So how does one categorize Goan cuisine? Locals say that it has four different tastes which comprise of four S’s – ‘Sourness, Spiciness, Saltiness and Sweetness’. The question however to be addressed is- was it the ingredients alone that categorized the cuisine? Or was it the rich colorful history of ‘conquests’ right from the original settlers the Saraswats. Or could it be the ingredients?.
Take the case of bananas cooked in Christian and Hindu homes
Khelful Shaak...accompaniment made of raw banana
With the fusion of different styles of cooking and ingredients to the legacy of what is available in local homes today, I found out that the cuisine of Goa is uniquely categorized to encompass five main categories (and in saying so I might state that the color, taste and texture varies enormously) although there are many similar preparations in their kitchens.We discovered that Goan cuisine can be categorised as follows
Saraswat Hindu Goan Muslim Goan Portuguese Goan Christian Goan