Goan Forminhas ( Savory stuffed canapés)


Forminhas, a kind of an hors d’oeuvre is mostly served as an appetizer at most Goan weddings and other parties. It’s nothing but a canapé topped with some deliciousness. I had almost forgotten about this until I came across Nandini’s post few months ago as it’s been a while I last attended any wedding in Goa. During my visit to Mumbai, whilst having a casual conversation, rather more of a food discussion with my mum in law, I learnt that she’s made this several times for parties etc. It actually is a pretty simple, delicious and quick appetizer to assemble.


It’s much easier if you have ready made canapés , or else you can even stuff this mixture in baked wonton cups, or spread it over crackers/toasts, anything that’s nice and crispy.  The possibilities for the filling are endless too:) So without further ado, let me share my mum in law’s version for now!


Ingredients :

About 18-20 canapés

1/2 cup boiled green peas

1/2 cup boiled cubes carrots

1/2 cup boiled cubed potatoes

1/2 cup cubed apples ( I prefer to leave the skin on )

1/2 cup cubed pineapple

1/4 to 1/2 cup mayonnaise

salt and pepper to season


1. Add all the cubed veggies and fruits in a bowl. Add  mayo depending on how creamy you like it. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well.


2. You can let the mixture refrigerate and then fill the canapés before serving.



Notes :

1. For a non veg version you can all add, boiled egg, fish , shrimps or meat to the above mixture.

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  1. Loretta says:

    Wow Freda, you’ve brought back memories of my time in Kenya at Goan gatherings. I remember them so well. I have never made them, but would love to. So where did you get your canapes from? I doubt I’d be able to make them from scratch. The filling can be so versatile, but I love the veggies you’ve used. It makes me want to reach out and grab one as they look so vivid and striking! Well done!

    • Freda Dias says:

      Thanks Loretta!! I got the canapes from Mumbai. I’ve seen them available on amazon. Yes the filling is so versatile. For weddings they usually have the ones with fish filling, I absolutely love those 🙂

  2. Lifescandyjar says:

    Looks amazing. Can you pls provide the link for canapes? I tried looking on amazon US but couldnt find them.

  3. CTF says:

    Hi Freda, the instructions to make the canapes would be a great value add to your recipe.. that being the main part of the recipe.

    • Freda Dias says:

      Will try to make a post on that 🙂 This is a quick recipe idea when you really don’t have time during entertaining a crowd. As soon as I get my hands on the tart molds, The post will be up 👍🏻

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