In Goa, we make different types of “fodi” or rava fried vegetables. These are a perfect replacement to fish on our veg days, like Mondays and Thursdays. The rava friend plantain recipe shared here today is a traditional Konkani recipe and I am sure every Goan makes these. Apart from this, you can also make Plantain cutlets and they too taste yumm.
In Goa, whenever we have any festival or religious function, we make these rava fried dishes. Just like in Kerala, we too serve our pure veg meals on a banana leaf and we eat the food by sitting on the floor.
Recently I saw a group of ladies celebrating Onam and just seeing those pictures took me back to my childhood. In childhood, we used to have lot of relatives in our house during festivals. Given the fact that there were atleast 25 people in my house, imagine how many relatives and family friends we would have. Relatives from extended families and family friends would come home and after the pooja all used to savour the food/prasadam.
Food would be served on banana leaves and people would consume the food by sitting on the floor. Some people would only serve food and all the guests would be served in a line. People would be served in batches. After the 1st batch finished eating, the 2nd batch would start eating the food and the 1st batch people would serve them. It used to be real fun. I am feeling so nostalgic now. I feel I can smell the food cooked by a special cook who would come to cook food for these many people . He would cook on wood and the entire backyard used to be filled with smoke.
If you go to temples you would still get to experience such a wonderful thing.