Chicken Cafreal

Chicken Cafreal

Prep: 10 hours

Cook: 20 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Main Course

Type: Goan

Key Ingredients:

A much loved Goan dish – chicken cafreal takes a healthy note in this recipe


  • Boneless chicken, cubes 500 gms
  • Black peppercorns 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  • Cloves 4 to 5
  • Green cardamoms 3
  • Vinegar 2 tbsps
  • Medium onion, chopped 1
  • Garlic, finely chopped 1 tsp
  • Ginger, cut into thin strips 1 tsp
  • Fresh coriander leaves, chopped ¼ cup
  • Fresh mint leaves, chopped ¼ cup
  • Green chillies, slit 10 to 12
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil 1 tbsp
  • Small tomatoes, seeded and chopped 2
  • Turmeric powder ½ tsp


  • Put black peppercorns, cumin seeds, cloves, cardamoms in a small bowl, add vinegar and let them soak them overnight.
  • Put the spices into a mixer jar, add onion, garlic, ginger, coriander leaves, mint leaves and 8-10 green chillies and grind to a fine paste.
  • Transfer the paste into a large bowl, add chicken and salt and mix well. Set aside to marinate for 4 hours.
  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add the chicken pieces and saute till the chicken turns a light brown.
  • Add the remaining marinade and mix.
  • Add tomatoes, salt and turmeric powder and mix well. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the remaining green chillies, mix and cook till chicken is done
  • Transfer into a serving bowl and serve hot.