Each Masala Tells a Story

The Women of Fatorda is a brand that champions the traditional, authentic and unique cuisine of Goa through a wide range of curated masala blends created by women Self-Help Groups that represent the Hindu, Christian, Muslim and Tribal communities of Goa. These recipes go back hundreds of years and are handed down generations within their families and communities and carry the aromas of Goa’s rich and eclectic cuisines. The Women of Fatorda is both the product of our strong desire to showcase Goan home cooking and the unwavering determination of women to claim their social and financial independence. These unique masalas are made with the choicest ingredients sourced from local farms and are hygienically packed for a true Goan culinary experience. They contain no artificial additives or preservatives.

Off the beaten track. The soul of Goa. Traditional. Authentic. Rare.

Much of Goa’s identity and reputation stems from its premier position as a holiday destination in India, with its many palm-fringed beaches, laid back life style and, of course, good food. Despite the huge popularity of its cuisine, for most outsiders, Goa’s delicacies do not stretch beyond the mainstream Portuguese usual suspects and their Goan derivatives. This regrettably overshadows a vast repertoire of Goan Hindu, Christian and Muslim creations, along with that of the indigenous tribes, that are outstanding in their taste, character and style of cooking. Even the various specialities of its regions and localities that lend variety and richness are mostly overlooked and never attempted. The Women of Fatorda brand of masalas aims to showcase these unknown and hidden gems that reflect the essence of these communities through recipes that are handed down many generations. While you enjoy our unique masalas, discovering new tastes and textures, trying out new preparations with them, we hope to bring about a shift in perspective with which all of us view Goa and its eclectic cuisine.

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The curry masala blend that works not only for prawns but for all seafood. This ancient Saraswat Brahmin recipe gives you the typical aroma and taste of the quintessential Goan fish and prawn preparations that Goa is famous for. ...

Our Chandrawado Mutton masala is a unique blend of spices from the Muslim community of Chandrawado in Fatorda. This ancient recipe has been handed down generations within families and forms the cornerstone of Goan Muslim cuisine. ...

Cafreal is Goa! Our quick and easy Frango à Cafreal spice blend recreates the taste and aroma of the ancient and authentic Portuguese dish that originated in Mozambique and evolved in Goa. Proud Goan product from proud Goan women. ...

Ambotik curries are spicy hot and sour and are part of classic Goan cuisine. Mori (shark) is the traditional preparation but it compliments all kinds of fish and white meat. Our Aamso Tiksso masala is an ancient spice blend handed down generations within families of South Goa. Proud Goan product from proud Goan women. ...

Our Fishermen Barbecue is a simple but ancient blend of spices that the fisherfolk of the Konkan Coast used to cook fish. It is so versatile that it compliments all barbecues and tastes fantastic on chicken. Try. Proud Goan product from proud Goan women. ...

Make quick and easy Biryani with our authentic Goemchi Biryani masala created by the women of the Muslim community from Chandrawado locality of Fatorda. This spice blend goes back hundreds of years and is handed down generations within families. ...

The Green Recheado Masala is a superb blend of spices with a flavour and aroma different from the more common red variety. Perfect as a marinade or for stuffing for fish, prawn and even meats, this is a Goan classic. ...

Clams, crabs, mussels. Nothing compliments them better than our Kunbi Xasti masala, an authentic ancient spice blend from the Kunbi tribe of South Goa. Try it with any shellfish and see the magic. Proud Goan product from proud Goan women. ...

Our Xacuti masala recipe comes from Pedne taluka bordering Maharashtra where Xacuti originated. This ancient recipe is an intermingling of both Goan and Malvani cuisines and is unique in flavour and aroma. Proud Goan product from proud Goan women. ...

Unique masalas from women self help groups of Goa. ...

Chicken Shagoti with Goan poee😋

The happiness of eating Shagoti with Goan pao or poee cannot be described in words!

The last batch of Katrya pao and poee that my family got from Goa were enjoyed today for lunch with some delicious chicken Shagoti.
Today, I used the Chandrawado mutton masala from thewomenoffatorda to make the shagoti instead of their Shagoti masala just for a change of flavour and it tasted absolutely delicious..we had a hearty lunch!

Happy days!

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Our Soongta Hooman masala is an ancient and authentic Saraswat recipe handed down families for generations. As a curry, thick gravy or as a marinade, this masala compliments all seafood and river fish and is classic Goan cuisine. Proud Goan product from proud Goan women. ...

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Sanjay Nirmal

“I love them! That’s why I’ve bought a lot again! Thanks to the biryani masala I have rediscovered the joy of making biryani at home as the traditional process was just too time consuming.”

Sanjay Nirmal, Bangalore

Roy Cardozo

“I live in the USA. I tried the Mutton, Aamso Tikkso, and Gavli Bhaji and they are excellent and way better than the other packaged Goan masalas that we get over here. My only regret is that you are not able to export this high quality product.”

Roy Cardozo, USA

Nanda Majumdar, Mumbai

“The masala is so convenient and easy to use because it is a complete blend that needs very little additional work on the dish. Well packaged, with recipe guidance, the product stays fresh without losing an iota of taste for a very long time in the refrigerator.”

Nanda Majumdar, Mumbai

Sanjay Rao, Bengluru

“The amazing thing is that the masalas are all you need. Very little ingredients are necessary to prepare these dishes. The heavy lifting is done by the masalas and they are so easy to cook.”

Sanjay Rao, Bengaluru

Dr Sraboni Bhaduri, New Delhi

“These masalas are absolutely lovely. The taste and the flavors are rich and nuanced. On my recent trip to Goa I had a chance to compare the taste with the local eateries and I have to say these masalas are richer in flavour.”

Dr Sraboni Bhaduri, New Delhi


“I like the masalas, the packs, and above all the concept of great Goan masalas created by women who are trying to find their footing in society. There’s nothing not to like! Just go for it is my comment!”



“Cuisines of the Kunbi and Gavli community were a revelation to us after being in Goa so many times! Excellent discoveries. Our family is hooked to them. Thanks a ton!”



“Looks international, tastes like home. That’s how I will describe the masalas. If you can’t travel to Goa, try the masalas, it will take you there! Good show!”



“Love the idea behind the Women of Fatorda masalas, and love the masalas too.  I tried some unconventional recipes with them and they were yummy. Recommend to all those who love good food!”



“Another important thing that I liked about the brand is that it empowers the Goan women of different communities who have created these masalas using their ancestral recipes.”



“Masalas that turned me from an average cook to a master chef in under 15 minutes. Super simple recipes with ‘finger licking’ good outcomes.”


Nirmala Dias, Navi Mumbai

“Superb taste! Just like home cooking. Hope you up come up with more Goan varieties. Very nice packaging too.”

Nirmala Dias, Navi Mumbai

Dr Ashita Phadnis, Thane

“Just wanted to say your spices are superb, totally out of this world. We’re enjoying each and every preparation. Thank you so much, hope you keep enticing our taste buds forever.”

Dr Ashita Phadnis, Thane

Suggested Recipes

With Vindaloo de Goa

Even for those unfamiliar with the vast repertoire of Goan cuisine, Vindaloo is dish that rings a bell. For most people…


Chicken Cafreal is the most popular and no Goan restaurant or home is complete without a version of this ancient…


A Caldin is perhaps the most soul warming food in all of Goan cuisine. Considered the ultimate comfort food…

with Soongta Hooman

Soogta hooman is a popular prawn curry that’s a hands down favourite of every Goan household …

with Gavli Bhaji

Vegetarian cuisine is not something one normally associate with Goa, given the overwhelming slant both locals and…

with Pedne Shagoti

Shagoti is the word in Konkani language for the iconic Goan traditional preparation commonly known as the Xacuti…

with Aamso Tiksso

Ambot means sour and tik means spicy in the Konkani language, spoken in Goa. Mori is a shark. Ambotik made…

with Fisherman’s Barbeque

From Thailand to India to Japan, from Central Asia to the Middle East to Europe, you’ll find many fish preparations…

with Kunbi Xasti

Goa’s rich coastline is the obvious reason why Goan cuisine is so rich in seafood preparations. Also, the abundance of…

with Chandrawado Mutton

Apparently Mutton Curry was originally created by wandering peoples in the deserts by mixing all the …

with Goemchi Biryani

The following biryani recipe is the traditional method for making mutton biryani as it is made in home kitchens …

with Green Recheado

Travel the entire length and breadth of the Konkan Coast, and you’ll find one overwhelmingly common way in which …

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