Chicken Cafreal / Traditional Goan Chicken Recipe.

chicken-cafreal-recipeThis is the traditional Goan version of masala chicken fry. Chicken Cafreal is originally from Africa, it’s introduced to Goa by the Portuguese.  This makes as a side dish or as starter.  Cafreal is usually made with chicken leg pieces.  Here I am using the normal pieces. This is very tasty and it gives an aromatic spices.

Chicken Cafreal

Let’s see the preparation is bellow with detailed images and the ingredient list.


  1. Chicken 250 gm
  2. Cinnamon 1 piece
  3. Cumin seeds ½ table spoon
  4. Poppy seeds 1 ½ table spoon
  5. Pepper seeds 6 no.s
  6. Cloves 4 no.s
  7. Green chili 3
  8. Garlic 5 cloves
  9. Ginger 1 piece
  10. Coriander leaves 1 hand full
  11. Lemon juice 1 table spoon
  12. Water 1 table spoon
  13. Turmeric powder ½ table spoon
  14. Salt to taste
  15. Oil 3 table spoon
  16. Butter ½ table spoon



In a pan dry roast 2 to 5 ingredients and put in to a blender.


Add 6 to 12 ingredients in the same blender.Grind it and make a smooth paste.



Then add salt as per your taste and turmeric powder. Again blend it.



Then remove in to a plate, marinate chicken with the green malala paste. Put in the refrigerator for 2 hours.


After 2 hours heat oil in a non stick pan and fry the marinated chicken on both sides in low flame.


Add butter in it, and then switch off the flame.


The tasty and yummy Goan style spicy chicken Cafreal is ready to serve. Enjoy cooking….