Banoffee pie is a very popular dessert on the backpacker trail in India, thought possibly to have arrived as early as 1978 or 1979 with the influx of young westerners to the region, who shared their favourite comfort food recipes with the local restaurateurs who catered to them. The banoffee pie is a fixture in most budget and tourist towns from McLeod Ganj in the northern Indian state of Himachel Pradesh to the resorts of Goa.
A Quick Fact: Contrary to what is popularly believed, Vindaloo, a Goan dish, is not ‘aloo’ or potato based! The origin of the word 'Vindaloo or Vindalho' comes from a mix of two Portuguese words: vinho (wine) and alho (garlic)! So, remember this the next time you order it!
Goan cuisine has heavily influenced by the Portugese who colonized the area back in the 18th and 19th centuries. The food leans toward a heavy use of chilli powder and utilizes the abundance of the sea, as Goa sits on the coastline of the Arabian Sea.