Khordad Sal Mubarak!

The Feast

Still reeling over a celebratory Birthday weekend of Gods and Prophets.

While many of us celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi with scrumptious fare and delicacies, our Parsi brethren celebrated Khordad Sal; the birthday of their ancient spiritual leader- Zoroaster also known as Zarathustra. He is credited to being the founder of what we now know as Zoroastrianism.

Normally celebrated in pomp and glamor with ‘ghambars’ being held around, this year I had the pleasure of sampling a simple scrumtpious meal sent by @zuperbcateringandpopupgoa with a lovely historical lesson on culture, through food sampled.

On my plate Clockwise:
Kolni no Patiyo (Prawns) rich and aromatic with a sweet after taste went swimmingly well with hot steamed basmati rice. I portioned it half way through to change palate preference with Dhan Dar- Garlic dal and rice.

The crispy crunch of succulent pieces of Chicken Farcha partially dissected the flavours enough to give me a riot of taste tickling all the appropriate sensory organs.

Feeling peckish post, I dived straight for the Ravo drizzled with roasted cashew nuts. For the uninitiated, Ravo is made from fine semolina and is the Parsi version of Kheer and is synonymous with happy occasions. The community make it without fail on birthdays, navjotes, weddings and jashans.

Thank you for the celebratory inclusion Zubin Vazifdar Mani Vazifdar.

Once again Khordad Sal Mubarak to all my lovely friends.

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Something Tart-ish

Over the last few months of quarntine, I’ve been on the down low, stuffing myself with some amazing goodies from many start-ups chefs in the home space as well as food outfits around Goa (for now)

Lemon Meranguie Tart

Welcome to my #ATwitCanPick series.

The #ATwitCanPick Ground Rules:
1) All food has been ordered anonymously.
2) All meals have been paid for.
3) Most of the food photographed is on a smartphone
4) All reviews posted are of a personal opinion.

This weekend had me craving something ‘tart-ish’.The crust had the right amount of crunch,citing a fresh bake the minute ordered.

The lemon custard filling was draining down with every carved slice and the fluffy meringue topping was literally the icing on my weekend reminding me of my other favoutire pass time this monsoon- BBQ Marshmallows!!

Each Lemon Tart costs Rs.80/- (Farha also makes a Pie format if requested.) you can order yours by calling +91 90499 13151

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Eat & Drink the World Lonely Planet e-edition May 2020

Excerpt with Interview with LMPI (Goa’s Food Finds)

How did you come to be a Food Influencer?

Growing up in a family related to hospitality, deterred me from the food industry earlier. It was during my stint at Corporate where I started entertaining clients and prospects ever so often and the allure of a well plated dish captivated my senses. With my love for photography intact, I started documenting a few along the way and a decade later, I find myself placed here photographing my life and palate one destination and plate at a time.

What makes Goa so great for Food finds?
Goa has an innate charm of attracting people from all over the world. Some come here and never leave. With a heady mix of a multitude or cultural diversity food plays an important role in many expats and Indians spreading their roots across the Culinary canvas of the state. Influences are predominately intact with many Goan long lost traditions being revived and making their way into the culinary field by stalwarts who have been here since time immemorial. Being a tourist destination one has a myriad of cultural flavour that can be sampled here on holiday.

For the intrepid traveler- they can get a taste of everything global with a local influence. From the vibrant street food , read as ‘comfort food’ for the locals with their Ros Omelet and Cutlet Pao to Italian, Thai and Continental- Goa over the years has adapted to cater to world class cuisine being dished out on the fly.

This melange has a perfect symbiotic balance and this makes Goa unique in its catering to one and all, thus touting it as a Foodies paradise with sun, sand and the sea for company.

Could you recommend a few food finds from your Instagram (@nolansatwit) feed for us to sample next in Goa?

Neuri with dark chocolate gianduja
https://www.instagram.com/p/ByR18CSBkDA/?igshid=1bil14lq2ffa0

The Choo Chee Goong Laiseua
https://www.instagram.com/p/BqoaMQghiCM/?igshid=9cb5aaddgxjg

Shaptra
https://www.instagram.com/p/BU_nfP5AP6S/?igshid=wrusty3armui

Ros Omelet
https://www.instagram.com/p/BxWy37YBsON/?igshid=pluhf4chh9vm

Cheering to a Hurricane

Drinking wine 🍷….enjoying Goa in the monsoon 🏖…. chasing cyclones 🌊.The first part of our fun series with Nolan Mascarenhas has us talking about how to make the most of Goa Monsoons with his top food recommendation for vegetarians & some fabulous wine and a view to die for only at Antares!Also if you’re in Goa, you MUST pay a visit to Antares! 🙂 YouTube.https://youtu.be/OGdBKXAj5ds

The Calorie Night’s Watch


A double onslaught fast approaches- One of the most anticipated series Games of Thrones makes way as well as the pile on of calories. My arch nemesis for the longest time, the best description of these suckers is something I read; tiny creatures that live in ones closet and sew clothes a little bit tighter every night, drawing an analogous quest and claim for ‘Waist-eros’. Hopefully this season will be kind and not indulge me in binge eating over marathon sessions. Now while I sit back awaiting a challenge laid down by the lovely folk at PEMA a wellness resort in Vishakhapatnam, where I’m enticed to a multi-coursed 500 gram gourmet meal, the intrigue and surprise on my face runs comparable to the time the Mother of Dragons sat down to Khal Drogo’s breakfast specialty- a horses heart. Luckily, this all-vegetarian led holistic healing centers atop a hill with the picturesque coastline ahead has thrown down the gauntlet. Challenge accepted.

With grams weighed and a calorie intake monitor in place under the strict eyes of dieticians and master chef’s creating wonders, this is one of my meals. Starting off with a Curried Cauliflower soup (200 grams at 59 calories) followed by Herbed Mushroom Caviar (120 at 97) and a Soufflé de legume (200 at 186) and Honey glazed apple sandwich (100 at 70) totaling to an astonishing 412 calories over this four-course meal! Speechless. With the right exercise, water intake and calorie count with expert supervision for a variety of body cleanses, I drop an astonishing 3.5 kilos in 5 days. But it did get me thinking- the calorie wars can be won if we condition ourselves to avoid ‘binge eating and drinking’ over our favorite prime time shows. But if the need does arise, there’s hope in these substitutes that could combat one’s meteoric calorie rise.

Moong dal- Every Indian’s favorite, this dal is full of Vitamin A, B, C and E and many minerals, such as calcium, iron and potassium. It is often advised by dieticians to replace fatty foods with Moon dal as it is a weight loss food that is rich in proteins and fiber, so one feels fuller after having a bowl of dal for a long time and curbs your cravings. My recommendation would be adding finely chopped onions, tomatoes, boiled potatoes, sprinkle of rock salt, pepper, a dash of lemon and top it with coriander and bhel- “Voila! Chaat a la Moong”. Try substituting this for the buttered popcorn. Don’t hate me just yet.

Dhokla- This humble dish from Gujarat is famous all over. This light and fluffy delicacy is seasoned with coriander leaves, mustard seeds, green chutney and fried green chilies. Made from fermented flour it is rich in nutritive values. Being steamed and not fried, dhokla has less oil content, makes them low on calories. 100 gms of dhokla contains only 160 calories! Need I say more?

Cinnamon- Everything is nice about this weight loss food. This nutty flavor spice is also known for its diabetes fighting properties. Add ground cinnamon as a replacement for sugar in cake dough or in your tea and coffee to get the most out of this wonderful spice every day. If it’s too much of a hassle indulge in dark chocolate, the darker the better and stick to a few pieces, please.

Beetroot juice- Yes this is the odd one out, but trust me beet juice gives your body a stamina boost allowing you to exercise longer and burn more calories post the show. Beets are a blood-building herb that detoxifies blood and renews it with minerals and natural sugars. This weight loss food also aids in eliminating toxins from your body. Try my favorite concoction- 2 medium sized beetroots, 2 oranges, 5 slice of fresh pineapple, 2 tablespoons of Lemon Juice and a sprig of Mint. Voila- should keep your cravings to the least minimum. Blend and savor. 

Valar Dohaeris Caloris Non! (Loose translation; All Men must NOT serve calories!) Shoot me already. 

Enjoy the show.