Goan chouriços sausages are extremely popular with the Catholic population of Goa. They’re absolutely delicious, but many visitors to Goa don’t know about them.
What are Goan Chouriços?
Simply they are Portuguese Chouriços, but with an Indian masala. The ingredients include pork, pork fat, chilli, garlic, ginger, cumin and turmeric and they are filled into pig intestines. They come in three varieties:
Which are dried in the sun for a minimum of 3 days, but the longer – the longer they can be stored. Our favourites are the 5 inch long saugages which have more masala and less fat, but you can get 1 inch versions which have less masala. Both are actually quite fatty, but all the Catholic Goans I know love pork fat.
Is the same as dried, but you guessed it without the drying/preserving process. We have not seen these made larger than an inch. We don’t buy these as they are no good for our relatives who want to transport them on the over night train back to Mumbai.
These are mainly fat and skin and are cooked, but not dried. These are also the small size and can be identified by the extra shine on their skin.
For me, these are the tastiest sausages ever. They give you a real sense of feeling warmed and satisfied, but you must like your food quite spicy to enjoy these.
EASY TO COOK
You will find most Catholic Goan’s who have these sausages in their homes as they make an easy meal for surprise guests. Like regular sausages they just need pan frying and are a tasty meal just served with rice or bread. If you have a few more minutes add onion, tomatoes and boiled rice to make a Goa Sausage Pulao. We prefer them cooked without the rice (as below) and eaten with chipattis. Here’s what Debbie made earlier (see the fat!).
WHERE TO FIND GOAN SAUSAGES
The KTC Fish market near the Bus terminal. This takes you a little out of Margao going north, but has a great selection of fish, meat, fruit and vegetable. There are also other shops and banks nearby.
Gandhi Market. This is smaller with a mix of everything. It’s more convenient if you are in Margao, but not so good in our view for sausages. In fact you have to go to KTC for large sausages.
This is not easy to answer as prices seem to be going up all the time, but recently they were Rs. 500 a kilo for long sausages and Rs.250 for 100 small sausages in Margaon.
Have you tried Goan sausages?
Do you know other places to buy them? We would love to hear of your thoughts or experiences.