Good - This is definitely good eating
The chef at Tabla often cooks with Goan spices, and his food is has both Indian and Portugeuse influences. This is less odd than it sounds, since the Portuguese have long influenced Indian cooking. For example, that spicy Indian staple, chicken vindaloo, started out as a Portuguese dish with chicken, garlic and wine. Garlic and wine are "vin" and "aloo" in Portuguese, and the Indians took the name as their own.
We often serve this with shrimp or a white fleshed fish.
(adapted from 2nd Union Square Cookbook)
one head of garlic cloves (about 20) peeled
two inches of ginger root
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 ancho chile (or two smaller ones)
3-4 tbsp rice vinegar (or champagne vinegar)
2 tsp brown sugar
Grind the spices together. Add vinegar & sugar and mix well.
Good with broccoli, shrimp and probably lots of other things.