Chicken cafreal is a cuisine that is made by marinating chicken pieces by using garlic, ginger, chilies and roasted masala paste and by cooking it. The delicacy is green in appearance due to the marinating paste of chicken and has a tangy flavor. Chicken cafreal is similar to Goa’s tandoori chicken but the only difference is the green color and it also resembles the Portuguese grilled chicken. It is a mouth watering and a scrumptious dish, which is attractive to people by its appearance itself.
Ingredients and Method of Preparation as per Chicken Cafreal Recipe
The basic ingredients required for preparing chicken cafreal are chicken pieces, onions, oil, green chilies, ginger, garlic, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cloves, green cardamom, peppercorns, cinnamon, vinegar and salt. The initial step is to clean and wash the chicken pieces then deep incisions are made in each. The onions are sliced finely and are added in a kadai for shallow frying in little oil until it turns crispy and golden brown in color. The fried onions are to be kept aside in paper towel so that the excess oil is absorbed and then can be used as garnishing.
A paste is prepared by adding green chilies, which should be washed properly, and the ginger and garlic are peeled and washed. Spices such as cumin seeds, cloves, coriander seeds, peppercorns, green cardamoms and cinnamon are roasted and added by using water. The salt is added to the paste and then the chicken pieces are marinated with the green colored paste properly and are kept in refrigerator for about 3 hours. In a Teflon pan, the oil is heated then the marinated chicken pieces are added and is covered and cooked in medium flame by stirring. A little warm water is added in the chicken cafreal so that it does not burn and it is cooked for about 10 minutes. After the chicken cafreal recipe is almost prepared, few drops of vinegar are added and are simmered for more 3 minutes.
Serving Chicken Cafreal
It is always served hot with fried onions and with various salads. It is served with many sauces such as mustard, chili and is served as a snack.
Some Health Facts Related to Chicken Cafreal Recipe
Chicken cafreal is a healthy and a heavy cuisine, which contains of nutritional values such as proteins, carbohydrates and fats but should be consumed in small amounts.