Shooting the Breeze

Take a stroll in any Goan village in the evening and you are bound to be greeted by a sight (which is fast fading now) of the village folk sitting in a group and having a nice talk. The subject of these talks could range from the latest scoop in the village to the efficacy of the corona vaccination. And mind you, each and every participating member is an “expert” and has their own “advice” and “solution” on practically every problem facing humankind. One cannot guarantee the veracity of their talks, but the talks are very interesting to hear, nonetheless. I captured one such “expert” session in the Siolim village.

Shooting the breeze
Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L

God Loncha

God Loncha literally means sweet pickle. The way you pronounce God is not like God in English. The first syllable Go is pronounced as the English word “go” and the second syllable is the phonic sound “d”. Even though the name says sweet pickle, god loncha has far more flavours to offer than just sweet. The first spoonful you taste will impart the honeyed sweetness of the jaggery (God), which is a no-brainer because this pickle is made by melting jaggery into a syrup. But second spoon onwards the heat of the added chillies, black peppers, mustard seeds and an assortment of different condiments will gradually build and spread it’s warmth down your throat. Occasionally you will also be treated with the tangy flavour of the raw mango.

As in the days of yore refrigeration facility was not available, pickling was the only option available to preserve your favourite fruit for consumption year long. Like the more commonly available spicy version of the mango pickle, this sweet-spicy version also has it’s own fan following and is a favourite among most of the kids. Today my mother-in-law prepared the god loncha of a variety of mango called “Totapuri“. I caught the whole process on camera and here it is for all of you. Drool on… 🙂

Slices of Totapuri mango
Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L
Made into bite-sized chunks
Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L
Adding grated jaggery (god)
Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L
Melting the jaggery
Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L
In goes the spices and condiments
Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L
Simmering
Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L
Now goes the mango chunks
Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L
The final product: God Loncha, delicious!
Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L