Now that the monsoon looks to finally be behind us, our mouths have been watering for some delicious seafood. Why haven’t we been eating seafood these last few months? Well, it turns out that the monsoon is when fish breed, so you’re best advised to stay off the seafood during this period as fishing is limited, which means most of the fish you’re getting has been transported here from elsewhere. And we’re all about that fresh fish, with no compromises whatsoever.
Two and a half long months without our favourite seafood dishes left us with plenty of time to put together a list of some of the most famous seafood destinations in the country. So, if you (like us have been waiting to sink your teeth into that perfect fillet, consider a trip to any of these places and make your fishy dreams come true.
It’s often sarcastically said that colonialism can be forgiven because the British left us the railways, but we’re dead serious when we say that Puducherry is probably glad that the French were in charge for a while. If nothing else, they left behind their world-famous cuisine when they left. The flavours of this quiet seaside town are heavily influenced by French and Tamilian culture, which go surprisingly well together. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the food here is a major tourist attraction, so make the most of it and dig into that Lobster Thermidor, Poisson Provencale and Creole Crevette the next time you’re visiting.
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Not many people know this, but the people of Odisha are amongst the nation’s foremost non-vegetarians and they eat more meat and fish based dishes than the rest of the country. In fact, only 6% of Odisha is vegetarian. So, where better to go if you want to partake of some delectable cuisine? And there’s no better place to start than Puri, a coastal city famous for its seafood. Fair warning though – Odia cuisine has an almost obsessive relationship with mustard oil, which is found in most dishes. No wonder, then, that cooks from this region were much sought-after in Bengal. In fact, the famous Rossogolla, which Bengalis are quick to claim as their own invention, was likely refreshing palates in Odisha long before it reached the land of Tagore.
Here at Que, we’re happiest when we can taste coconut in our food, which is why we’ve been pushing for a change in office location that would take us down South into Kerala – who needs this crazy Mumbai traffic anyway, right? And, much like its sister states in that region of the country, Kerala has been bit by the biriyani bug too. So, if you’re visiting the capital city, make sure that you try out the famous Prawn Malabar Biriyani for a flavour profile you aren’t going to forget in a hurry. But, if you’re the adventurous sort, we recommend the Kappa Puzhukku – a unique combination of tapioca and tangy fish that will make your taste buds sing.
Well, of course Goa was going to be on our bucket list of the best seafood cities in India. The aromas of the Portuguese-influenced cuisine at India’s favourite tourist destination have made many life-long vegetarians reconsider their dietary commitments and, in some cases, they’ve even resulted in a few grateful conversions to a seafood diet. For the authentic Goa experience, drive along the inner roads until you find an eatery frequented by the locals – those are always the best for the delicious fish thalis that are the lunch staple for most people here. You’ve probably already tasted the famous Goan prawn curry, so be a little adventurous with your choices when you visit.
Bengali cuisine is synonymous with fish. Almost every kind of fish is consumed in the region and very little goes to waste – only the scales, fins and innards go to waste. In fact, the head of the fish is a delicacy here, which is atypical of other regions in India. Whether you like freshwater fish or salt water fish, there’s something here for everyone who craves a massive variety in their seafood. With stellar dishes like Tangra Macher Jhol, Sorshe Iilish and Chingri Malai Curry, it’s no surprise that Bengal is considered one of the smartest regions in the country given that there’s an established link between the consumption of fish and a boost in brain power and a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s.
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