Tomorrow is Diwali and the Goans all over the world will be making different types of Fov/Poha/Avalakki. Various types of dishes that we make with beaten rice are potato poha/bataat fov, buttermilk poha (takanche fov), curd poha (dhai fov), jaggery poha, coconut milk poha (nalla rosanche fov), sugar poha (sakhar fov) etc. My mother in law makes all these varieties of beaten rice on this Diwali day.
Along with this we also make chana oosali and hog-plum chutney. All these dishes are Diwali special and makes a typical Goan Diwali breakfast. The various poha varieties are cooked and kept ready right before the “Aarthi” or “Dive” as we Goans say. Soon after the “aarthi” of the men and kids in the house, the married ladies serve these poha varieties to everyone at their home.
One night before Diwali i.e. on Narka Chaturthi, we Goans get to witness the burning of demon Narkasur’s effigy and Narkasur competitions across the state. There are competitions between Lord Krishna and Deamon Narkasur and Lord Krishna finally kills the demon. After the completion everyone proceeds to their homes and lights the skylamp outside their homes.
Read this post to know more about how we Goans celebrate Diwali and top 5 beaten rice recipes.