Chicken Cafreal


Chicken Cafreal

Goa is a beautiful place with scenic surroundings and you can discover sizzling spicy dishes too in Goan Cuisine. Chicken Cafreal is one such dish, very unique in preparation with lots of coriander leaves, lime juice and other spicy flavored ingredients giving a green color tinge to the dish. Chicken Cafreal is believed to be brought down by Portuguese to Goa. Marinated chicken pieces are deep fried until soft and succulent. You can explore a step wise presented Chicken Cafreal dish here that can be easily prepared at home with minimal ingredients. Enjoy the lip smacking dish.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine North Indian
Servings 4 people


  • 500 g Chicken cut into pieces
  • Salt As reqd
  • 2 lime Lemon juice
  • Coriander leaves A bunch
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 10 nos Garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 6 nos Green chillies
  • 2 nos Onions
  • 2 nos Star anise Thakkolam
  • Oil As reqd
  • For garnishing:
  • 2 nos Onions sliced into rings
  • 2 nos Tomatoes sliced
  • 2 nos Potatoes sliced and fried
  • 2 nos Lemon sliced


  • For preparing Chicken Cafreal, marinate the chicken pieces with a mixture of salt and lime juice. Keep chicken pieces aside for 15 minutes.
  • Grind the remaining ingredients: coriander leaaves, ginger, garlic, garam masala powder, green chillies, onion and star anise to a fine paste.
  • Apply the masala paste onto the chicken pieces and marinate the chicken for 30 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the marinated chicken pieces.
  • Cover with a lid and fry in low flame until done.
  • Garnish with onion rings, slices of tomatoes, potato slices and lemon wedges.
  • :- Serve Chicken Cafreal hot with rice.
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