Chicken Cafreal

chicken cafreal
chicken cafreal
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This is the equivalent of Portuguese-style grilled chicken and the sauce it is marinated in tastes a lot like the famous Portuguese Peri-peri sauce. Serve Chicken Cafreal hot with a fresh green salad.

Chicken Cafreal
This is a spicy Goan chicken dish originating from our Portuguese roots. It can be either eaten as a starter or served as a main course.
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  1. 6-8 chicken thighs/drumsticks
  2. For the Cafreal Masala
  3. 7 - 8 green chillies
  4. 8-10 stalks of coriander leaves.
  5. 1.5 inch piece of ginger
  6. 10 -12 flakes of garlic
  7. 7-8 peppercorns
  8. 1 cinnamon stick
  9. 1 teaspoon whole cumin
  10. 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  11. 4 - 6 cloves
  12. 2 tbsps vinegar (can use lime juice or tamarind water if preferred)
  13. salt
  1. 1. Blend all the masala ingredients into a smooth paste. The masala can be stored for later usage in the fridge.
  2. 2. Cut the chicken pieces into required sizes, make incisions into the flesh. Apply the masala and let it marinate in the fridge overnight. Season with salt.
  3. 3. In a deep pan place the chicken and masala , cover and cook on slow flame. After 5 mins, turn the chicken pieces. Remove the lid so the gravy starts to thicken and coats the chicken. Turn the chicken so it cooks evenly.
  4. 4. Serve with fried potato chips or salad.
  1. Note no oil was used above. However you can also fry the chicken if you do not want to cook it as mentioned in step 3.
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