Khatkhate is a mixed vegetable stew made in Goa. It is also pronounced as Khatkhatem and is a popular dish in Goa. It is made during all festivals and religious occasions. A festival or an occasion would be incomplete without khatkhatem. This stew is very nutritious as it is made with different vegetables. The mixed vegetable stew is made without oil. Yes! It is a zero oil recipe and does not contain onion and garlic. It is vegan too.
Khatkhate is similar to avial made in Kerala. In Goa yogurt is not added to the mixed vegetable stew. Different types of vegetables like raw jackfruit, beetroot, grams, raw banana, colocasia root (arbi), ridge gourd, pumpkin, cucumber, radish, corn on cob, sweet potato and drumstick can be added to make this Goan mixed vegetable curry. You can add any combination of vegetables which retains its structure after cooking. Even carrots, cauliflower and French beans can be added. Cucumber, colocasia, ridgegourd and pumpkin are a must. Any leftover vegetable can be added.
Khatkhate is loaded with proteins and vitamins, this is a no onion and no garlic stew made with mixed vegetables.
We don’t add brinjal, lady fingers, amla, ash gourd, bitter gourd and leafy vegetables to this stew. Addition of lady fingers makes this dish slimy and should be avoided. Similarly brinjal should not be added because it becomes mushy while cooking. Bitter gourd should not be added as it makes the curry bitter. Onion and garlic should not be added to this curry. Khatkhate is meant to be a pure veg dish.
Khatkhate is served with rice or puris. We don’t add kokum to this stew. Sugar or jaggery should be added to this curry. Addition of jaggery makes this dish tasty. Teffal berry or teffal fruit is a must and without this the dish is incomplete.