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Culinary Tour of Goa

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We welcome you to a journey of gastronomical delights in a country where food is an inherent part of its cultural fabric. The sheer diversity of cuisines has transformed this magnificent country into a sensory haven for food lovers. In India, the variety of cuisines is quite inexhaustible, as every region proudly flaunts its distinctive cuisines and delicacies. It is nothing short of a miracle that using the same ingredients and spices how every region manages to prepare different foods with amazing flavors. What is special about Indian cuisines that cannot be found anywhere else in the world is the joy of painstakingly preparing the food and then savoring the moment of watching someone relish every morsel of that dish. So, let’s embark on this wonderful culinary journey where we discover not only the history and culture of a particular cuisine but also the essence of what makes it so special. For connoisseurs of food, a culinary tour of India is truly an unforgettable feast of a lifetime.

Goa, the beautiful state in the west of India stands out for its beautiful beaches, heritage houses, churches, temples and for its lovely people and cuisine. The people in Goa are sensitive in nature, and so is their palate.Goa food is an eclectic mix of Portuguese and local Indian cuisine and is known for some really good sea-food and unique dishes

The intermingling of Arabian, Portuguese and native cultures is reflected in the cuisine of Goa, which is a unique blend of richness and simplicity- the constantly recurring notes being struck by the fish and the coconut. Goa is also unique in the sense that this mixture of East and West co-exists in a friendly and peaceful lifestyle. The best of both worlds has been absorbed and knit into a culture very distinctly different from that of any other part of India. This is well reflected in its cuisine.

Day 01 – 05: Delhi

Day 06: Delhi – Goa (Flight)

Day 07 – 15:  Goa

Day 16 : Goa- Delhi

Day 17 : Delhi Departure

 

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Day 01,Arrival Delhi

Upon arrival in Delhi, our representative will meet you at the airport and assist you to the hotel. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. Evening proceed for welcome dinner @ Bukhara. O/N in hotel.
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Day 02,Delhi

After breakfast, proceed to Old Delhi for Heritage & Bazaar walk. Today you will experience cycle rickshaw ride in the busy ChandniChowk area, visit different markets like silver market, wedding market and spice market. Some street food testing (adventurous souls). Lunch at local restaurant. Later visit local homes and finally dinner in a Haveli (an old private mansion in the old city in which single family is living for generations) along with a company of a local English speaking friend. Return back to hotel. O/N in hotel.
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Day 03,Delhi

Morning free. Afternoon proceed for Culinary Demos at Indian Accent which is a quintessential cooking experience where Chef Manish Mehrotra takes you on a unique culinary experience comprises of a demonstration of 4 dishes and a 3 course lunch. We shall also provide you the recipes at the end of the session. O/N in hotel.
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Day 04,Delhi

After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Today you will visit Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, Presidential palace, Parliament house, Lotus Temple. Lunch @ Lodi Garden Restaurant. O/N in hotel.
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Day 05,Delhi

Whole day free for shopping day (with private shopping guide) and in the evening proceed to Kingdom of Dreams. O/N in hotel.
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Day 06,Delhi – Goa (Flight)

Meeting assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel for overnight stay. Rest of the day at leisure

Day 07,Goa

After an early breakfast we start this morning with a visit to the bustling local Mapusa market with your chef where you can see the fresh produce, talk with the spice merchants. Mapusa is synonymous with its Friday Market, including spices of all kinds. You get fresh fruit, mostly organically grown, is in abundance. That elusive smell that has your nose twitching is Goa's secret ingredient for all those wonderful sweet and sour curries - round lumps of seedless tamarind, or amot as it is known locally, in great demand in traditional Goan kitchens. The place is a riot of colour and noise. Goan women dressed in their colourful best, come in from surrounding villages to sell their locally grown or ‘manufactured wares, fried, or boiled, or added to an ordinary dish for extra zing. A walk through the lively market, gives the taste of the 'spirit' of the land of Goa. Goan women from the nearby villages gather to sell their wares. They brawl for a space in the shade of a building and finally settle underneath the shade of a hand-held umbrella if they fail to find any space. Goan customers prefer to buy fresh foodstuffs every few days, thus the Mapusa Market has plenty of fresh fish, a variety of locally produced vegetables, and exotic fruits from jackfruit and mangoes to plantain bananas. Pickles and preserves, spices, earthen pots, glass bangles, channa baskets coir mats, and the famous Goan 'chouricos' (ready spiced Goan pork sausages), dried fish and prawns, clothing, junk jewelry, and the famous Country liquor Later we will take you to the Tropical Spice Planation is located in keri (ponda), a village untouched by pollution, 6 km off ponda. Keri is a tiny village - a hamlet almost - that is known for its Ayurvedic treatments. Exploring Keri makes for a nice experience. The hustle and bustle of the city seems far away here, and the typical Goan rural architecture makes for amazing photographic objects. The scenic and green surroundings add to the charm. Tropical Spice Plantation is spread over large tract of verdant land, which offers the perfect setting for you to soak in a pure unadulterated nature. Mother nature has generously blessed this land with all the elements of a perfectly refreshing ambience. The cover of greens, the vegetation, the chirping of birds and the innocent and tranquil stream make it a breathtaking destination. The walk around the plantation, regaling you with information on various spices and there medicinal values. Black pepper Cardamom, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Cloves, Chillies, Coriander, at Tropical Spice Plantation you can yourself see all these spices grow. You will also be introduced to famous All Spices plant, which has aroma and taste of five spices. Around Spice Plantation you will see Goa's traditional Plantation, tropical trees like Cashew, Areca nut (Betel nut) palm trees and Tropical Fruit like Star fruit, Jack Fruit, Custard Apple, Bananas, Papayas, Pineapple. You can also see at least four different Citrus Fruits, Tropical Spice Plantation also has a few Coffee Plants, a rare sight in Goa. At Tropical Spice Plantation you can experience the thrill of watching a Kingfisher dive for his catch. Post of the visit you will served an exquisite Goan lunch in our open air restaurant, where no walls separate's you from nature. Food is served in a traditional manner on a Banana leaf, To keep your spirits high we serve Goa's world famous KajuFeni or Urraq (A lighter version of Feni). You have a choice of Rice / Pulav Traditional Fish Curry / Vegetable Curry, Fried Fish / Fried Potatoes, Chicken Xacuti, Veg Kurma, Papad and Lime Pickle, We offer fresh fruits along with traditional Goan dessert. Thereafter drive back to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Perhaps relax by the beach.

Day 08,Goa

Morning we will take to you to Rita half-day interactive Cookery workshop, Ritas Gourmet – Rita’s Gourmet Goa, a venture in culinary arts. Rita Shinde, born in Diu & brought up in Goa. She honed her skills in Goan cuisine from her mother, who would pelt out mouth-watering dishes. After her marriage into a Maharashtrian house and with interactions with family friends from various states of India she developed insight to various cuisines of different regions. Over the years she kept improvising herself by attending short cookery courses in various cuisines & bakery products. Her love to cook exotic dishes gave her hands-on in Portuguese, & Oriental cuisines as well. She prepared exotic cuisines and entertained her family members and friends which brought in appreciation and raves. This incited the idea to start a small venture in the field of culinary. She could finally combine her love for teaching and passion for food into a creative journey of the exciting world of culinary education. Thus, was born ‘Rita’s Gourmet Goa’. The thought of offering cookery classes in an eco-friendly and relaxed environment was long in mind. Rita introduced in her garden a lovely Gazebo amongst the lush green trees interspersed with pottery & stone work and ornamental plants to make it the right ambience to commence the cookery classes. Her aim is to bring the joy of cooking to the classroom by encouraging her students to experiment and have fun with the cooking process. Rita’s Gourmet Goa is a venture in culinary art where your kind host offers Cookery Classes in various cuisines such as Goan, Portuguese, as well as in Exotic Desserts. The garden features a lovely Gazebo amongst the lush green trees interspersed with pottery, wood, stonework and ornamental plants, making it the right ambience for our classes. On your arrival at Ritas Kitchen, you will taught and tasted followed by a wonderful meal. The workshop includes a breakfast on your arrival and visit to the local spice/vegetable market, or an introduction to spices at Rita's Gourmet itself. Here Rita’s introduces you to the basic ingredients that go into various cuisines but also guides you through the step by step journey in culinary preparation in an easy and understanding manner. The individual recipes at Rita’s Gourmet Goa are designed for you to take home skills and knowledge to remake your kitchen into a culinary workshop. A brief will also be given to the participants on how the different Masalas are prepared by blending different spices alongwith tips on preparing easy mouthwatering dishes with limited amount of spices. The class is great fun and the participants can look forward to a memorable culinary experience. Thereafter drive back to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Perhaps relax by the beach.

Day 09,Goa

Pudding After breakfast Visit old Goan bakeries. Goa has a long and vibrant tradition of bread-making. Popular local breads include uned (small, round and crispy breakfast rolls), pao (round buns) and pui (flat, pancake-like rolls). To taste, visit a local bakery like Panaji's family-run Confeitaria 31 De Janeiro, which is also one of the oldest in Goa. Besides bread, it has mouth-watering savoury patties and traditional sweets like dodo(an eggless cake of rice flour, coconut and jaggery), pinaca (balls of rice flour, coconut and jaggery) and doce (squares made with lentils, coconut and cardamom). Thereafter we will take you to the Jila Bakers, another veteran, operates out of an old house in Loutolim, and is widely considered to be one of the best bakeries in the state. Their breads, biscuits and pastries are made by hand and baked in a wood-fired oven, using traditional techniques. Try their melt-in-the-mouth cookies called suspiros, and the crisp and flaky heart-shaped fan biscuits. Here you will see the preparation of Bibincathe multi layered Goan cake that can be eaten at any time of the day. Put it in your chapatis and have it for breakfast, with ice cream or alone as a dessert, whichever way you prefer you know that you would want another slice of that delicious Bibinca once again. Get ready to learn how to make Bibinca, not just any Bibinca but the tastiest Bibinca you would ever eat. Of course unless you are cooking in a stone oven in Goa that is. This one is equally laborious and time consuming, but when it’s ready, you’re going to get a lot more love from anyone who bites into it. Thereafter drive back to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Perhaps relax by the beach.

Day 10,Goa

After having leisurely breakfast, we will take you to the famous kitchen which know as Panaji's Mum's Kitchen, since 1997, Mum's Kitchen has progressively served rare examples of the cuisine of Goa; it's a growing movement striving to save the Goan cuisine from extinction. This place is also a tribute to "Mothers" from far flung corners of Goa for having contributed In compiling exclusive traditional recipes, the result being a range of food so exquisite it's a testimony to the rich Goan culture. Mum's Kitchen, offers a mix of familiar dishes like xacuti (a curry with coconut, spices and poppy seeds), balchao (a fiery tomato-chilli curry) and cafreal (fried chicken marinated with spices). Its menu comprises of traditional recipes, which have been sourced from Hindu, Christian and Portuguese families from all over Goa. Another good bet in Panaji is Ritz Classic, whose Goan Fish Thali offers seafood delights such as prawn curry, prawn kishmur, crab masala and shellfish with coconut. Thereafter drive back to your hotel. Later in the evening we will take you to the home style cooking at Bhatti Village in Nerul, where you won't find a menu but will be assured of fresh and flavorful food and warm Goan hospitality.This is a family owned and operated restaurant in a typical Goan house (lovely display of antique utensils and liquor bottles of different shapes and colors) in the village of Nerul which is not easy to find. Although it's not in the tourist area. Here you will have real differentiator is the taste of their food. The Rava fried Roe is fabulous and all of their fish entrees and have a local flavor you just don't get in the fancy restaurants. Here you will try the Pork roast (done to perfection) and the Sausage Chilly fry with Pulao both of which were tasty and authentic Goan preparations. Later drive to hotel for overnight stay
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Day 11,Goa

After breakfast we will take you to have the Authentic Goan Portuguese Cuisine at O COQUEIRO O COQUEIROis the first Chicken Cafreal in Goa was served in Coqueiro. Coqueiro bagged an International Award for Excellence in Cuisine. It picked up this accolade from the International Wine & Food Society, UK. The restaurant is the top Choice for Goan Portuguese Food in Goa. The authentic Goan cuisine, the unrivalled service and its native open decor and ambience ensure an unforgettable outing. Way back in 1968, a small eating joint originated with simple Goan fare, only to be made famous by Chef GinesViegas when he returned from East Africa. O' Coqueiro (pronounced as oo-cu-ke-ru) is the Portuguese word for coconut tree. The restaurant is housed in an old Portuguese-style ancestral bungalow. It has a tiled roof and the place looks rather grand compared to the food shacks up on the beach. Quite like a sprawling Goan ancestral home. Today the most Goan preparations have one main ingredient - the coconut. The Portuguese called this nut after the famous witch of that period...coco. Here you will have experience of cooking demonstration with Chef which is the Specialities of this restaurants - • Chicken Cafereal • Tiger Prawns • Lobsters • Chilli Recheado Masala After lunch, drive back to your hotel. Rest of the day is at your leisure probably at beach
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Day 12,Goa

Goa Today full day at leisure probably at beach Evening we will take you to the Mackies Saturday Nite bazar which is only open on every Saturday Mackies Saturday Nite bazarwhich isLocated on the banks of river Baga, at Arpora- Baga, Goa and open on every Saturday 6.00 p.m. onwards, when sun is about to set till late at night. People from different parts of the world meet in a simple, warm and friendly atmosphere where traditional Goan sense of hospitality exists.Walk through the lanes of colourful oriental artisan bazaar, go from one stall to another and surprise yourself with wide range of products.This market is lined with stalls selling a wide range of souvenirs and gift items. There are also several eating joints offering lip-smacking delicacies from various cuisines. Undoubtedly, a naturally beautiful place to relax, surrounded by river flowing along its boundary and salt water lake forms the internal side, amidst coconut grooves where you tend to forget everything. There is a dance floor for those who like to dance to your favourite music played by live bands. Also amuse yourself to breath-taking performances by Indian/ international artist like acrobats, fire dancer/ Jugglers, Oriental belly dancers and many more that makes your visit to mackies, a memorable one. Later came back to hotel for overnight hotel

Day 13,Goa

After breakfastwe will take you to the Dudhsagar Plantationwhere you can learn the preparation of world famous local liquor Goa’s FENI. There are 2 types of Feni’s Cashew feni and Coconut feni. Cashew feni is distilled out of the juice of the cashew apples, whereas Coconut Feni is distilled from the toddy collected of the coconut trees. The traditional method of making cashew feni is by the pot still method. The Aroma of Feni is an integral part of the drink, it is generally preferred straight up (with a squeeze of lime) or mixed with soda or 7-Up (Sprite) or Cola. It is also a versatile base that can be used for many cocktails. Just as much as the best wines and white spirits have their base in natural products, so too does feni. Scotch is a product of barley and, of course, the unique water of the Scottish lakes, and Champagne a product of the finest grapes of the Champagne district in France, so is Feni the pure fermented juice of the cashew apple and there is just as much romance and ritual to the growing, harvesting and distillation of Feni. While the Cashew tree is native to South America, it was introduced to Goa by the Portuguese a few hundred years ago. But the uniquely fruity flavored Feni and it’s equally if not more delicious ‘little brother’ Urak were invented here in Goa (Feni was recently awarded Geographical Indication status as a specialty alcoholic beverage from Goa). Cashew is a hardy crop that can make do with little or no irrigation. Hence, it’s often grown on rocky slopes or hills where it’s difficult to cultivate other crops. In Goa, the Cashew season runs roughly from March to May. To produce high quality liquor, only the fully ripe Cashew fruits are collected. Juice is extracted manually by trampling the fruits with the feet. The juice is then fermented for two to three days before the first cycle of destillation. This yields Urak, a comparatively light alcoholic beverage – which we use to make our special longdrink ‘Jungle Juice’. Urak is further distilled to produce the stronger Feni
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Day 14,Goa (Time to Relax)

Full day at leisure probably on beach
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Day 15,Goa (Time to Relax)

Full day at leisure probably on beach

Day 16,Goa- Delhi

In time departure transfer to airport to board the flight for Delhi. On arrival transfer to hotel near to Airport. Overnight at hotel

Day 17,Delhi Departure

In time departure transfer to international airport to board the flight for onward journey

Additional Info

  • Duration : 16 Nights / 17 Days
  • Highlights: Delhi, Goa

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