Caldin ~A Goan Catholic Veggie

You have heard me rant quite a bit that the Goans do eat veggies contrary to the popular view. Of course the veggies are few but they are tasty. My view of all the veggies was that they are all covered with masala in the Goan way.  How wrong can a person be!! Even after staying in Goa for 25 years I am still uncovering dishes, vegetarian mind you.
I was chatting with my friend Judy and happened to ask her what Caldin is. Caldin is traditionally a Goans Catholic veg dish. It means ‘in a gravy.’  
  Surprised? Even I was quite amazed.
I did ask her quite rudely, I might add, Catholics and veggies. Her reply was quite a revelation. We cannot eat meat all the time dear, she said we feel the need to eat veggies too. Of course the veggies used in Caldin are like cauliflower, lady finger, potatoes quite a few but we do eat them.
She did share the recipe with me. Not content that night we went out for dinner and Apeksha n I ordered Caldin and enjoyed it.
Now since I did not have all the veggies at hand thanks to the fact that I had not done my weekly shopping I had to make do. So my Caldin had only cauliflower and some tired looking carrots! And still the caldin was appreciated.

Ingredients:

To grind:

  • A small knob of Ginger
  •  4 cloves garlic
  •  ½ tsp Coriander seeds
  •  2 Green chillies
  •  ¼ tsp Haldi
  •  ¼ tsp jeera
  •  ¼ cup coconut

For the coconut milk:

  •  1 coconut grated

Rest of the ingredients:

  •  4 cups mixed vegetables
  •  3 medium onions, finely chopped
  •  2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  •  A lemon sized ball of tamarind
  •  Oil
  •  Salt

Method:

  1. First extract coconut milk on e thin and one thick. In case you need here is how.
  2.  In thin milk soak the tamarind.
  3.  Grind all the ingredients under to grind heading to a fine paste using a little water.
  4.   Fry onion till translucent add the tomatoes and fry till they are softer.
  5. Add the ground masala fry on a low flame.
  6.  Add the thin coconut milk. Add veggies, salt & boil covered till the veggies are par-boiled.
  7. Add the thick juice. Cook till done.
  8. Serve with steamed rice or rotis. The Goans will prefer it with pav or uno.

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38 thoughts on “Caldin ~A Goan Catholic Veggie

  1. Torviewtoronto December 7, 2012 at 11:30 pm Reply

    this looks wonderful

  2. Torviewtoronto December 7, 2012 at 11:30 pm Reply

    this looks wonderful

  3. Archana Potdar December 7, 2012 at 11:32 pm Reply

    Thanks dear. That was pretty fast.

  4. Archana Potdar December 7, 2012 at 11:32 pm Reply

    Thanks dear. That was pretty fast.

  5. Swathi Iyer December 8, 2012 at 1:50 am Reply

    I love curries with coconut and mixed vegetable makes more delicious. good with appam.

  6. Swathi Iyer December 8, 2012 at 1:50 am Reply

    I love curries with coconut and mixed vegetable makes more delicious. good with appam.

  7. Hamaree Rasoi December 8, 2012 at 3:54 am Reply

    You lived in Goa for 25 years !! wow..This gravy looks delicious

  8. Hamaree Rasoi December 8, 2012 at 3:54 am Reply

    You lived in Goa for 25 years !! wow..This gravy looks delicious

  9. Radhika December 8, 2012 at 4:37 am Reply

    This is so new to me and sounds very healthy as well Archana.

  10. Radhika December 8, 2012 at 4:37 am Reply

    This is so new to me and sounds very healthy as well Archana.

  11. Shama Nagarajan December 8, 2012 at 9:15 am Reply

    delicious and yummy

  12. Shama Nagarajan December 8, 2012 at 9:15 am Reply

    delicious and yummy

  13. Prathima Rao December 8, 2012 at 10:49 am Reply

    Very new tom me..I love goan recipes, esp curries, So do keep posting such interestin goan delicacies!! :)Prathima RaoPrats Corner

  14. Prathima Rao December 8, 2012 at 10:49 am Reply

    Very new tom me..I love goan recipes, esp curries, So do keep posting such interestin goan delicacies!! :)Prathima RaoPrats Corner

  15. Priya December 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm Reply

    This dish looks very flavourful and delicious,thanks for sharing this interesting dish.

  16. Priya December 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm Reply

    This dish looks very flavourful and delicious,thanks for sharing this interesting dish.

  17. divya December 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm Reply

    wow!! superbly done!! yummmm..

  18. divya December 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm Reply

    wow!! superbly done!! yummmm..

  19. divya December 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm Reply

    wow!! superbly done!! yummmm..

  20. divya December 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm Reply

    wow!! superbly done!! yummmm..

  21. divya December 8, 2012 at 4:20 pm Reply

    wow!! superbly done!! yummmm..

  22. divya December 8, 2012 at 4:20 pm Reply

    wow!! superbly done!! yummmm..

  23. Subhashini December 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm Reply

    looks extremely yummy

  24. Subhashini December 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm Reply

    looks extremely yummy

  25. Suja Manoj December 8, 2012 at 6:22 pm Reply

    Flavorful and yum curry,looks wonderful.

  26. Suja Manoj December 8, 2012 at 6:22 pm Reply

    Flavorful and yum curry,looks wonderful.

  27. Arthy Suman December 9, 2012 at 1:43 pm Reply

    Lovely dish…

  28. Arthy Suman December 9, 2012 at 1:43 pm Reply

    Lovely dish…

  29. Viya December 9, 2012 at 7:46 pm Reply

    Thanks Archana for your recipe to the event Join EP event-Garlic OR Turmeric @ Spice n Flavors.Happy to follow your blog.

  30. Viya December 9, 2012 at 7:46 pm Reply

    Thanks Archana for your recipe to the event Join EP event-Garlic OR Turmeric @ Spice n Flavors.Happy to follow your blog.

  31. Julie December 10, 2012 at 2:09 am Reply

    Coconut adds an extra touch,curry looks delish!!Thanx for linking dear to the event!! Join EP event-Garlic OR Turmeric @ Spice n Flavors

  32. Julie December 10, 2012 at 2:09 am Reply

    Coconut adds an extra touch,curry looks delish!!Thanx for linking dear to the event!! Join EP event-Garlic OR Turmeric @ Spice n Flavors

  33. Julie December 10, 2012 at 2:09 am Reply

    Coconut adds an extra touch,curry looks delish!!Thanx for linking dear to the event!! Join EP event-Garlic OR Turmeric @ Spice n Flavors

  34. Julie December 10, 2012 at 2:09 am Reply

    Coconut adds an extra touch,curry looks delish!!Thanx for linking dear to the event!! Join EP event-Garlic OR Turmeric @ Spice n Flavors

  35. Kitchen Boffin December 10, 2012 at 8:19 am Reply

    i too had a general notion that goan dishes are mostly non vegetarian. this is new to me.. sounds yummy… a must try!

  36. Kitchen Boffin December 10, 2012 at 8:19 am Reply

    i too had a general notion that goan dishes are mostly non vegetarian. this is new to me.. sounds yummy… a must try!

  37. Preeti Jaipal December 10, 2012 at 7:20 pm Reply

    nice…..

  38. Preeti Jaipal December 10, 2012 at 7:20 pm Reply

    nice…..

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