Mormugao, India

March 27, 2012

Mormugao is the main port in the formerly Portuguese state of Goa, and also a city.  The city you encounter immediately upon leaving the port is Vasco da Gama, which was planned and built in the early 20th century.  Mormugao (the British called it Marmagoa) is further inland, where two rivers cross.  This is our second visit to Mormugao.

The excursion we chose was called ‘Culinary Goa’.  The tour was to include a trip to the market, a cooking demonstration followed by lunch at a private home, and then a tour of the city as we made our way back to the port.

We boarded a bus and headed into Panjim City, where we stopped at the local market.  We met Chef Lisa there, and she and our tour guide Lisa, showed us around the market.  The plan was to buy some of the ingredients needed for the cooking demonstration and introduce us to the market at the same time.  We entered the market through the fish market, which had more Indian House Crows than people.  The crows were on alert for anything that might come their way or that they might steal.  Inside the market building were the produce vendors and the spice vendors.  The produce vendors were wholesalers from other areas.  

When we went out the other end of the building we encountered the local sellers who were selling the things they grow in their gardens.  Much of the produce was unfamiliar to us.

The market was a very busy place.  Once the purchases were completed we headed out into the countryside to the home of a graceous couple who allowed us to use their house (see photo below).  She is an artist, while her husband is a fitness instructor.  They have a beautiful, spacious  two story home, surrounded by simple gardens.  The cooking demonstration took place on the patio, which had been set up to provide shade.  The only air conditioning in the house was windows.

The cooking demonstration was done by Lisa and her business partner and fellow chef, Premila, with our tour guide Lisa helping out as needed.  Premila and Chef Lisa have a catering business.

The lunch we had was delicious, and they also gave us the recipes for the three dishes that were demonstrated:  Chapati (Indian flat bread), Prawn Caldinha, and the Potato Bhaji pictured here

There are other things to see and do in Mormugao.  It is definitely a place one can visit several times and still find new things to do.

There are lots of additional photos in the album.

                                            The house we visited for the cooking class

© Susan L. Stone 2015