Chicken Cafreal

Chicken Cafreal is a very popular goan dish after Goan sausages .Its a must try dish when you visit Goa.   On our every visit to Goa we always have cafreal and xacuti .Cafreal is a Portuguese style preparation with fresh coriander and spices and some vinegar .This is one goan dish after sausages which makes my mouth water.

My goan neighbour had passed on the recipe to me .However I altered the amount of spices used and replaced the tamarind pulp with fresh lime juice.Goans prefer this dish to be a more on a tangy side hence they use tamarind pulp and they like it semi dry  which they enjoy with some poi(bread)But I prefer it to be on a drier side .
It can be  shallow fried ,I have pan fried it.You can also grill it.Served with some salad and fries makes a great appetizer.

500-750 gms Chicken (i used breast and thigh)
salt to taste
lime juice as needed
to grind to paste
a large bunch of coriander leaves
5-7green chillies
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 inch Cinnamon
8-10 peppercorns
5-6 cloves
3-4 green cardamon
8-10 garlic cloves
1.5 inch ginger
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1.tbsp vinegar
1/2 tsp sugar

oil as needed to pan fry or shallow fry.

Wash the Chicken pieces well and  make some slits to marinate well.

rub on some  lime and salt.

Grind the spices along with the vinegar  to a smooth paste .

apply  the paste well on the chicken and marinate well for 5-6 hours or overnight.

Pan fry or grill till done .If you want the cafreal to be semi dry cook it on low flame till its done.

You can also keep it oil free by cooking it on low flame on both sides.The chicken will cook in its own juices .

Serve hot with some fries or some salad along and relish it the way it is or with pav/roti.

You could also add tamarind pulp and skip the lime juice.
The original recipe calls for poppy seeds/khus khus you can add 1/2 tsp while grinding the spices.
Some goans also grind onions with the spices if you wish too go ahead.

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  1. looks yummy...its my fav..will try this soon

  2. looks so yum... i've been eyeing the recipe of cafreal but haven't tried it yet, should soon, hopefully...

  3. tempting yummy dish...would love to try it soon :)

  4. yumm yumm ...I so want to have this

  5. I tried it, it was Yumm. Gloria infact all your recepies are too good..I make it a point to try at least one dish at weekends

    1. Thanks a lot ..happy to know that u try the recipes....

  6. wow simply superb dear....looks very delish....

  7. I tried this today..We loved it to the core....Everyone was happy....keep rocking ...

  8. Lovely chicken dish... Want to try it soon... Love It!

  9. Gloria mashallah you have so many wonderful chicken recipes :) i like it :P