perpetua and Luc. Luc is a French guy who married a local woman, Perpetua, and the shop is named after their daughter Lisa.

Each bite of the lemon pie, sets an explosion of flavours into your mouth, the baath cake virtually melts with each bite as the coconut flavour tickles each taste bud. You will realise once you taste it, that each delicacy is prepared with lot of love and joy. Because you can taste the goodness in each bite you take. Its not a regular pastry shop, but a magical treat for the taste buds.

Located in Mandrem, just beyond the market area, the workings of Lisa's outlet is different as compared to any other. Here's why - they stock up their materials required for a season, work begins as early as 5 am every day. The cakes and pastries are prepared by Luc, while Perpetua makes the cookies and they are ready to open by 10 am. On most days, everything is sold out by 1 pm - 2 pm, sometimes it may take a little longer but nothing lasts for the next day.

Lisa patisserie remains close during off-season, we requested for a cake to be made off season and the request was politely declined. "Susegad" (being content) with the rewards of tourist season and making the time for family offseason is what this outlet does. The beauty of this combined with the sweet price, they actually are real value for money, which makes me drive 20 kms just to reach pastry heaven.

My family with Perpetua :)

Our treat box, what we took back from the shop, all this plus a vanilla eclair which is not in the picture costed us Rs 450

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Prawn Chilly Fry or Prawn Masala

At home we make two prawn chilly fries, one is used as a stuffing in a prawn panroll and the other is a spicy Goan Chilli Fry that you see in restaurants and as an appetizer with a Recheado masala flavour. Since fish season is in full swing, go ahead and enjoy this :)

Prawn Chilly Fry Ingredients:

1 Cup Prawns
1/2 Inch Ginger
2 Onions
2 Tomatoes, Preferably without skin
2 Green Chilies
A Little Fresh Coriander
1 Tsp Sugar
Salt & Vinegar for taste.

Masala Ingredients:

7-8 Kashmiri Chillies
5-6 Flakes Garlic
1 Tsp Cumin seeds
1 Tsp Peppers
1 Tsp Turmeric Powder
1 Ball of Tamarind

This is a relatively quick recipe and if you like prawns its a treat, my Father and Brother in Law are both allergic to prawns. So when we cook prawns we generally have more to relish :) Feel sorry for all those who don't get to enjoy these delicacies but anyway here's to all of us who can enjoy them!

Heat some oil up in a pan and while its getting warm chop the onions. Use half the ginger to grind in the masala and the other half should be cut into small pieces and kept.

Put the chopped onions in the pan and saute till brown. Chop your tomatoes and coriander while the onions get brown and stir occasionally to ensure its evenly done.

Here's our chopped coriander :)

If your onions are nice and brown its time to add the tomatoes.

Slice those green chillies up and add them to the dish.

Add two table spoons of the masala, you can store the rest in the fridge.

You have to fry the masala as well for a couple of minutes.

Then add a teaspoon on sugar and mix it in the masala again.

Add the prawns to the masala and let it cook.

Add salt as per taste.

Add a little vinegar to the dish.

Just when the dish is done add the coriander for garnishing.

There you have it your ready to eat a Goan Prawn Chilly Fry :)

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