Natti’s Naturals is a new organic cafe and retail shop in Arpora, Goa. After one rainy Saturday eating her potato and leak soup along with a toastie and some hot tea, I knew I’d be coming back for more! When she mentioned she was planning to start an English fry up (free-range sausage and bacon, fried in olive oil with tomatoes and onions- served with local pao) on Sundays, Ben’s eye lit up like a little kid. Natti’s is one of the first health food shops in Goa to work with locals farmers AND her products are all (well almost, 95%) sourced from organic certified companies in India. Natti’s Vision is:
“From Farm to Shop”
Natti’s Naturals // The Cafe
The cafe opens bright and early to serve up healthy breakfasts full of super foods (something I actually know nothing about but is SO popular here in Goa) like spirulina, barley grass, wheatgrass, and amaranth. I stick to fresh fruit salads (with granola and buffalo yogurt) and fresh juices. I don’t go as far as the popular ABC (apple, beetroot, carrot… I think) but just stick to pineapple. She’s becoming well known for her yummy healthy salads: barley salad with feta, pomegranate, and rocket served in a dill dressing, a beetroot salad with feta, avocado, and walnuts, and the very delicious salad bowl. I don’t go as healthy as beetroot, and instead have her freshly made roasted pepper houmous with lots of bread! For lunch, I like to have either the Spanish tortilla or chicken schnitzel with the best potato salad in Goa which is a secret recipe of Natti’s Naturals.
The products in shop range from organic teas, coffees, herbs, spices, healthy snacks, natural cosmetics, clothes and healthcare products. Food is priced from 40-300 rupees. As I said, 95% are made in India and many farms she has personally visited like Galston in Tivim who has a 1/2 acre organic garden.
Some of the yummy things they stock are imported goji berries, cacao nibs, chia seeds and acai berry powder. The Apple cider vinegar is even made in India from Organic apples.
Tia and Tan‘s line is carried there, adorable clothing, as well as ISLA candles (my new creation).
Yoga & Workshops
Other then coming for a bite, Natti’s Naturals is a meeting place for like-minded people. You’ll find yogis and homeopaths here sharing ideas over coffee… just after having one of Natti’s yoga classes.
Natti is a Sivananda trained yoga teacher (her mom trained with the late BKS Inyenger). She’s studied naturopathic medicine and brought up three kids on homeopathy. She was in Bangalore living the corporate life but was drawn back to Goa where her parents lived for years (Natti is half Indian/ Half Austrian). Thanks for her Punjabi background, she was taught how to use food as medicine. Yoga classes are from 7am- 8am. It is a focus on Pranayam and is very relaxed. I went to Natti’s for yoga all monsoon, and can vouch it’s my favorite place to do yoga in Goa.
Location & Contact
Natti Mac, owner Natti’s Naturals Phone number 8550999422 // e-mail her at [email protected] Like Open 9am to 5pm now. From November they will be open 7am for yoga then cafe and shop open at 8:30am to 7:00pm.
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