Finding a good dish of mutton in Goa is like hitting the jackpot! These are my top five picks for the best mutton preparations in town- I know I’ve walked through their doors more times than I can count!
1)Masala House, Porvorim
Savour utterly divine Dora Kebabs at Masala House – a melt-in-your-mouth composition of spiced minced lamb wrapped around a wooden skewer and chargrilled for a robust, smoky flavour. You can never go wrong with kebabs and this is proof! The Mutton Tariwala is another hit dish. The choicest cuts of lamb are bathed in a spicy home-style curry, an aromatic mixture of hand pounded spices topped with ginger juliennes.
Location: House No. 821, Alto Porvorim, NH17, 403521 Porvorim, India
When it comes to authentic Bohra fare in Goa, few eateries can match the flavour of Thaal. Their mutton preparation is phenomenal but I’d say the Raan and Mutton Nihari stole the show. The Raan is a dish fit for the kings and you need to order it 24 hours in advance. A whole leg of mutton is marinated and slow barbecued in a blend of the finest Indian spices and served on a bed of aromatic biryani. The Mutton Nihari, on the other hand, is a heavenly stew of tender mutton simmered for up to four hours in a melange of spices. This is a ticket to flavour heaven!
Location: K15, kegdevelim, Reis Magos, Goa 403114
This Turkish delicacy is quickly taking the Goan public over by storm. The Adana Kebab is a Turkish delight of Minced mutton imbued with spices, red pepper and roasted over a charcoal grill. From experience I can guarantee you’ll be asking for second and third helpings in no time!
Location: House No 134, Mae de Deus vaddo, Sangolda, Goa 403511
Contact: 89564 31134
4)The Great Punjab, Assagao
The Great Punjab in Assagao does their North Indian food impeccably. They a plethora of preparation certain to thrill your palate but the Mutton Rogan Josh merits a visit by itself. Tender pieces of mutton cooked in their own juice with fragrant spices, this is heaven on a plate! The Mutton Roast Masala too, is slow-cooked over a fire to ensure the spices sizzle through, is a flavour party!
Location: 345/1, Munang Vado, Assagao, Bardez 403507 Goa, Assagao, Goa 403507
Contact: 74474 77502
5)The Awadh House, Panjim
A kebab in a league of its own, the #GaloutiKebab from The Awadh House in Panjim is a melt-in-the-mouth delight made by mixing minced mutton with all of 150 exotic spices served on a fresh-of-the pan tawa paratha. Rich, creamy and aromatic, kebabs have never looked more royal.
Location: House No 9/98 Boca de Vaca, near Talaulikar Hospital, Panaji, Goa 403001
Contact: 93075 07688