So the next time you are in Goa, make time to stop by a bakery or a grocery store to stock up on these food souvenirs that will help you recreate Goan flavours at home!
Painstakingly prepared with each layer being baked separately, bebinca is a slice of soft, yummy goodness. This this decadent Portuguese-inspired dessert can have from five to fifteen (or more) layers—depending on the time and ingredients at hand. A slice of of bebinca (available in bakeries across Goa), garnished with almonds and served warm with ice-cream, is a delicious combination hard to resist!
Crunchy, sugar-glazed, deep-fried dough curls, kulkuls are great fun to to eat. As making them is pretty labour intensive, in most Goan homes, the entire family helps in making it. These golden brown, buttery sweets are just the thing to satisfy that craving for something savoury yet sweet.
A well-loved delicacy in Goa, perad is nothing but traditionally made guava cheese. Ripe guavas are high in pectin, which is why perad has the firmness of regular cheese. A gorgeous reddish brown in colour, this delectably soft sweet has a heady aroma and is totally yum. This Goan delicacy can be used in desserts or simply eaten with toast.
Bolinhas is a delicious coconut cookie with an exquisite contrast between the crunchy exterior and the soft, crumbly inside. This heavenly teatime treat can be enjoyed through out the year, but these much-loved cookies have a place of pride on a Goan Christmas platter. With hints of vanilla, they taste incredible when dipped in hot chocolate or topped with jam, leaving you wanting more!
A sticky, sweet and thick pudding made from coconut, jaggery and rice flour, dodol is another very popular dessert in Goa. While this sweet is also very popular in other countries South East Asia, the one made in Goa is unique due to a special kind of local jaggery that is used in its preparation. Dodol’s preparation also requires consistent and vigorous stirring for many hours, but this is one sweet dish that is totally worth the effort.