What Is Goan Feijoada, The Dish With Flavoursome Fusion Of Portuguese & Indian Cuisine? Recipe Inside!

by Tejashee Kashyap
What Is Goan Feijoada, The Dish With Flavoursome Fusion Of Portuguese & Indian Cuisine? Recipe Inside!

Goa is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines. Its rich history as a former Portuguese colony has left an indelible mark on its culinary landscape. One of the most delectable dishes that emerged from this cultural fusion is Goan Feijoada. This sumptuous dish showcases the perfect blend of Portuguese flavours with Indian spices.

What Makes Feijoada A Hearty Meal?

Feijoada originated in Portugal as a hearty stew made with beans and pork traditionally served as a celebratory dish. When the Portuguese colonised Goa in the 16th century, they brought along their culinary traditions, including Feijoada. Moreover, the combination of tender beans and succulent pork creates a harmonious texture.

Over time, Goan cooks began infusing it with their spices and ingredients, resulting in a unique Goan adaptation of the dish.No Goan feast is complete without the addition of coconut. Coconut milk is often incorporated into Goan Feijoada. This lends a creamy and mildly sweet undertone that complements the spiciness of the dish. Goan red chilies, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and mustard seeds infuse the stew with their distinct flavours, imparting a fiery kick and an aromatic fragrance.

At its core, Goan Feijoada revolves around two main ingredients: beans and pork. Black-eyed peas or kidney beans are commonly used, although variations may include other types of legumes. The pork component includes a medley of smoked sausages, bacon, and salted pork, lending a rich and savoury taste to the dish.

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How To Cook Feijoada At Home

Goan Feijoada
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Feijoada is typically associated with Brazilian cuisine, but the Goan version has its unique twist. Additionally, here’s a recipe to make Goan Feijoada:


  • 1 cup black-eyed beans, soaked overnight and drained
  • 250 grams pork, cut into small pieces (you can use a mix of pork ribs, sausage, and bacon)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves, chopped (for garnish)
  • Vegetable oil for cooking


  • Heat oil in a large pot or pressure cooker over medium heat.
  • Add the chopped onion and minced garlic. Sauté until the onion becomes translucent.
  • Add the pork pieces to the pot and cook until they start to brown.
  • Now, add turmeric powder, chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, and black pepper powder.
  • Mix well and cook for a minute to release the flavours.
  • Add the soaked black-eyed beans to the pot and stir them with the spices and meat.
  • Pour enough water to cover the beans and meat. If using a pressure cooker, close the lid and cook for about 20-25 minutes or until the beans are tender. If using a regular pot, cover and simmer for about 1-2 hours until the beans are cooked through.
  • Once the beans are tender, add tamarind paste and salt to taste. Adjust the seasoning according to your preference.
  • Simmer the feijoada for an additional 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavours to meld together.
  • Serve the Goan Feijoada hot, garnished with fresh coriander leaves. It is traditionally enjoyed with steamed rice or bread.

Whether you’re a culinary adventurer or simply a lover of good food, Goan Feijoada is a must-try experience!

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