A Traveler's Food Diary - Agonda Beach, Goa

The Agonda beach at South Goa is a study in contrast to most of the other beaches in Goa. Quiet and peaceful, it offers a great opportunity to rejuvenate in its serenity. We stayed in Hangout Agonda, a set of cottages right at the northern end of the beach. Our beach hut was right on the sand with a full view of the beach.

Foodaholix Hangout Agonda Beach Huts
Hangout Agonda Beach Huts

Foodaholix Agonda Grilled Sea Bass
Grilled Sea Bass in butter and garlic sauce

The added attraction of the place is its beachside restaurant with mouth watering seafood varieties. There is lot of excitement among the guests about the live catch – normally an assortment of fresh lobsters, sea bass, red snapper and other varieties of fish. We went for a whole sea bass grilled in a butter garlic marinade, served in a bed of rice, veggies and French fries.

Foodaholix Agonda Mackarel Recheado
Mackarel Recheado

The Goan cuisine here is also a must have.  My favorite here was Mackerel Recheado. Recheado, the Goan masala paste used for stuffing inside the fish contains among others red chilies, vinegar and select spices. It was served with salad and few pieces of raw mango. The Goan Prawn Curry, a red curry with fresh prawns with a coconut base and garnished with coriander. It went well with rice.

Foodaholix Agonda Calamari in Goan Sauce
Calamari in Goan sauce

Fresh squids or Calamari is available abundantly in the locality. We tried a few preparations of the same, including one using recheado masala, as well as the crispy fried variety.

Foodaholix Agonda Goa Mixed Seafood Fry
Mixed Seafood Fry

But my favorite was a Mixed Seafood Fry, which was basically fresh prawns and squid fried in masala with select veggies like capsicum and tomato.

Foodaholix Agonda Goa Beer Battered Prawns
Beer Battered Prawns

In the evening, Beer Battered Prawns were a perfect foil to the local Cashew Fenny.

Foodaholix Agonda Goa Cashew Fruit
Cashew Fruit

On a boat trip down the river to the backwaters, we came across a large cashew apple. The boatman split the fruit into four parts – and we all could taste the bitter sweet fruit. The cashew nut is the seed at the bottom of the fruit.

Foodaholix Agonda Goa Chicken Steak
Chicken Steak

A walk down the red kuccha lanes of the Agonda village, led us to The Meat Factory - part of the Agonda Palace hotel.  It was time for some good Chicken Steak with pepper sauce.

Foodaholix Agonda Goa Chicken Steak Mixed Seafood Grill
Mixed Seafood Grill

Seafood platter- containing fish, prawn and squids served with rice and French fries was also delicious.

Foodaholix Agonda Goa Gomantak Thali
Gomantak Thali

The vibrant Palolem beach which is around 10 kms from Agonda is a must visit. We stopped by a small local restaurant on the way for a GomantakThali. The Thali has fish curry, cocum juice garnished with chilies and coriander (which tasted like rasam), and couple of veggies, one of which was the red saag, which we also love in Bengal. It also had the Goan Fish Rawa Fry – a large fillet of fish coated with rawa and fried.

Foodaholix Agonda Goa Sea Shell Masala
Sea Shell Masala

Another non-vegetarian item in the thali was the Sea Shell Masala. Sea Shells cooked in Goan masala.  One needs to eat the little sea shell meat with the masala and discard the shells.

Foodaholix Agonda Goa Pork Vindaloo
Pork Vindaloo

Our delightful trip ended in no time. On our way to Panjim from Agonda, we did not miss out on Pork Vindaloo in a shack near Colva beach.

Address: Hangout Agonda Beach Huts,
Agonda Beach North, Goa
Telephone: 09930048186

Also see :  A Traveler's Food Diary
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  1. Got to try this beach the next time we are in Goa. And the food too, of course.

  2. Mouthwatering foods... always loved the spicy Goan foods. :)