Goan tea-time delicacies you can't afford to miss

Abigail Crasto

In Goan households, there's this delicious tradition wherein tea is often accompanied by something sweet. Some of these sweet eats are ...

Goa| Tea time| Sweets | Tradition| | Photo: Rohan Fernandes


This soft, melt-in-the-mouth Goan-style pancake consists of a stuffing made of coconut and palm jaggery. Additionally, adding food colour to the batter makes for some vibrant crêpes that are enjoyed by all.

Goa| Tea time| Alle belle |Colorful | | Photo: Abigail Crasto


This moist cake is a classic Goan delight that doesn't need any frosting. Made with coconut and semolina, it's usually prepared during Christmas. However, you'll find Goans relishing it at tea breaks, too.

Goa| Tea time |Cake |Goan Baath | | Photo: Abigail Crasto


Sheera is a simple, delicious sweet made from semolina, ghee and sugar. Its rich and flavourful taste makes it a tea-time favourite of almost every Goan.

Goa| Tea time| Sheera | Semolina| | Photo: Abigail Crasto


These yummy pancakes, or Goan style banana fritters, are made using jaggery, eggs, maida and ripe bananas. They are prepared and enjoyed as a tea-time snack in many Goan homes.

Goa| Tea time| Filos | Banana| | Photo: Abigail Crasto


This is a preparation, made of broken wheat and other simple ingredients which are found in any Goan kitchen. This traditional tea-time sweet is often mistaken for sheera; however, it differs in texture and flavour.

Goa| Tea time| Doce bhaji| Sweet| | Photo: Abigail Crasto


A pairing that goes well in Goan sweets is freshly grated coconut and palm jaggery. Goans add it to boiled, sliced sweet potatoes to make an excellent tea-time snack. It's, both, easy to prepare and nutritious, too.

Goa| Tea time| Sweet potatoes | Coconut and Jaggery| | Photo: Abigail Crasto

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