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by Alan Lobo



1-/2 cups dried coconut

2 tablespoons oil

½ tsp cumin

4 peppercorns

1 tbsp fennel seeds

1 tbsp coriander

2 onions finely chopped

½ tsp salt

8 small chicken pieces



Soak the dried coconut in a bowl with 3 tbsp water for 15 mins.  Fry the cumin, peppercorns, fennel and coriander with one tbsp oil for 3-4 mins. on low heat.  Add the onions and fry for 5 mins.  Stir in the coconut and salt and fry for another 5 mins.  Put the coconut mixture in a blender and process to form a coarse paste.


Fry the chicken in the remaining oil for 10 mins.  Add the coconut paste and cook over low heat for 15-20 mins. or until the coconut mixture is golden brown and the chicken is tender.  Garnish with cilantro sprigs and lemon wedges.








…………… Bon appetit …………………….. GiGi…………

GOYAN reaching out to leprosy patients in India

(Goan Young Adult Network)


The GOYAN 3rd anniversary celebrations were held at the Akbar Restaurant in Edison, New Jersey on August 10, 2001.  In "Working together toward a worthy cause" the proceeds of the second and third anniversary celebrations  (through sale of dance tickets, raffle tickets and donations), in the amount of $3,522.00 went to Lok Seva Sangam (LSS).

In addition, $1,000 was donated by Bertelsmann Media Systems Inc. which is GOYAN's founder and 'Overall coordinator' Cedric D'Costa's employer. This amount was sent to LSS through an organization of the Catholic church in New York.

After a successful project in Goa where GOYAN raised $3000, this time it took upon a more far-reaching goal not just restricted to Goa. Leprosy is a debilitating skin disease eradicated in most countries; the Govt. of India hopes to eradicate leprosy by the year 2003.

LSS founded by the team of Rev. Fr. Carlo Torriani and Sr. Luigina Marchesi in 1976 is an organization devoted to the prevention and cure of leprosy. Homeless leprosy patients in India treated as outcasts in the community find refuge in 'Lok Seva Sangam' (which in English translates as 'An organization to serve the people').  LSS serves these less privileged leprosy patients by providing them with free medical treatment and hospitalization, free food, shelter and education for them including their families.

With grants from the local Government and private agencies steadily decreasing, these funds come at a crucial time for Lok Seva Sangam to continue with it’s 25 years of great work in the areas of treatment and rehabilitation of leprosy patients in India.            For more information, visit

In Memory of victims of the surreal act of terrorism 09/11/2001










As you all know, on 9/11/01, terrorists destroyed the World Trade Centers and part of the Pentagon. This horrific act was not only an attack against America, but against ALL humanity as people from all over the world were conducting commerce in the WTC.  The following is information we have been able to gather about Goans who were affected.


The only known goan death is that of a Boston-based computer "buff" – Joseph Sousa.  According to a Belgaumites Group source, Joseph - who was attending a conference on the 106th floor, called his wife Terry, and told her that there was a bomb blast, and the place was full of smoke.  His call was cut off and no other details are available.


Five other goans who worked on the 110th story are safe due to various reasons. Two of them - a GOYAN member - Subhash Mendonca and a sister of Maria D'Souza of the "Daily News" got out of the building in time. Pramilla - the daughter of Tony and Edna Barros did not get into the building as she called in late, while a John Pinto called in sick.  As fate would have it, Ashley Lobo who worked on the 83rd floor - 2 WTC, stayed home that day because it was his wedding anniversary! Joe Homen who worked in a building nearby was evacuated in time.  The Indian Consulate in New York listed a Thomas Fernandes as being admitted to the St. Mary's Hospital in New Jersey.


To date all reports list about 5,960 people as missing, feared dead with a remote chance of finding them alive. A total of 306 bodies have been recovered, of which 238 have been identified and 8,786 persons injured.  Please continue to pray and do what you can for the victims and their families. (Figures as of 09/30)

     - Tony Barros