Faces of India – 285

Faces of India

a series through which I intend to portray the various characters of my country whom I met during my travels. See more here

Poder, Old Goa

Poder with his cycle

There are parts of Goa where people wake up to sound of cycle horns of Poder, the local bread seller. Breakfast delivered at doorstep! How cool is that! Poders move around in cycles with huge basket carrying loaves of bread covered with typical blue tarpaulins. The Poders sell baked breads made in traditional ways in earthen ovens. I have explained this in my post: Poder, the Traditional Bread Maker of Goa. This practice has been followed since 15th century. I wish some such traditions went on in my part of city too.

During my recent visit to Goa I met this Poder in the Fontainhas, Old Goa. I was quite excited to meet him and took a look at his bread basket. It was semi filled with paos (pavs or bread). And there was a sweet strong aroma of bread. Each bread cost just Rs. 10! I bought one and had it then and there. Little joys of having local food, I didn’t want to let go of that.

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10 Responses

  1. Andapo says:

    I know… so nice tradition in Goa… its great to hear about it itself(: love those baked breads, awesome.

  2. nice post…good to know new things about different places…

  3. Keeping tradition in the midst of a tech-savvy world is a great thing

  4. Asha says:

    I loved the bread in Goa ! Especially the Poi. After reading your post, feel like going there again..

  5. Your picture reflects real tradition and emotions, Thank you for sharing.

  6. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder says:

    The bread looks different, I mean the shape. Great to know about the tidbits of Goa …. 🙂

  7. The smell of such local freshly baked bread is so enticing!

  8. Sana says:

    The bread looks totally different.Its nice to know about other cities and countries x

  9. ASKSonnie says:

    We have a similar practice in the Philippines, mostly in the rural areas. Sometimes the sellers just walk carrying a basket full of bread, or in bicycle. They move around the community before breakfast, and mid afternoon for the snack

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