Mishmar’s Goan Fish Curry

While I’ve been here in the Majorda region of Goa, I’ve been spending an awful lot of time eating the food served at a beach hut called Mishmar’s. Absolutely everything I’ve tried has been delicious, but nothing more than their Goan Fish Curry.

…Finally, after days of asking, I’ve bullied the recipe out of them!

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Ingredients

(For one)

  • 50g of coconut flakes
  • One or two green chillis (or more! Or less… It’s to your taste)
  • A teaspoon of red chilli powder
  • A teaspoon and a bit of dried coriander
  • 400g of chopped tomatoes
  • One onion, chopped
  • Two teaspoon of crushed ginger
  • One cardamom
  • A good slab of King Fish (or whatever fish you prefer)

1. Pop the coconut, green chillis, red chilli powder, crushed coriander and chopped tomatoes in a blender, and blend into a paste.

2. In a sauce pan, brown the onion and ginger together with a little oil. Then add the cardamom and your prepared paste, and stir together on a high heat for 5 minutes, then reduce the heat.

3. In a large frying pan, gently cook your fish. Then increase the heat and through in your sauce from the sauce pan. Toss together for a few minutes.

4. Boom, you’ve done it.

Today, I taught a little girl to spell her name

Monday 23 March

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And she lit up like a star for it!

This really is a fascinating volunteer project. Our classroom consists only of a small little hut on the beach. There’s no electric, so no fan, no air conditioning which in 32c heat makes things VERY challenging!

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But I feel both my work and my presence are welcome here, and I do feel I’m helping these kids. I just wish I could stay here helping for longer! 4 days seems a bit rubbish!

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The classroom hut is surrounded by the homes of the families, which are very small and built from driftwood and dead tree branches.

After class, one family invited us to their home, where we had a conversation via a translator. What an incredible story they had! They both had relocated to Goa recently from slums elsewhere, to try and create a better income and better life for their children, by selling fish caught by the father. They said they still weren’t happy in their life, and who could blame them, but every day they will keeping thinking and thinking, thinking of new ways to improve their life. Their dream, they said, is that their son, who is now four, will be able to go to school when he turns six, and get a good job in the future.

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I really do hope for them.

On another note, today also had a celebration attached to it.

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Diana turned 22!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIANA!

I hope you’re muito muito feliz!

Welcome to Paradise.

Sunday 22nd March

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Goa is a wonderful place! The people are more friendly, it’s more diverse and extremely hot! We’ve had a welcome weekend to be as lazy as we like (no temples, no mountain climbs, nothing!!) so have been spending almost 24 hours a day on Majorda Beach eating at Mishmar’s. The food here is delicious, and I’ve been particularly impressed by all the variety of fish caught right here each morning!

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 Talk about fresh!

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So far I’ve indulged in a variety of delights

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The famous and coveted Goan Fish Curry is something I’ve been excited to try for a while, and it didn’t disappoint! I loved every mouthful!

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Now to work on charming the recipe out of them.

Tomorrow begins our volunteering. We’re all going separate ways on different projects this time, and I will be working in The Fisherman’s Village in Colva, teaching the children while the parents work. I’m a little nervous after my last experience of this in Jaipur, but let’s see how it goes!

Here I Goa!

Friday 20th March

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After a chilly week in beautiful Palampur, it’s time for some sun! We’re now on our way to Goa, where we’ll have a few days of free time, then will be spending the rest of the week volunteering before going our separate ways at the end of the week. Only two hours and 15 minutes of flying and then I’m getting my sun blanket on…