I just got back from India a few weeks ago and I couldn't help but carry these gorgeous red pork links back with me. Hot, juicy, and extremely flavorful, Goan Pork Sausages is one of my favorite ingredients and I've been consuming them since childhood. For the uninitiated, it is a type of chorizo that hails from Goa in India and it is made of pork meat and fat, and a number of fiery spices. Pork which is salted and drained overnight is marinated in a mixture of toddy vinegar, red chili peppers, turmeric, cumin, ginger, garlic, pepper, cloves, and cinnamon the next day, and it is stuffed in pig intestine casings. They are then smoked and dried in the sun. Traditionally, it is simply boiled and eaten, or it is cooked with pulao or served in a bread as chorizo pav.
The best kind according to me are the fatter and slightly wetter links which are available mostly in the smaller towns and villages of Goa, preferably from a local vendor. My family gets them from a lady in Carmona who prepares one of the best sausages I've eaten. We normally have to place our order at least a week before hand, but during the peak season it could take longer. If there's time then I would highly suggest getting Goan sausages in this fashion. If not, then go to the bigger cities of Goa, Mapusa and Margao market namely, where tons of vendors sell them on a daily basis.
What I really love about these sausages apart from the fact that they are so darn tasty is that there is no one way of preparing it. My mother would usually just boil them but sometimes she would add some onions and potatoes to it and even though it was hardly anything, it would still be very delicious. I would also mostly prepare it the same way, but recently my boyfriend (who is a big fan of Goan sausages himself) started incorporating them in tacos. Best fusion ever! Since then that has been the only way I've been eating these darlings.
Alas! I'm running out on my stash soon, but if you're in Goa, go ahead and get your hands on them! You will not be disappointed. If you've eaten Goan sausages please share your experience in the comments sections below. Until the next post then!