The Delicious Goan (Chouriço) Sausage

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:

1. DRY

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.

2. WET

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.

3. SKIN

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.

Goan-Sausages

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!).

Goan Sausage Cooked

WHERE TO FIND GOAN SAUSAGES

Relatives of ours in North Goa go to Mapusa Market (which has more variety on Friday). In the South, the city of Margao has two places (also shown on this map):

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.

COST?

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.

Goan Sausages KTC Fish Market MargaonGoan Sausages at KTC Fish Market Margaon.

Have you tried Goan sausages?

Do you know other places to buy them?  We would love to hear of your thoughts or experiences.

5 Comments

  1. Sabina 24 November, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    Please could you advise the:
    1) The distance from Dabolim airpot to KTC Market in Margao.
    2) The cost for the taxi from Dabolim to KTC Market in Margao.
    3) Shortest destination / way to reach Panjim from Margao and cost by Taxi, bike and public bus

  2. Jason Leonardo 22 February, 2016 at 10:22 pm #

    David,

    This is great information. I grew up eating Portuguese Chourico in the US and now live in Pune. I wish I would have read this BEFORE I left Margao today. I went to Gandhi Market and was not impressed. As I was driving back to Pune we stopped at Inox to use the bathroom. I didn’t realize I was right next to the KTC market!! I guess next time I come down in March we will get the good stuff!!

  3. MrsAlexandra Best 18 May, 2017 at 12:22 am #

    I want to know were in Chelmsford I can get goan sausages

    • Debbie Waumsley 24 May, 2017 at 9:13 am #

      Haha Alexandra, I have no clue. Do let us know too if you discover a shop around those areas.

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