For the next few days, Momo Cafe at the Courtyard by Marriott will been tranformed into a world that is as good as Goa (minus the beaches). The hotel is hosting a Goan food festival, and the buffet menu have been specially prepared by Chef Susheel. The Sous Chef from the Goa Marriott Resort and Spa, is here to delight your taste buds.
The Goan feast is a combination of its traditional and street food. Vegetarians are in for a surprise as you will find that the Goan cuisine is way more than just fish and prawns. Chef Susheel explains, “The Goan affair is a mix of Portugese, Hindu and Konkani cuisine. The Saraswat food consists of a variety of vegetarian dishes, which are not only delicious, but also light on the stomach because the usage of oil and spices is toned down. That’s why vegetarians also have a lot to look forward to from this buffet.”
However, the buffet, whose the menu is cyclic, will also offer other types of cuisines apart from the Goan affair for non enthusiasts.
There is a live station, that serves a yummy and most common Goan street food – Ras Omlette – which is pav served with masala omlette topped with some chicken curry (eggetarians can have it without the chicken curry). In the main course, sea-food lovers can gorge on Goan Fish curry along with brown rice. Furthermore, Mutton or Pork Vindaloo, which is made using wine and garlic, along with Kashmiri chillies, is a must-try for the ones who like their curry to be spicy.
On the vegetarian platter, one can choose from curries like Mushroom cashew Xacutti, Papeyachi bhaji and dal with cumin seed tadka, which will remind you of home-cooked dal.
Sweet tooths will delight in Bebinca, a traditional Goan pudding (which is a must-try) and Do Dol, which is made of rice flour and jaggery, among other delicacies.
April is considered to be a good time to visit Goa. If you who couldn’t make it, here's the next best thing. The festival is on till Aprill 22, from 6:30 to 11 pm.