Pao was traditionally made in a wood-fired oven made of clay, giving it a very unique flavour and taste.
And if not for the poder (bread maker), bread would never reach your doorstep. While the humble cycle is their primary mode of transportation, now many use motorcycles and some even cars.
Goan bakeries are known for their different types of breads like katre pao, poie (also known as bhakri), unnde, kaknam or kakon and many other tempting varieties.
Made of whole wheat, poie is one of the healthy options to other breads, making it a preferred choice for older folks.
Katre pao (bread with a cut on top) is one of the crusty offerings. This bread is baked to golden perfection and goes off the shelf faster than the other varieties.
Shaped like a bangle, this hard bread, similar to a toast, goes will with soups, and in Goan homes parents offer it to their young ones, who are delighted by its shape and crustiness.
Goa's pao-bhaji is another unique offering. Both pao-bhaji complement each other and one is incomplete without the other.