Goan Chicken Cafreal
Chicken Cafreal is a Goan Portuguese fusion dish. The hot and spicy chicken can be served as an appetizer or full meal with fries and salad. I served it with cucumber-mango salad and French fries for our dinner.
2 pounds Chicken thighs and legs, cut into small pieces
3-4 tbsp. Cafreal masala- home made or store bought*
1 tbsp. oil.
1 baby cucumber
1/2 mango chopped
salt and pepper
Juice of 1/2 lime
2 dried mint leaves
1/2 tsp. chat masala pdr
Potatoes- skinned and chopped into fries size
1 tbsp. rice flour
oil for Frying
Marinate the chicken pieces with the Cafreal masala and keep refrigerated for at least an hour. Longer the marinating, better the flavors develop.
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan.
Add the chicken and sauté on high heat for about 5 mins.
Lower the heat. Cover with lid and let the chicken cook in its own juices for about 20-25 mins.
Don't add any water.
Once the chicken is done, lift the cover and let the mixture dry up till the sauce just coats the chicken.
In a bowl, add the chopped mango and cucumbers.
Season with salt and pepper.
Add lime juice. Crush the dry mint leaves over the salad.
Stir in the chat masala and mix well.
Wipe dry the sliced potatoes.
Season the rice flour with salt.
Gently dust the potatoes with the seasoned rice flour. Shake off excess.
Drop them in hot oil and fry till crips and edges are brown.
Can also sprinkle some chat masala for more flavor.
Serve the chicken with mango salad and crispy fries for a complete meal.
*Note: Cafreal masala can be also store bought. It's sold in Indian Grocery stores. The brand I use is Goana Foods. The brand claims its free of any artificial flavors and preservatives. Taste great and very handy when I don't have time to prepare the paste.