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Chicken Cafreal

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Goa's answer to Chicken Tandoori

This is an all time favourite Chicken recipe of Goa. It is in fact Goa’s equivalent of the Tandoori Chicken and never fails to please the taste buds.


For the green marinade: Grind to a fine paste (without water) 1 bunch of coriander leaves, 20 green chillies, 20 flakes garlic, 10 peppercorns, 1 inch piece of tikki, 5 cloves, 2 tbsp sugar, pinch of jeera with juice of one lemon. Store in a glass jar in refrigerator. This paste can be used in stir fried vegetables, biryanis, cutlets, etc.

For the cafreal: 1 kg chicken, washed and cut into cafreal pieces, 2-3 tbsps green marinade, Pinch of haldi powder, 3-4 tbsps oil, 1 tbsp butter, Salt to taste

For garnish: 1 boiled potato, cut into chunks, 1 onion, petals, chopped coriander, 1 tbsp butter


Apply green marinade to chicken along with a pinch of haldi and salt to taste. Marinate for 3-4 hours at least. The longer the better. 

Drop 3-4 tablespoons oil in a pan and shallow fry the chicken. Add the marinade liquid, cover and let cook. When done and dry, remove from pan. In a separate pan, add some butter and stir fry some more of the green masala, adding sugar and a little salt. When the masala begins to ooze out oil, add the fried chicken to it till it is nicely coated.

Serve garnished with butter fried onion petals, potato chunks and coriander.

By Sapna Sardessai

Total Comments :8

I just couldn't resist commenting on this one, as its my favourite, and I visit this place Florentine in Saligao atleast twice a month and satisfy myself!

Sujeet , Panjim

We tried it, came out good. Thanks a lot for the recipe.

Please post more authentic Goan dishes.

Jagan , USA

WOW!!!! Yum... Yum...

My husband just loves Chicken Cafreal... I used to always get the readymade cafreal masala pkt... but this recipe is great!

Shash , Kuwait

This is my favourite dish. I made it and all the family also enjoyed it.

karima , Leicester (originally from Goa)

Hello Sapna, I have tried Chicken Cafreal from some other recipes but didn`t quite enjoy them. Your recipe was easy to follow. I had to trim down on the chillies and garlic, but it still turned out delicious.

Do you have any recipes on fish?



Eddie de Souza , Germany

Thank you. That is very encouraging. I will definitely try to post some fish recipes soon.

Sapna Sardessai

Nice recipes. I liked them very much. Best of luck.

celsie dias , Chinchinim

Dear Sapna, Many thanks for this recipe and your prompt reply on my request for the recipe of "Harshalle". I shall surely try the recipe at the next oppourtunity I get.

I appreciate your efforts to share your recipes and tips with others!

Thanks once again.


Sushma Khandeparkar , Panaji, Goa

Yum... tried it... it turned out awesome.

Thanks for sharing... will watch out your column :)

Ereen , Kuwait

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Sapna Sardessai

Sapna Sardessai runs a publishing and advertising business called Printer's Devil, in Porvorim.
An ex-journalist, she has published many cookbooks, including the bestseller Ishtann, into its fourth edition now, which she has also translated from Konkani, and Aaswad, into its second edition.
A foodie by nature, she lets the world onto her kitchen secrets, almost everyday, in her album Foodstyle on Facebook.
Her recipes are much awaited and a rage especially with NRGs (Non Resident Goans).


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