Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Dishes you cannot miss when in Goa.

What happens when a Foodie visits Goa...

The small Western State of Goa in India has been ever famous for three things…the beaches, it’s easy-going nature and it’s food..Goan Cuisine. The men of Goa with their pot bellies are evidence of the fact that Goans loves their Food. Food in Goa is influenced by Christians and Hindus. The long period of Portuguese rule, besides that of the Muslim and Hindu kingdoms, has left an indelible influence on the original style of Goan cooking and this has led to an exotic mix of truly tasty and spicy cuisine.

Here are some of the most popular cuisines of Goa


Goa is famous for its seafood, the best dish being Goan fish curry. Apart from a Curry preparation fish is also fried and sometimes pickled. Kingfish are probably the most common item, on the menu, but Pomfret, Doumer, Shark, Tuna and mackerel are hot favourites as well.
1.  Fish Curry
In Konkani, ‘ambot’ means spur and ‘tik’ means spicy. As the name suggests, this dish is slightly sour and pungent. The sour comes from the use of the petals of the tart ‘Kokum solam’. Known to be a cooling agent and honoured for its medicinal value, the red-coloured fruit of ‘Kokum’ is the real king of Goan cuisine.

2. Fish Recheado
Recheado means stuffed in Portuguese and in this recipe, a fresh whole fish, usually a Pomfret, is slit down the center and stuffed with a spicy red paste, after which it is shallow fried. Mackerel Recheado is one of Goa’s most famous dishes.  The red Recheado masala  is made using Kashmiri red chilies, garlic, cumin, peppercorns and tamarind.  It is very tasty  and can be used to prepare many other Goan seafood dishes.

3. Pork
Pork is a popular meat available in Goa.Though the Hindus and Muslims of the state don’t eat pork because of religious constraints, it is widely popular among the Christian community and is in the main dishes of any festival or celebration. Vindaloo and Sorpotel are among the most famous pork dishes of Goa along with their spicy chourico sausages.

4. Chouricos ( Spicy Goan Sausages)
Chouricos are spicy pork sausages, which owe more than a debt to Portuguese culinary traditions. Goan sausages are prepared using well salted and spiced cubes of pork. Once they have been made, the strings of sausages are dried in the sun and then hung above the fire where they are gradually smoked.

5. Chicken Xacuti
This  dish is loved by those who prefer a spicy preparation tremendously. Xacuti (pronounced as sha-coo-ti), makes use of plenty of spices like nutmeg, coriander leaves, red and green chilies, ginger and cloves. Additionally tamarind and lemon juice make for a pungent curry. The dish can also be made with mutton or fish.

Offering and impeccable blend of Portuguese extravagance and the simplicity of Konkan cooking style, the sweets of Goa are a must try for must try for every foodie. The desserts are kept simple in Konkan, it takes  a lot of effort to create those culinary magic dishes. Most of the Goan cakes were developed in Goa’s convents and monasteries, where time was never in short supply.
The most famous Goa’s sweetmeats is bebinca also known as ‘bibik’.It is a wonderful concoction made from layer upon layer of coconut pancakes. Each scrumptious layer has to be baked before the next one is added, traditionally it has 16 layers, but can be made with less or more. Though the process of making bebinca is tedious process the dessert is a mouth-melting dream. Dodol is another famous Goan sweet, traditionally eaten during Christmas and made with rice flour,coconut milk, jaggery and cashew nuts. It is cooled in a flat pan and served in slices, and is really sweet.

And to wash  that down, the Local drink Feni
An accompaniment to wash down all Goan food is the locally made Feni.  Though other forms of liquor are  available across the state, the Goans are as crazy  about their Feni as they are about their food.
There are two types of Feni, both of which are made from local ingredients. Coconut or palm Feni is made from the sap drawn from the severed shoots on a coconut tree. Cashew or Caju Feni, on the other hand, can only be made during the cashew season in late March and early April.
Undoubtedly Goa’s most famous triple, double distilled perfectly clear , this is a drink which deserves respect. Goans are keen to offer advice not to drink it on an empty stomach and mix with other spirits and certainly don’t swim after a couple of Fenis. But the best you will hear is ‘you don’t realize how strong it is until you get up.

 Enjoy a delectable meal at Pan Global    
 restaurant in Hotel Neelams.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

5 reasons to visit Goa.

5 Reasons why you should visit Goa in December

Refresh your soul when you are in Goa.

1    A chilled out holiday!

It is no secret that today, going to Goa is on the list of every traveller in India. Everyone wants to visit Goa such is the profound impact this small southern Indian state has had upon the psyche of the Indian travellers in the past decade. Goa is a beautiful place gifted with some of the most beautiful beaches in India, a pleasant climate, lots of greenery and the most chilled out people in the country. Goa is synonymous with fun and relaxation and there is no better time to visit Goa than the month of December. In December, Goa comes to life when most other parts of the country are freezing to death. Choose Neelam’s The Grand for an empowering and non-intrusive stay experience.
12 miles from Thivim and 8.5 miles from Panjim, The Grand Goa is a showcase for relaxation with tropical inspired design touches, grand architecture, wide shady corridors and spacious rooms for a memorable stay.

2     Goa for Scintillating Food.

A visit to Goa in December is incomplete without being mesmerised by its scintillating buffet of seafood. The coastal state is a haven for seafood lovers who can gorge on some delicious dishes made with the most special of recipes at any corner of Goa. Sea-food in Goa is a staple, need we say more about its love affair with it. For those who like it served well and in a great setting Simply Fish, Boom Shankar and Viva Goa are great restaurants to explore but for those who can’t burn a hole in their pocket can get equally delicious seafood at the many beach shacks on the beaches of Goa.
From casual, all day eateries to formal, fine dining, The Grand provides a wide range of delicious dishes and refreshing drinks. We provide you with a different dining experience, one that offers the nuances of the best Indian and International cuisines. Head to the multi-cuisine restaurant Pan Global and enjoy a wide range of breakfast, lunch and dinner options.
      Water Sports

One of the best ways to enjoy Goa in December is to participate in water sports such as scuba diving, banana ride, dinghy sailing and much more at various beaches. The best places to enjoy water sports in Goa are Dona Paula Bay, Candolim Beach and Cidade De Goa. The Grand also arranges boat cruise and sightseeing tour upon request.

Goa for Music Lovers
Neelam's The Grand gets some traditional touch in Goa.

Post-Christmas in December, comes the week of partying the likes of which is unmatched anywhere else in the country. The merry-making which begins a week into Christmas is continued with the Asia’s biggest dance and electronic music party – the Sunburn Festival. Sunburn festival has been organized in Goa for the past eight years and very successfully too. This year Sunburn Festival is been organized at Vagator Beach from the 27th to 29th December and promises to be a party to remember.

6      Party Lover’s Paradise
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Apart from the 3 days Sunburn Festival in Goa, Supersonic Festival hosted by popular VJ Nikhil Chinapa is held at Candolim Beach every year .It promotes local as well as international talent and lets you enjoy the best music. Who wouldn’t like to let their hair down to trance music under the clear skies and white sand tickling the toes? Fireworks and celebrations are endless during New Year’s and the night just doesn’t end!
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to unleash the party animal in you! 

So, what are you waiting for? 
Book Neelam’s for a memorable stay and celebrate one of a kind holiday in Goa! Get a refreshingly unique experience at The Grand as it allows you to relax with tropical inspired design touches, grand architecture, wide shady corridors, and spacious rooms and wide range of delicacies that one cannot resist.

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