Goa draws up memories of fresh, bountiful and incredibly delicious seafood. The coastal town is as famous for its seafood as it is for its party culture. With buffet lunches as well as restaurants in Goa featuring seafood aplenty on their menu, it is hard to miss out on. However, if you are a first-timer, or just looking to dig into some local delicacies, read on, to know five dishes that you must not miss at restaurants in Goa when on a trip to the coastal state.
1. Fish Recheado
Recheado refers to a spicy paste made from chillies, vinegar, select spices, ginger and garlic. This paste is stuffed into Mackerel or Pomfret, after which the fish is fried till it attains that heavenly crisp, brown texture. Restaurants offer a marinated shallow-fried and a semolina-fried version of Fish Recheado. It is recommended to try them both, to know what suits your taste buds. Restaurants in Goa serve the Fish Recheado with fish curry and rice.
2. Shark Ambot Tik
Don’t be surprised; Shark is an acclaimed delicacy in Goa. The Shark Ambot Tik is a household favourite and graces the menu of every seafood restaurant worth it’s salt. Ambot Tik means sour and spicy, curry that is the perfect blend of both tastes. The dish is named as such, owing to the use of red chillies and kokum that imparts the taste to it. The spicy red-coloured curry is made with shark meat, as the flesh is chunky and the body has a single bone. It is usually served with a Pav or steamed rice.
3. Crab Xacuti
The Xacuti is a curry made with local spices that is a staple in buffet lunches in Goa. This spicy curry is made with freshly ground spices and a fresh catch of crabs. Initially, the claws are removed, followed by the boiling of the crab, after which it is mixed into the curry. The juices of the crab infuse into the curry, adding a new dimension of flavour into it. Some versions feature eggs that are added to make the curry thicker and fluffier.
4. Mussels rawa fry
Mussels rawa fry is a popular dish among Goans. Soft mussels are coated in rawa and deep-fried to perfection. They can be had with rice and also as an appetizer. This dish can be served with ketchup and green chutney on the side. It is also offered as an accompaniment to a chilled beer in restaurants in Goa.
5. Prawns Balchao
Prawns Balchao is a spicy and tangy dish that was introduced to Goa by the Portuguese. The preparation involves the mixing of juicy prawn pieces in a masala made from oil, ginger, garlic, tomato, onions, red chillies, mustard and cumin seeds, vinegar and salt. It is used as a pickle and can be bottled and stored up for months. Some restaurants also make a less spicy version of it, which can be served as a side dish, accompanied by rice. A plate of steaming hot rice with Prawns Balchao makes for a lunch worth remembering!
Get your seafood cravings satisfied at The Leela Goa. The Leela Goa is the perfect place for a culinary adventure that you will remember for a lifetime. Jamavar, Susegado and The Restaurant in this hotel are headed by acclaimed chefs and are renowned in culinary circles. The Restaurant is an all-day dining restaurant that brings to you cuisine from around the world. You can savour the tastiest of Goan fish Curry in a cosy outdoor or alfresco seating. Jamavar is a signature Indian restaurant that specializes in Goan cuisine. The specialities include Goan Fish curry and Prawns Balchao. You can head to Susegado when you want to dine in a relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant in Goa is known for its grilled and tandoori seafood dishes which are paired perfectly with wine.