Friday, May 2, 2008

Chicken Cafreal..easier done than said!!!

Chicken Cafreal is one of my classic preparations. It is absolutely fool proof, it has never failed...and it is probably the easiest and yet impressive dish that I rustle up in no time at all. Of course there's no way I can really take all the credit for it. The secret is a ready-made marinade that I buy and always have in my pantry cupboard. Cafreal Masala by Goana foods. You can order this online, they will deliver it by post to you.

The masala itself is a coriander/mint paste with some other spices, a green masala.

Cafreal Masala

Chicken Cafreal.

1 chicken
cafreal masala
salt (only if you need it)
Butter/Olive oil

Marinate the chicken pieces in a generous amount of the marinade masala. Let it sit for half an hour or so. heat butter or Olive il in a flat pan and put in the marinated chicken and marinade. Fry on a high flame till chicken is well coated in oil/butter and the masala for about 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce flame and cook covered till the chicken is cooked through.

Serve with garlic bread or rotis or regular sliced bread. It tastes lovely with the little soft 'gutli' pavs that are available in Mumbai, too.

You can use this same masala with squid. Get the squid cleaned and sliced into thin rings. marinate and cook as above. It's just yummy!! Prawns work well too.

You can make a really yummy and out of the ordinary starter by doing chicken wings with this marinade. Make sure you have plenty of paper napkins around!


Rachel said...

reminds of the chicken cafreal I used to have at florentines in Goa..brought back a lot of these glad you said we could order this online..but from?

Rhea Mitra Dalal said...

The masalas can be ordered from

That's the company website.

Unknown said...

Interesting that apna indian companies are also selling their masalas online! People are going to love your shortcuts

UrbanElectric said...

Hello love, I was in Goa two weeks ago and went to Florentine's on my last day and froze 3 whole cafreals to bring back... reading your blog for the first time and guess what's on for dinner... I defrosted one last night. Oooh and I also froze and broght back some poi's.... Yumsky!