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Most Popular Goan Food

Planning a trip to Goa? Our sampling of the most appetizing Goan food

Goans are emotional about their drink and siesta time but they are more emotional about their food. Goan food is spicy, tangy and largely non-vegetarian. Seafood, coconut milk, rice and spices are the main ingredients of Goan cuisine. The cuisine of Goa is heavily influenced by four hundred years of Portuguese colonialism. While authentic Goan food eaten by the locals is extremely fiery, the food served on the shacks and popular restaurants is watered down to cater to the Western palate. Here is a list of the most popular items you will find on a Goan menu:


Most Popular Goan Food: Sorpotel
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A Goan delicacy with pork as its main ingredient, Sorpotel is very spicy and is often called one of Goa's most famous foods. A must for meat-lovers!


A sour curry prepared with either fish or meat. Very popular with travelers to the state.


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A spicy curry whose name is derived from the Portuguese term for garlic and wine (vinho e alho) marinade.

Sol Kadi

A flavorful spicy and sour coconut and kokum fruit concoction that is eaten along with food like a curry or had as an appetizer. Usually served cold.


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Goan curry made with chicken or beef, cooked with roasted grated coconut and a variety of spices. The result is a mild curry with an amazing, distinctive flavor.


Usually made with chicken, the meat is marinated in a sauce of chilies, garlic and ginger and then shallow fried. The result is a dry and very fiery dish.

Fried Fish

Fried Fish
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Fish, most popularly the Pomfret, is fried with tons of spices and served hot.

Goan Curry

Accompanied by good old fashioned steamed rice, Goa's Prawn/Fish curry has a very distinct sour and spicy flavor. It is also traditionally made fiery hot so make sure you have some cold water at hand!


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A wonderfully textured concoction made from layer upon layer of coconut pancakes.


A clear and potent brew, Fenny is one local drink which deserves due respect. It is made from either coconut or the juice of the cashew apple. Fenny is a deceptive drink and one often doesn't feel its full force until it's too late!

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