You haven't had the taste of what drool-worthy snacks are unless you've tried some Goan & Parsi treats. Let us tell you why. When it comes to celebrations, nobody does it better than these two. The extensive spread of food, and spirit among the people, their music, dance, booze and vibe just sets the mood right for any and every festivity.
Every celebration is better in Goa. Diwali or Narak Chaturdasi, as the Goans call it, is at the very heart of their culture. Everyone is getting ready and making plans for several rites and customs to be carried out in the days leading up to the festival.
As for the food goes, snacks are plentiful in Goan households during festivals. There’s the ever-present churmure – a sweet-spicy mixture of rice crispies or cornflakes, jaggery, peanuts, & spices; the crispy chakli, and the sweet shankarpali.
The Goans consume karit, a bitter fruit, before any sweets to represent the concept that good triumphs over evil. Additionally, it is thought that performing this act helps one let go of last year's bitterness and go on to welcome the new year with a sweetness of hope. Along with performing pujas and lighting up their homes and neighbourhoods, Goans also enjoy eating poha on Diwali.
You should know that Goan households cook five unique varieties of poha on this day, collectively known as "fov."
1. Doodhantle Fov is a milky and sweet beaten rice recipe. The flakes of the poha are dunked in a pot full of milk and cooked together with sugar.
2. Bataat Fov is made with onions and potatoes, and the beaten rice is spruced up with several spices.
3. Dhaiyanche Fov is a curd and poha combination. It is a treat to the taste buds.
4. Roosantle Fov is washed beaten rice cooked with coconut milk and jaggery.
5. Kalayille Fov is an extension of the roosantle fov, wherein desiccated coconut is used in place of coconut milk, along with jaggery and spices like turmeric, mustard seeds etc.
Diwali in Goa isn’t just a single-day affair. It’s a celebration that brings in light and festivities that continue through the month that follows.
Now, let's get into the Bawajis' style of celebrating Diwali!
Parsis are all about throwing extravagant parties. One that will never run out of booze and finger-lickin' food. They know how to entertain their guests. Their humour is what adds fun to all kinds of celebrations. So it is only natural that they bring the best to the table.
For them, the main focus of this celebration is families getting together to play cards, munch on appetizers, and indulge in sweets. For each of the five days of the Diwali festival, there is a variety of delicious delicacies
Here are 5 worth trying rare Parsi sweet treats this Diwali
1. Ravo just like sheera is made with milk and generous servings of dry fruits and ghee.
2. Dar Ni Pori is the Parsi equivalent of the British scone.
3. Mithoo Dahi is made with rich buffalo milk, this yoghurt is liberally sprinkled with sugar and is set into miniature cups.
4. Dudh no Puff is a chilled milk froth with the undertone of cardamom and nutmeg.
5. Lagan Nu Custard ice cream is made with chunks of Lagan Nu Custard frozen between a creamy vanilla and nutmeg base.
To accompany tea, there is always some Chapat, a type of Parsi crepe, or Bhakra, and at night, dessert consists of three courses: chocolates, pudding or cake, and copious amounts of dry fruits.
Diwali is celebrated by Parsis and Goans with equal gusto as compared to Navroz & Christmas. It is a festival of light, the victory of good over evil, or as we like to call it- it is a reminder that food will overcome all your problems, and that is exactly what we are here to do for you!