Sunday, April 10, 2011

Top 5 funny things to do on a beach in Goa

1. Build a sandcastle and stand guard next to it. Every hour do the 'changing of the guard' throwing in the occasional "HALT, WHO GOES, THERE???"

2. Whilst in the sea, start thrashing about and scream "SHARKS!!!" Ten minutes later, do it again.

3. (Affective if you're a man) Wear a tight, red swimming costume and run in slow motion in the style of Baywatch hero David Hasselhof. Whilst running, flick your hair in an appealing manner.

4. Stagger up the beach in old ripped clothes clutching a matchstick and tell everyone that this is all that is left of your ship.

5. Beforehand, place a piece of bloodied meat on the edge of the sea. Later go around and ask if anyone has seen your doggie. Say he was playing in the water when you heard someone say SHARKS and you haven't seen him since.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

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Top 5 things to do in Goa

While in Goa for your vacation, some of the things you can do are:

Try different Goan dishes

It doesn't matter what your budget is, you can walk into any restaurant or bar and get the tastiest Goan food. It is natural to despise cheap looking bars and restaurants but those are the places that serve authentic Goan cuisine. So if you don't have an ego, walk into one of them. You may not find table cloth or cutlery or waiters in bow ties inside, but you'll come out without any regrets for sure. Some of the things to try are Goan curry rice, Chicken / Pork Vindaloo, Chicken Xacuti, Chicken Cafreal, Sorpatel (a pig dish), Chourisaan (pork sausages), Fish Rechad and Fish / Prawn Balchao.

Have beer or red wine

Beer and red wine can lower the level of bad cholesterol, decrease the likelihood of blood clots, prevent heart disease and some forms of cancer. Try the local brands of wine. The only local brand of beer - Arlem is no longer in circulation, unfortunately. Don't have more than two glasses a day. Too much beer or red wine will cause damage to your body.

Take bath in the sea water

It feels nice to float in the chlorinated pool of the hotel or resort you are staying at with a book in hand. If possible try to take a bath in the salty sea water during all the days you are in Goa. It will do wonders to your body. Seawater has many many benefits. Never make the mistake of geting into the water after having alcoholic drinks.

Try parasailing

Parasailing is an activity which involves a person, a boat and a parachute. A person is attached to a parachute which is tied to a boat. When the boat takes off, the person soars in the air. If you have a fear of heights, this may be the time to get rid of it. One way to overcome fears is by facing them.

Buy Goan sweets

While you got the chance to enjoy Goa, think about those back home who could not come with you. Buy them some Goan sweets. Some of them are Bebinca, Dosh, Dodol, Bathk, Bolinhas, and Dodol.

Go to any bakery or cold storage and ask for Costa's Bebinca. Costa's is a business group which manufactures sweets (and canned food) on a mass scale while ensuring that the products taste like home made ones. Their packed stuff can be kept for few months.

Dances in Goa

The traditional dances of Goa picturize the mindset and lifestyle of Goans. They reflect the rich historical and cultural legacy of Goa. Goa has a unique amalgamation of different cultures and the Goan dances portray this blend of different faiths very beautifully.

Some of the well known traditional dances are:


Dekhni, a blend of Indian melody set to Western music is a very popular solo song cum dance. It is about a request and the resulting dialogue between a girl and a boatman as the girl wants to go across a river. She persuades him to take her there so she can honor her commitment to sing at a wedding and also offers her ornaments in return as she is in a hurry. The dancer usually carries a small clay oil lamp and performs to a folk drum.


Fugdi is performed by women on important social and religious occasions. It is an indoor dance that derives its name from the 'Foo Foo' sound made by the dancers by blowing air into a pot they hold as they spring rhythmically. No musical instruments are used.


Dhalo is a dance loved by women dwelling in rural Goa. In this dance form, young girls and women form a semi circle by joining their hands behind each others waists. They then sway in coordinated movements to beats of rural musical instruments and music.

Ghode Modni

This dance commemorates the victory over the Portuguese by the Ranes (Maratha rulers of ancient times). The dancer dressed in colorful attire, dances rhythmically.


Kunbi dance originated with the earliest settlers of Goa known as the Kunbis. The dance has more of a social element in it rather than a religious feeling. The dance is performed by women who dance very elegantly at a fast pace. Their traditional attire adds color to this dance form.


Mando is a group song popular with Goan Catholics which has boys and girls standing in two semicircular lines and singing in a chorus. The theme of the songs sung are mostly frustration and deception in love. Mando songs are usually sung at wedding celebrations in honor of the bridal couple.

The author referred to various sources while compiling this piece and wants to thank the people who wrote the original stuff.

Food in Goa

The small state of Goa in India is famous for its food. A Goan meal is incomplete without fish, rice and curry cooked with coconut. Apart from fish, pork, beef and chicken are widely consumed.

Some of the popular non vegetarian dishes made in Goa are:

Goan curry rice

Goan curry rice (pronounced as 'Xitt Codi' in Konkani) is the staple diet of a Goan anywhere in the world. Goans in Goa have fish curry along with rice every day.

Chicken / Pork Vindaloo

"Vindaloo" is a fiery-hot "sweet and sour" style curry. The name Vindaloo is derived from the Portuguese dish "Carne de Vinha d' Alhos", which is a dish of meat, usually pork, with wine and garlic. The dish was originally modified in Mumbai by the substitution of vinegar for the wine, and the addition of red chillies. The dish evolved into the vindaloo curry dish in Goa, with the addition of a lot of traditional spices and using palm vinegar instead of red wine. Alternate terms are vindalho or vindallo.

Chicken Xacuti

Xacuti is pronounced as shakuti or shacooti. This is a unique dish that is made with poppy seeds, sliced/grated coconut and red chillies.

Chicken Cafreal

This is Portuguese-style grilled chicken and the sauce it is marinated in tastes a lot like the famous Portuguese peri-peri sauce. The preparation originated from the Portuguese colonies in the African continent. It was introduced to Goan cuisine by the Portuguese. The preparation involves onions, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, pepper, chillies, and fresh coriander leaves.


Sorpatel (sometimes spelt Soropatel) is a dish made with the shoulders, neck, kidneys, liver and ears of the pig. The word "sorpotel" is derived from the Konkani word "soro" which means alcohol/liquor. The flavour of sorpatel improves with age so it should be prepared upto a week in advance before it is consumed. It is often eaten with "sanna" - a spongy, white, and slightly sweet steamed rice and coconut bread. It can also be enjoyed with "pao" (the Konkani word for bread) or rice.


Chourisaan are spicy pork sausages. Goan sausages are prepared using salted and spiced cubes of pork. Once they have been made, the strings of sausages are dried in the sun and then hung above fire where they are gradually smoked. They are usually eaten by boiling them in water or are fried and served with rice.

Fish Rechad

Fish rechad is fish stuffed with a red spice paste. Rechado means "stuffed" in Portuguese. Rechad is a very aromatic, flavorful and quite hot Goan masala that can be used for marinating.

Goans normally use Mackerel but you can also find cooks using Pomfret or Kingfish in restaurants.

Fish / Prawn Balchao

Balchao is fish or prawn pickle. Brought to Goa by the Portuguese, Balchão originated in Macao, where it is called Balichao. Balchao is a method of cooking either fish or prawns in a dark red and tangy sauce.

Goan sweets

It takes a lot of effort to create Goan sweet dishes. These sweets usually have the same core ingredients of rice flour, coconut milk, palm jaggery, semolina (called "rawa" in Hindi) and eggs.

Some of the sweets made in Goa which you can buy for your folks while returning back home are:


Also known as bebik or bebinka, it can be described as layer upon layer of coconut egg custard flavored with nutmeg. It takes skill and patience to cook each layer separately before adding the next. It is made with fresh coconut milk, egg yolks, sugar and flour.


This is a diamond shaped sweet made by stirring grated coconut, boiled channa dal and sugar over gentle heat until the right texture is obtained. It takes skill, strong arms for stirring and experience to remove the dosh at the right moment on to a hard surface to cool ready for cutting into diamond shapes.


These are half moon shaped deep fried mini pastries filled with coconut, cardamom, semolina and sesame seeds. They are prepared only during Christmas.


This is a sweet made with rice flour, coconut milk, jaggery and cashew nuts.


This is a moist rich coconut tart baked in a large round shape and flavoured with cardamom.


Bolinhas are round in shape. Made with grated coconut, sugar, semolina, egg yolks and butter, they are flavoured with cardamom and baked gently.


This dark brown colored sweet shaped like thick fingers is packed with ingredients like coconut jaggery, Goa rice and coconut.


This is a sweet made with grated coconut, rice and jaggery by wrapping and steaming the stuff in turmeric or banana leaves. It is served mostly on 15th August.


Dodol is another famous Goan sweet, made with rice flour, coconut milk, jaggery and cashew nuts. It is usually cooled in a flat pan and served in slices, and is very sweet.

If you live in the UK, here's a place you can order most of these delicacies from:

The author referred to various sources while compiling this piece and wants to thank the people who wrote the original stuff.