Chicken Cafreal

A popular Goan chicken dish – very flavourful and very tasty This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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Chicken Cafreal

Main Ingredients Chicken , Cumin seds
Cuisine Goan
Course Main Course Chicken
Prep Time 1-1.30 hour
Cook time 21-25 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Mild
Level of Cooking Moderate
Others Non Veg

Ingredients list for Chicken Cafreal

  • 750 grams Chicken cut into 2 inch pieces on the bone
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seds
  • 5-6 Cloves
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander seeds
  • 3 Green cardamoms
  • 8-10 Black peppercorns
  • 1 inch Cinnamon
  • 1 inch Ginger roughly chopped
  • 4-5 cloves Garlic roughly chopped
  • 3-4 Green chillies roughly chopped
  • a handful Fresh coriander leaves roughly chopped
  • to taste Salt
  • 3 tablespoons Oil
  • 3 tablespoons Vinegar
  • for garnish Fried onions


  1. Heat a non-stick pan, add cumin seeds, cloves, coriander seeds, green cardamom, black peppercorns and cinnamon, mix and dry roast till fragrant. Transfer into a mixer jar.
  2. Add garlic, ginger, green chillies, coriander leaves and some water and grind to a smooth paste.
  3. Take the chicken in a large bowl, add ground paste and salt and mix well. Keep aside to marinate for 1 hour.
  4. Heat oil in a deep non-stick pan. Add the marinated chicken and mix well. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or till the chicken is well cooked.
  5. Switch off the heat, add vinegar and mix well.
  6. Transfer into a serving plate, garnish with fried onions and serve hot.