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Sunday, August 28, 2011

GOA STREET FOOD: Aloo chat, vada pao knock beef cutlets off menu!

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Panaji: Delhi`s aloo chat, Mumbai`s vada pao and Kolkata`s kathi rolls have challenged Goan street food on its own turf.

Street fare like beef cutlets and pork sausage bread, popularly consumed in copious proportions here, have been knocked off the menu at a pan India street food festival held at the Cidade de Goa resort on the outskirts of Panaji.

According to chef Prashant Paul, who has conceived and executed the `A la Carte Street bites` at the resort, the predominant reliance on meats like beef and pork in street food goodies here makes its street food unique, but not very popular as far as mainstream tourists coming to Goa are concerned.

The street fare which has been selectively sampled from street food menus from Avadh, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and southern regions, however, also has a Goan flavour, albeit without the red meat and pork preparations which are carted along the roads, highways and in market places in rural and urban Goa.

"A lot of people might not find beef and pork palatable," Paul told reporters, adding that Goan specialties like chicken caffreal (juicy pieces of chicken stewed in green gravy), pao (a locally made bread), ras omelette (omelette immersed in spicy chicken gravy) were on offer.

"Tourists who come to Goa, especially from north India, stay away from red meats and pork," he said.

From a total tourism inflow of more than 2.5 million a year, Goa receives a large section of tourists from Gujarat, Karnataka and regions in northern India where beef and pork dishes do not find mention on most menus.

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