Delicious Goan Ros Omelette

A slight drizzle fell on us, as we made our way to the Ros Omelette stall in Panjim, the capital of Goa.

Thought it was around 8.30 pm, and getting dark, there was a sizable crowd of loyal patrons huddled around the small, brightly lit Ros Omelette stall, a beacon of light for hungry souls like us.

So what is the delicious Goan Ros Omelette all about anyway?

It is one of the most fabulous creations of Goan cuisine. Simple, yet delicious. Ros is a Konkani word meaning gravy. You know what an omelette is. The dish itself consists of 3 components.

A well made omelette, prepared appropriately with onions and tomato. 2 hot buns toasted to perfection with generous helpings of golden butter. The omelette is put in a small steel dish, and finally drowned in steaming,hot chicken curry, resplendent with spices. At some places, mutton replaces the chicken in the curry. The cook finally sprinkles freshly chopped onions and coriander to complete it.

Hot Buns and Hotter Ros Omelette!

Hot Buns and Hotter Ros Omelette!

I sneaked this photo of the omelette the guy next to me was having, while waiting for our order. He gave me a funny look, but went on eating.

The Ros Experts

The Ros Experts

The 2 guys were so busy making the food and dishing it out, I could hardly place our order. My friend and I watched as the tawa guy fried egg after egg with intense concentration. There was a smooth fluidity, a practiced expertise in their movements, the way they poured the chicken curry, the way they toasted the dancing buns. Swift and efficient, with no wasted movements.

The day will come when I will be able to cook like that, win Top Chef and blow Padma Lakshmi’s mind with rad Ros Omelette skills!

I noticed some people having a Coke with their Ros Omelette. Thumbs up to that!

Our steaming hot dishes arrived, and we were gasping for air as we ate the mouth watering Ros Omelette. It was hot! The shop guy poured extra curry when it finished.

Total Cost?

Rs. 60 for 2 Ros Omelette (Rs.30 each) + Rs.20 for Boiled Eggs + Rs.15 for extra buns = Rs. 95 (US$ 1.5)

So for Rs. 100 or US$ 1.5, two people can have a belly filling hearty snack!

Time?

It opens in the evening after 7pm, and closes by around 9.30-10pm. No omelette n the morning or afternoon, so keep in mind this is an evening thing.

Location and Directions?

Central Panjim. Take the right before Hotel Mandovi, towards the Adidas showroom, and you’ll find the Ras Omelette stall I went too (marked in orange on the map). My colleague told me about another famous stall (marked in blue on the map) near the garden, Jardim Garcia de Orta.  Here’s the map:

Ras 1 and Ras2!

Ras 1 and Ras2!

There are lots of other places serving Ros Omelette around Panjim, so look around at your leisure and choose your favorite :)!

Here’s some other great links for Ros Omelette:

  1. Foodiegoan (Better picture than mine!)
  2. Roos Omlet – Goan Style (Detailed Recipe with nice pictures)

This is one simple dish you can easily make at home. I can make the omelette, unfortunately chicken curry is a little out of my league at the moment. But that peak shall be conquered soon!

After having this, I’m convinced Ros Omelette is truly the way to enjoy egg with gravy! Join me on the next trip!

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Fun Way to Get Around Goa – The Dashing Pilots

If you are alone, and have just gotten off at the Panjim bus stand, and are wondering how to get around Goa, have no fear.

The dashing pilots are there.

Hello from Mr. Pilot!

Hello from Mr. Pilot!

No, the pilots do not have ANYTHING to do with airplanes or any other aviation related machinery. Proudly astride yellow colored motorbikes, these gentlemen will carry you swiftly to your destination. This gentleman happily posed for me at Panjim bus stand.

In Goa, the yellow color on the bike’s (or scooter’s or moped’s) number plate signifies that the bike (or scooter or moped) is for tourists. You’ll see this on bikes for rent, for example, as you can see on this lovely bike (my only long term relationship in Goa). She’s an Avenger and a lady, and if I ride her again, we’ll have to think of a name.

My lady in red

My lady in red

So back to the pilots. They can take you from Panjim to anywhere close by, like Dona Paula, Miramar, Candolim, Calangute (highlighted in blue in the map below). These are the popular areas, so I would recommend renting your own bike from here, if you want to go further to other places like Baga, Anjuna.

Place around Panjim highlighted in blue

Place around Panjim highlighted in blue

The pilots are pretty decent for the distances to the blue highlighted places. Any further and it becomes cost prohibitive/expensive. They should ideally charge around Rs. 100-110 (US$ 2-3) for distances upto 10km, which is more reasonable than auto-rickshaws in Goa, who charge Rs. 60-70 for 3-4km! My friend from Goa say Panjim to Mapusa (12km) is typically Rs.100(US$2), and a return journey (Panjim-Mapusa-Panjim) would be around Rs. 150.

However, its not recommended to go piloting, if you are carrying a lot of luggage (2-3 heavy bags). It’s cool if you have just your back pack and 1-2 light bags. 

Enjoy your pilot experience when you come to Goa, its one of those typical Goan things. It’s a fun way to get around Goa.

And here’s a sweet goodbye from our dashing pilot at Panjim.

Goodbye from Mr. Pilot

Goodbye from Mr. Pilot

Delicious Chicken Biryani, Kebabs and more at Panjim, Goa – Niyaaz

Just landed at the airport and on your way to Panjim?

Waiting for a bus and have a few hours to kill?

Have a sudden craving for delicious, steaming, hot chicken biryani (rice dish served to Mughal emperors)?

Then all you have to do is head to Niyaaz.

Niyaaz - Biryani, Kebabs and Tikkas

Niyaaz – Biryani, Kebabs and Tikkas

Roughly a 5-10 min drive from Panjim bus stand, you can either take a yellow-n-black autorickshaw or even catch a bus going to Margaon. Of course, nothing like going on a rented bike/car/jeep. Ask anyone and they’ll point you in the right direction. Its pretty famous. Prices are also quite reasonable around Rs. 100-300 (US$ 2-6). Service is fast, and you can have an ice cold dessert as you wait. Sometimes its fun doing things backwards.

Word of advice: They apparently prepare biryani only on weekends, so if you end up going on Mon-Friday, have this instead:

Chicken Malai Tikka. With extra malail

Chicken Malai Tikka. With extra malai

Enjoy :).