Goa is known for its delicious curries and chicken preparations. One such popular dish is Chicken Cafreal. It is a spicy preparation that is often compared with Chicken Peri-Peri. But, this Goan delicacy has more complex flavours and is quite different in appearance and colour.


If you are looking for a simple and delicious chicken recipe for a special Sunday meal, you can try this chicken Cafreal recipe by Chef Dias, the Executive Chef at Club Mahindra Goa. 

It is a perfect starter for lunch or dinner.

Ingredients needed for Chicken Cafreal


· Chicken breast

· Cooking oil

· Mint leaves

· Coriander leaves

· Ginger

. Garlic

· Cloves

· Peppercorn

· Cinnamon

· Cafreal masala


Method for making Chicken Cafreal


· Grind coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chillies with cinnamon, cloves, ginger, garlic and peppercorn


· Put gashes on the chicken breast, marinate it with the Cafreal masala and let it sit for about four hours.


· Grill the chicken until it is cooked inside and charred on the outside.


· Garnish the chicken with mint leaves and extra Cafreal masala and serve!


About Chicken Cafreal


Originally made using chicken legs, Chicken Cafrael originated from Portuguese colonies in Africa. The dish became a part of the Goan cuisine as it was brought to the Indian shores by the Portuguese and African soldiers who served under the Portuguese. The original dish was shallow fried and usually served with potato and lime wedges.

Gourmet Gateways by Club Mahindra


At Club Mahindra resorts, we strive to give our patrons a delightful culinary experience. The chefs at the restaurants in our resorts bring with them years of experience and expertise. They have a deep understanding of flavour profiles, and every dish they create is nutritious and high in flavour and taste. 


Our chefs also source the best regional ingredients and use the latest culinary techniques to make every meal unforgettable! While holidaying at the Club Mahindra resorts in Goa, you can enjoy a delicious buffet lunch that includes local delicacies and a variety of other dishes. You can also ask the chef to create a special dish of your choice, like Chicken Cafreal, and enjoy a special Goan meal.  


About Club Mahindra Chef – Alex Rexon Dias


As they say, ‘your destiny is written at birth,’ Chef Alex Rexon Dias was destined to be a chef. Born and raised in Goa, Chef Dias discovered his cooking skills and passion when he won the best dish award during a school camp when the students had to cook for their teachers. Since then, he has come a long way to become one of our finest chefs.


With over 15 years of experience, Chef Dias has travelled far and wide to explore new cuisine worldwide and add new skills, techniques, and dishes to his repertoire. The Iconic Chef of the Year Award by Times of India is a testament to his excellent skills in the kitchen. Currently, the Executive Chef at Club Mahindra Goa, Chef Dias, has been stirring up a storm in the kitchen and delighting the guests with incredible local and international dishes. 

About Club Mahindra

Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd. (MHRIL), a part of Leisure and Hospitality sector of the Mahindra Group, offers quality family holidays primarily through vacation ownership memberships and brings to the industry values such as reliability, trust and customer satisfaction. Started in 1996, the company's flagship brand ‘Club Mahindra’, today has over 250,000 members , who can holiday at 100+ resorts in India and abroad.

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