Wednesday, April 16, 2008

About Goan Recipes

Its very rare that traditional Goan recipes are found, the ones handed down from generation to generation secret family recipes that tell you exactly what needs to be put in the dish to make it perfect.

Goan food is known by anyone who has heard of Goa, the Sorpotel's and the Fish Curry Rice's fame has spread all over the world. But what if you feel like a bit of Goa and you are half way across the world? Just come to Goan Recipes and get ready to churn out some Goan Magic!

Goan Recipes:

Goan Recipe's Chef, Yvette FernandesOur Goan recipes are derived from a cookbook handed over to me by my mother Yvette Oliveira Fernandes, who's known by people in family circles, friends and people from across the world for the magic she churns out it the kitchen. Her delicious Marzipan has been sent all the way to Switzerland from here in Bombay.

She owes most of it to her mother Ophelia Lobo who at her ripe age of 90 years still spends 80% of her time in the Kitchen making Bibinca for anyone who gives her a little present, toddling on her walking stick.

Why am I Sharing these Recipes?

At this time and age, culture is fusing together with access to information from around the world. I have done my bit to provide the Goan culture and heritage, through a way anyone would love to experience it, by playing with your taste buds and make your stomach growl for more.

About Goan Food:

Goan cuisine consists of coconut milk, since Goa has quite a few, coconut trees. The cuisine is influenced by its Hindu origins, Portuguese colonialism, and modern techniques to churn out some delicious dishes full of spices and flavours of a vibrant culture.
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  1. At last! Someone puts up a genuine Goa recipe blog. Thanks. I found your page through an accidental Google search for Goan recipes. Liked your sorpotel recipe, and I hope you post more -- how about chicken cafreal, and croquettes? I like the fact that your recipes are not identical to the Panjim ladies' cookbook (if you search the web, you will see multiple websites with the identical recipe). Thanks for sharing. -- Austin

  2. Hey Austin,

    I have passed your message on to mum, shes thrilled and of course we will have some more dishes up all in due course.

    Will try to get the Chicken Carfreal or croquettes next although its not a promise.

    With much love,

  3. Hi, I found this site by chance. i am goan and love goan food. I am not a very good cook though, I love trying recipes. I will try your recipes and hope you will add more. esp christmas sweets, everyday food like fish curry rice, fried fish, pickles, etc.
    Thanks, Louise

  4. Hello Dear this site is very good and i like to know the basic recipies of goan masalas.we had visited goa ths july2008 and had lunch dinner in Mr.Lobo's and found it very tasty hence i like to learn more about goan recipies both veg and nonveg.I hope you will add in your blog. thanks a ton.

  5. @ Kaleon

    Yes Louise we plan on adding more recipies sooner or later, theres no fixed schedule as such as this Goan food blog is my recipe book for the future

    @ Delicious57

    One Goan masala recipe can be found in the Goan meat curry recipe More will be on their way, sooner or later!

  6. Patrao,

    Great Ideas for showcasing Goan Culture.
    Wishing you great traffic.


  7. I came across a goan sweet using tender coconut and sugar. this recipe calls for sliced tender coconut. Can you please give me the proper recipe. My e-mail is

  8. hi do you know how to make goan pork sausages from start. my email address is

  9. Hi There,

    I am a Mangalorean and have always found some similarities with the Goan cuisine. I love food especially non-veg. I am looking forward to try more of her recipes. Could you please add caramel custard/flan in your mom's to-do list?

    Gail Fernandes

  10. Cool!! I love it when a goan tries to preserve the Goan identity!!

    Viva Goenkar!!

  11. I recently went to Goa and had a hard time finding authentic goan dishes in good restaurants. The Menu cards were filled with continental cuisine. It was very dissappointing. All my life I have been a great fan of Goan food and make quite a few goan curries myself. I live in USA and I can pretty much get everything here except Goa Sausages. It will be wonderful if you could share that recipe. I also would like to make Dos but do not know how. All the recipes posted here are mouthwatering. Love them all, Thanks a million.

  12. I'm so glad i found this site. Thxs for creating one. I makes me feel so much at home not just the food but also the ambiance & utencils used!

  13. a big hug to aunty yvette for these great and easy to make recipies. The Pictures along with the steps adds a superb touch to it...and seeing the curry finally prepared makes it mouth are doing all of us goans a big service ..specially us living abroad..from a 'pucca' goan going to try all of these for my friends..only thing missing will be the feni...cristal dsouza

  14. Well am so happy to find a website with our very own goan aunt demonstrating the same.Thanks for sharing these recipies with us God bless you both.Cant wait to try them

  15. The food looks so yum that I can't wait to try it..a bit of variety might be nice as well.

  16. The food looks so yum that I cant wait to try it out...Please put up some more recipes, a variety would be nice.

  17. Finally !!!! A blog with original Goan recipes which are hard to come by these days. Could you please give us a recipe for Prawn Balchaon and Raechad paste. I have tried a few but just haven't found the right one. Thanks you so much for sharing these recipes. Lookign forward to many more ...

  18. i live in Goa and love all things Goa...wonderful blog..and great recipes...

  19. This is a wonderful blog. I am a goan and i love goan food. Keep up the good work and keep posting more recepies.

  20. Ola, just discovered your website. It is excellently displayed. Great anticipation at trying out your receipes. Any possibilities of more christmas kuswar receipes and older traditional goan cooking? Think the lady in the picture (perhaps your Mamma) must be a brilliant chef.

  21. Hey Clyde! Just came upon your website by chance and I'm already a big fan! What a well presented, user friendly website! And the recipes are so well the use of photographs. It's such a thrill to find original recipes for home made Goan food online:) Thanks to you and your mum for taking the time to share something this special with us!

  22. Great Stuff... you make it look so easy!!!

  23. Wonderful site!!! with pics giving step by step info to prepare the recipe (this really makes a difference). In this site the Guava cheese looks yummm !!! will definitely try it out. Can you share the recipe for Jujubes.

  24. My mom ,who was visiting my brother in New Zealand and was invited for dinner to a friend's place.
    She was introduced to your recipes,via the food prepared- Caldine curry,Shark Ambot Tik.
    She is now visiting me in America and intorduced me to your web-site and now we are having so much fun trying out your recipes.We are so happy that finally there is a site with authentic goan recipes and with pics.
    Thank you.Cant wait for more recipes,

  25. Just one comment: Goa was not a portuguese colony at the time of the indian invasion. It was the capital of a State - the Portuguese State of India, with more independence than it have now. Political, the Portuguese State of India was similar to Canada or other nations not british but having the Queen of England as formal leader.

  26. Clyde,

    Great job. I was actually searching for an authentic Cafreal recipe, and after wading through pages of crap, hit these great recipes up.

    Keep up the good work

    PS: We've met more than a few times...

  27. Hi Clyde, thanks to you and your mum for sharing these wonderful recipes. Came across this website by accident and am already planning my weekly menu. We are in Australia and really miss the Goa sausages. Do you have the recipe for this? BTW, my favourite restaurants in Goa are Florentines - absolute VFM, Martins Corner and Mickey's (sons fav for steaks!). Of course, cannot end without mentioning the Goan hospitality. Tops! Cheers to you and keep up the good work.

  28. Desmond,

    What a fantastic effort.I was always convinced that Goa had the best cuisine in the world with the portugese influence making an interesting fusion

  29. I absolutely love goan food as my caretaker was goan and she cooked divine food...she is no more ...i miss her as well as her food. You have done a wonderful thing by posting receipes...Thanks to all involved...A request ..could you post some beef or lamb receipes...please...Thanks Jaanu

  30. Love your site.... hoping for more Goan recipes to try out in my kitchen... Flocy

  31. Shweana Poy RaiturcarDecember 4, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    I'm studying in the US and when I cant call my mom I always refer to your website. I'm just 20 with an average amount of kitchen experience but your blog made goan cooking easy.Amazingly precise and clear.

    Thank you,
    Shweana Poy Raiturcar.

  32. This is fantastic.. one of the best sites ever on goan recipes! And who else then by FriedClyde :) was desperately searching for something known as "beef rollada" and I came upon your site :)

    A great big hug to ur mum, grandmum and everyone who's inspired you to set this up. Great going Clyde ~ give my love to Bhavika too.. Take care

  33. Merry Christmas in advance to you, your mom and Granny (^_^) love you all for sharing all these recipes .... Wish you all the happiness in life for giving us the pleasure of being a part of your life by preparing what your mother and granny has shared .... God Bless You All :)

    Your admirer .... Janet

  34. Hi Clyde,

    I needed recipe for Goan Pork Chilly... please help !!

  35. Hi Clyde,

    I am from Bombay and have married a goan.

    I am so very glad, to have come across this site,
    and is a blessing in disguise, hats off to the lady who takes all the effort, I have tried the bolinahs receipe and they turned out perfect.
    Please could you request mum if she could, let us know the receipe to fish cutlets.

  36. Please post the recipe for Beef Stew the Goan way.

    Dev Bore Korum,

  37. Wanted to read about Mum so went on to read the information and yes its a pleasure to see your Mum with a magic wand creating wonders in hundreds of kitchen.......
    God bless the two of you and yes if i happen to visit Mumbai soon would try and see if i could reach a card to Granny just to tell her how wonderfully three generations are still continuing to growl our tummies!!!#
    all the best and God Bless all of you!

  38. Hi Clyde,

    It's so good to have come across this site. I was looking high and low for a site with authentic goan recipes.

    I am preparing for Easter and thought of working on some delicious marzipan. However it's been ages since I've got down to making it so have forgotten how it is made in the right way. I would certainly appreciate if you could please post me the recipe for it.

    Thank you in advance and wish you and your family a Blessed Easter...

    Kind regards,

  39. Aunty, can you share the Kombo motlo recipe with us ?

  40. i accidentally came across your site almost a year ago. i love the fact that you post step-by-step pictures which makes the receipe look even more easier to do. havent seen any posts since january 2011. hope all is well.

  41. Hi Clyde
    I am happy that you plan to come out with a recipe book. Good luck.

    I don't want to be too pushy, but what about promoting your line of dishes to the world. That would be a dream come true to every good goan cook. I was having dinner at an authentic Chinese restaurant at Leicester Square with some colleagues when the chef came and suggested his special dessert and spoke yarns about it.

    Then the waitress came and served us a sweet dish. And yo! It was a chinese version of our very own ghoddshem. What was missing was the madache godd. It was substitued by something sweet. And you get some flakes of dried sweet potato in it.

    The same goes with most of the Chinese dishes and for pizzas and pastas as well. It's time for to have a business model for it where everything get's standardised. ... and also getting the patents

  42. tried the Guava Cheese... it came out really well. will try the sorpotel this weekend...
    love the blog and the step by step pics... keep up the great work

  43. Hi Clyde,
    Lovely recipes.. have tried quiet a few n my family has enjoyed it...

    I was wondering if u have the recipe of Pork trotters.. i hopes thats the right name.. my grandmom used to make it have not tasted anything like that after she passed away... i would love to know how it is prepared.

  44. Hey Clyde
    I'm based in Canada and I love the food recipes you have shared on this site. Like many others who are looking for authentic Goan home food, I feel thankful for your recipes. I know that they are made in true Goan style as my grandma used to cook it this way.

    I couldn't find a search option and am looking for Goan ball curry and beef roast.

    Could you please share these recipes.

    Keep the super work going with this site.

    Cris D'Silva

  45. excellent site!

  46. Came across this site quite by accident..lovely recipes and even nicer to see that Aunty Yvette's magic is now available to so many more people. Beautiful site by the way...cheers

  47. I've recently got married, so cooking is still new to me. Your recipes are a big help to me and they taste just like Mamma's food. Great work..Keep it up :)

  48. Wow...Yvette !! This is truly amazing. How blessed you will be for sharing all this with us "wanna be cooks"... Was not an accident that we met in Church on 21 Oct...which by the way was my birthday and this is my gift :) thanks !! And Clyde this website is truly awesome !! Kudos and keep it up both of you !! God bless .. Ursula

  49. Hi, Was invited for lunch at a friend's place and she served the most yummy chicken cafreal, the recipe was from your website. Love your recipes, you make cooking look so simple. My mom and my aunt from Goa were fantastic cooks but unfortunately did not leave any recipes around - My mom made a lovely tea time snack called "Mandos" and my aunt make "Pork Balchow". If you have these recipes would love to have and try them out. Culinary Regards...........Sucorrina

  50. Hi,
    First of all a great job done in getting all these recipes together, d food really looks great but what I am really looking for is how to make Goan Pork sausages from scratch... would appreciate if you help me out... thanks and love Brijesh

  51. Hey clyde,
    This is truly a good effort from your mom's side.Good job

  52. Hey Clyde...just a random search brought me here....Loved the recipies and the approach in general...remindes me of my childhood spent in Blossoms (pfizer Society in Andheri)
    The flour being measured on Newspaper Sheets takes me back to the 70's / 80's!
    Cant wait to try the Bibinca!

  53. Hi ..i got to goa once in two three years to meet my parents, and when i do that my father brings home something called pathad bhaji from small village restaurants. I eat that with pav . this is my breakfast everyday till i m in goa n then i wait another 3 years to eat that bhaji.Can you so kind to send me the recipe for pathad bhaji..i will really be grateful.. i find your recipes really genuine gian recipie so i m hopful that u can help me recreate this dish at london


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