Food Specialities of Alibag
Food is the source of one’s sustenance and the most important thing for our daily lifestyle. The food habits for each region are different based on the ecology of that place. India can be considered as a mix of varied cuisine, all of which have their unique taste of local spices and the raw materials available in that region. Moreover while on a vacation the most important indulgence of any Indian is to try and enjoy an eventful culinary experience.
Alibag being a small coastal town on the Konkan belt is largely influenced by the Konkan cuisine, which mostly comprises of seafood. Rice is the staple food which is generally clubbed with variety of vegetables, fish and coconut. Here coconut is generally grated with the curry or coconut milk is used. Locals do not prefer cooking in the coconut oil. Use of peanuts, cashew nuts and Kokum fruits are in abundance in any Alibag fare. Tourists can enjoy the soft and succulent taste of the vegetables dipped in various local spices and tamarind mix.
Fishes are found in abundance due to the proximity of the sea. One can enjoy tasty Fried and Masala Prawns, Bombay duck (locally called Bombil) fries or tasty curries and a local Oyster preparation. This preparation locally known as “Tesriya” is a favourite food of the region and among tourists. Tesriya is cooked in a rich garlic paste and Kokum gravy. This cooking has to be perfected over time so that the oysters don’t loose their softness and juiciness with cooking. Another popular food of the region is the Masala Garlic Crab. Tourists will be amazed to see a full crab with its shell intact on their plates, but the meat inside is perfectly cooked with local herbs and spices.
Among all the ingredients, jaggery and tamarind is often used in any vegetable dish. A special “Kala Masala”, popularly used in all Marathi dishes adds up to make the dishes spicy. “Pachadi” is another typical cuisine of the region. The recipe of this dish involves Brinjals (Eggplant), tender Mangoes, Coconut and Jaggery. The unique sweet and sour taste of the brinjals is what liked by the foodies.
Vada Pao, Misal, Onion fries are the daily fares which one can enjoy at every nooks and corner of the town. The small shacks on the beach also offer varied ranges of mouth watering snacks and sea fish fries.
With increase in tourist population in Alibag, many local restaurants are also serving many cuisines other than traditional recipes. It is becoming easier these days to find eateries serving the likes of Gujrati, Punjabi, Chinese and South Indian dishes. Many multi cuisine restaurants have also come up along with standard hotels and resorts. However, if you are visiting Alibag, it is highly recommended to experiment with the local offerings to get the real taste of the place.