Try this special chicken cafreal from Goa

Try this special chicken cafreal from Goa

Chicken cafreal is an authentic Goan dish which is a flavour bomb. It is one of the most ordered dishes in the restaurants in Goa. Check out the pretty simple recipe of chicken cafreal.


2 chicken drumsticks

A gooseberry sized ball of tamarind

2 tsp salt

1 tbsp lemon juice

¼ tsp turmeric powder

2 tsp cumin

½ tsp fresh coriander

1 tsp poppy seeds (optional)

2 tsp pepper corns

2 cinnamon sticks

12 cloves

1 big bay leaf

1 large piece ginger

8 cloves garlic

1 cup coriander leaves (10 sprigs)

5 green chillies

1 tbsp vinegar

2 tsp butter/ oil

¼ cup water


Soak the tamarind for 10 minutes and extract juice

Marinate the chicken pieces with salt, turmeric powder, lemon juice and tamarind extract

Meanwhile, dry roast cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf, coriander seeds, cumin, pepper corns and poppy seeds

Into a mixer jar add the coriander leaves, green chillies, vinegar, ginger, garlic, roasted spice mix and the remaining tamarind extract as well

Blend well into smooth paste

Marinate the chicken drumsticks with this marinade

Keep them aside for at least 2 hours

Mix the remaining marinade paste with some water and pour it over the chicken drumsticks

Cook for 15 minutes with the lid on or until the water reduces completely

Another method is to cook the chicken in a frying pan for 7 minutes on medium flame

Cook the chicken pieces on both sides

When the water has reduced and the chicken has cooked, fry for 5 more minutes without the lid

This would make the outsides crunchier while the insides remain juicy and succulent.  

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