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Monday, April 07, 2014

Goan Thali - A simple Goan Lunch Menu

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Day 7 and its Goa time !!!..As goa was invaded by Portuguese you can see the Portugal influence in the goan cuisine . Though it has Portugal influence the Konkan and malvani cuisines are also popular in this state.Goa is the place most loved by tourist for its ambiance and humid weather.The very important ingredients used in goa are coconut milk,sea food,and Rice, even Kokum is very well used in place of tamarind. Goan cuisines are Unfinished with No fish but as a veggie I have brought up veg thali which some goans may think unfinished though.It has great connection of malvani and kokani cuisines. The cuisines can be parted in to to Hindu cuisine and catholic cuisine.Hindi goan food has no Portuguese  influence . the catholic food has Portuguese  and also some oversea settlements. The main difference the two cuisine is Hindu cuisine does not include beef and pork where as the Christians does. Over all Goan recipes has its own significance.

I have presented here an simple lunch platter with some rice bhakiri which we had with vindaloo and kele Ambat. Goan famous daali thoy with which every thali starts from. Goan simple Banana Halwa and some fried snack Kormolas which the traditional snack made for Christmas.I know its a mix up of Kokani ,malvani and Portuguese right   its was really nice to Mix them up and enjoying a complete goan platter..  The one think I forgot to present was french beans Foogath I was so absent minded  forgot to present it will share the recipe in the separate post.. Lets move on to the simple goan meal recipes .. Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#39

Goan Thali Menu 

Goan Rice Bhakri
Plain Rice
 Goan Daali Thoy
Plantain Gravy/ Kele Ambat 
Vegetable Vindaloo
Goan Kokum Curry / Sol Kadi
Goan Banana Halwa 

Goan Rice Bhakri


1 cup Rice flour
1 cup Hot water
1 tbsp ghee
Salt to taste


  • Boil water in a vessel to rolling point.
  • In bowl take rice flour, salt and mix well.
  • Add hot water little by little and mix well.
  • Knead it to smooth dough .
  • Divide the dough to a equal parts and shape them to round bhakiris with your hand.
  • You can also dust some flour in the rolling board and then roll the using your hands.
  • Heat a tawa place the shaped bhakiris on the hot tawa .
  • Roast them both the side and then keep them on flame to roast it for few seconds.
  • The spread some ghee and serve these bhakris with some curries .

 Goan Daali Thoy


1/2 cup Toor dal 
2 tbsp  Coconut milk
1 tsp Ginger garlic paste
1/4 tsp Turmeric pd
1/2 tsp Sugar ( Optional)
3-4 Dry red chillies / Green chillies
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds 
A pinch of asafoiteda
1 sprig Curry leaves 
1 tbsp Ghee / Oil
Salt Taste


  • Cook toordal in a pressure cooker with some water and turmeric pd.
  • Cook them for 3 whistles and turn off the flame.
  • Let the pressure subside them remove the lid.
  • In a pan heat ghee add mustard seeds and let them splutter.
  • Add curry leaves Asafoetida, red chilli/ green chillies.
  • Transfer this tempering to the cooked dal and mix well.
  • Boil the dal and add Coconut milk , salt , sugar  to it.
  • Mix well turn off the flame and serve hot with rice 

Plantain Gravy/ Kele Ambat 

Recipe Source : Aayis Recipe


1 cup Plantain chopped
1 cup Grated Coconut 
1 tsp Coriander seeds 
4-5 - Red chillies
2 Pieces Kokum
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
A pinch of Asafoetida
1 tbsp Oil 
Salt to taste

  • Peel the plaintain , chop them and keep it water.
  • Cook them in enough water till they are soft.
  • In another pan saute coriander seeds.
  • Grind coriander , coconut, red chillies, kokum to a paste.
  • Add this paste to the boiling cooked plaintains also add salt and mix well.
  • Simmer and cook the gravy for few minutes them turn of the flame.
  • For tempering heat oil in a pan.
  • Add mustard seeds , curry leaves and let them splutter.
  • Add asafoetida , Red chillies and saute them.
  • Transfer this terming to the gravy and serve them with hot rice.
Goan Kokum Curry / Sol Kadi


Kokum - 10 No
1 1/2 cup water
2 cup Coconut milk
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 sprig Curry leaves
1 tsp Ginger garlic paste
2-3  Red chillies
1 tbsp Oil
Coriander leave to garnish

  • Soak kokum in 1/2 cup water for about 20 -30 minutes
  • Squeeze the kokum in water with your hands as we do for extracting tamarind.
  • Remove the kokum extract and add water to it.
  • Then and the coconut milk and salt to it.
  • For tempering heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds,curry leaves .
  • Let the splutter and then add red chillies , ginger garlic paste and saute.
  • Transfer the tempering in to the kokum coconut milk mixture.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Mix well and serve them with rice or drink it as is.

Vegetable Vindaloo

Recipe Source : Versatile Kitchen


Eggplants - 2 Medium ( cut into cubes
Potatoes - 1 Cut into cubes
Green bell pepper - 2 chopped
Onions - 1 Medium size
Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste

To grind ( Vindaloo Spice pd)

Coriander seeds -1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Black pepper - 9-10
Red chilli pd - 1 tsp
Red chillis dry - 2-3 No
Cinnamon pd - 1/2 tsp
Cardamom pd - 1/4 tsp
Cloves -2 No

To make a paste

Vindaloo Spice pd
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
White vinegar- 1/4 cup


  •  In a pan dry roast coriander seeds, cumin seeds,Clove, Dry red chilli pd,Pepper corn .
  • Transfer the roasted ingredient to a dry blender.
  • Add Cinnamon pd, cardamom pd, red chilli pd and grind the mixture to a Powder.
  • Once they are ground add ginger garlic paste white vinegar and pulse them till forms a paste.
  • Add this prepared paste to chopped brinjal and potato in a bowl and Mix them well.
  • In a sauce pan heat oil add chopped onions and saute them for a while till translucent.
  • Add capsicum and saute the for a while.
  • Now add the brinjal and potato which is mixed up with the vindaloo paste.
  • Mix well and add 1/2 cup water or more if needed.
  • Sir them well , cover with a lid and cook for couple of minutes.
  • It might take 20 -30 minutes for the veggie to cook and to get the lovely flavor from this curry.
  • Serve the hot with Rice.

Goan Banana Halwa 


1 Ripe banana
2- 3 tbsp sugar
2 tsp ghee
A pinch of Cardamom pd
A pinch of kesar color


  • Peel the banana and chop them to roundels .
  • Add the sugar to the chopped banana and mix well.
  • In a pan heat ghee and add this banana piece in to it.
  • Now cook them till the sugar dissolves and banana soften a bit but not completely.
  • Add cardamom and clove to it.
  • serve and enjoy !!


Recipe source : Hildastouchofspice


1 Cup All purpose Flour
1/4 cup +2 tbsp
1 1/2 tsp Ghee
1 tsp Vanilla extract
Coconut milk for kneading
A pinch of salt
Oil for frying


  • In a bowl add flour , sugar and salt mix well.
  • Melt the ghee and mix it with the flour.
  • Add coconut  milk little by little and knead it to a smooth pliable dough.
  • Rest the dough for 15-20 mins.Divide the dough in to equal parts.
  • Dust some flour in surface and roll the dough a part of the dough to square chappathi.
  • Cut them Vertically and horizontally to form squares of 3 cm.
  • Take a square piece join the opposite side of the cut out square and twist the other opposite sides to form a bud like shape.
  • Place the shaped kormolas in a flour dusted surface. Repeat this for are the squares.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and drop the shaped kormolas .
  • Fry them in low flame till golden brown.
  • After the cool store it in airtight container.


  1. Lovely thali once again. The dishes all look delicious.

  2. awesome recipes again manju

  3. Naming you as the "THALI QUEEN"... beautiful spread!!

  4. My Favourite state and food indeed

  5. "Thali queen"a perfect name for t spread

  6. wow amazing platter i would definitely have to thank u for introducing me to new new recipe names, simply amazing like i said this morning i will vote for oscar for u ;)

  7. Looks so so much tempting and delicious platter da... each and every time you badly tempting me... ;) Keep rocking...

  8. Am in love with that banana halwa, wish i get this thali rite now for my lunch, again a beautiful thali.

  9. Delicious goan thali, you made an awesome treat.

  10. Awesome Thali dear. Loved all your clicks :)

  11. beautiful thali..the photo are making me really hungry :)

  12. Fantastic.Really that banana halwa...........

  13. Fantastic spread! Love the dishes presented.

  14. Amazing thali. I do like the mixture of all the cuisines of Goa. Although I do not like bananas, banana halwa is tempting.

  15. I love what you call simple lunch !!!! - I especially want to try the plantain gravy and banana halva

  16. Very lovely spread and everything looks so sinful! that banana halwa and the cutely done..

  17. super thali with all those goodies..the halwa surely looks unique!

  18. Looks awesome Wow manjula you are really amazing. wish I could dig in.

  19. Amazing Thali,banana halwa sounds so delicious and inviting..very well done Manju..

  20. Awesome thali Manjula. Everything looks so delicious.

  21. Lovely thali, yet another time :) I love how simple the subzis are! Each and every thing is so unique to the region.

  22. Amazing thali.. The spread of dishes is inviting.

  23. That spread looks delicious. That thali doesn't look simple at all. You have been posting a dozen for each state and that's why it must be looking simple to you, not for us. :):)

  24. Superb thali ...loved all the recipes!


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