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Going, going, Goan


Many London restaurants which opened in the early 1990s are no longer operating today. However, Ma-Goa, is approaching its 17th anniversary of serving Goan food and is still going strong.


Putney-based Ma Goa is a true family affair with proprietor Deepak Kapoor following in his father Raji’s footsteps. Customers are still served today in the specially made rustic clay pots that have a feature since the restaurant opened its doors back in 1993.


Ma Goa has seen its fair share of celebrity diners pass through its doors including Dame Helen Mirren, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), as well as some of the UK’s top chefs such as Antonia Carluccio and Rick Stein. It is also very popular with locals in the neighbourhood.


Director of cuisine and the driving force behind the authentic Goan cuisine is Deepak’s mother and co-owner of the


Spice Business Magazine 8 August | September 2010


restaurant, Sushma Kapoor, known to customers as Ma Goa. Over the years Sushma and Deepak have worked hard to build up both their business and its reputation. The original small 26 cover restaurant now extends into the shop next door, creating a bright dining area for over 50 people. The business has also established a thriving outdoor catering division.


One of the most popular starter dishes is Stuffed Papard, a Ma Goa classic of pan-fried lentil flour parcels filled with spiced potato and served with a mint chutney. Another favourite with regu- lars is the Gallina Cafrael, half a free- range chicken in a fresh green masala with crushed garlic, coriander, green chilli and mint marinade.


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