‘Gobi Manchurian’ Banned in Goa, Know the Reason

Goa: Sell of ‘gobi manchurian’ at roadside stalls was banned by a civic body in North Goa following concerns over the unhygienic conditions in which the dish was prepared.

Last week, the municipal council of Mapusa town passed a resolution barring the roadside vendors from selling the popular dish.

The MMC chairperson Priya Mishal said, “Vendors operate in unhygienic conditions and use synthetic colours to prepare gobi manchurian”. Mishal said.

The municipal council unanimously passed a resolution to not permit the sale of the dish at the annual fair of Shree Bodgeshwar Temple fair and later extended the ban to all roadside stalls in the MMC jurisdiction.

In 2022, the state Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) of Goa issued a circular to the Mormugao Municipal Council in South Goa to restrict the number of stalls selling ‘gobi manchurian’ during the fair of Shree Damodar Temple in Vasco.

According to sources, ‘gobi manchurian’ sellers use a sub-standard sauce made of a powder that contains extracts of ‘reetha’ (Indian soapberry), which is used for washing clothes.

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