Chicken Cafreal Bites

Chicken Cafreal Bites

From   Hi Tea

Prep: 1 hour 15 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Starter

Type: Goan

A popular Goan dish with a slight twist


  • Boneless chicken 600 gms
  • Ginger, roughly chopped 1 inch
  • Garlic, roughly chopped 5 cloves
  • Green chillies, roughly chopped 4 to 5
  • Black peppercorns 7 to 8
  • Cinnamon 1 inch
  • Cloves 5
  • Fresh coriander leaves, chopped ¾ cup
  • Poppy seeds (khuskhus) 1½ tsps
  • Olive oil 1 tbsp + to shallow fry
  • Turmeric powder 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon juice 1 tbsp
  • Tamarind pulp 2 tsps
  • Medium tomato, cut into wedges 1
  • Paos to serve


  • Put ginger, garlic, green chillies, black peppercorns, cinnamon, cumin seeds, clove, coriander leaves, poppy seeds, 1 tbsp olive oil and little water into a blender jar and blend into a fine paste. Transfer the paste into a bowl.
  • Add turmeric powder, salt, lemon juice and tamarind pulp and mix well.
  • Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces and put into a mixing bowl, add cafreal paste and mix well and keep it in the a refrigerator to marinate for 1 hour.
  • Skewer the chicken pieces onto skewers.
  • Heat some olive oil in a non-stick grill pan, keep the skewers in it and grill, rotating the skewers, till the chicken is golden brown all around.
  • Add some tomato wedges to the grill pan and grill for 2-3 minutes.
  • Arrange the skewers on a serving platter and garnish with lemon slices and tomato wedges and serve hot with paos.