Have you heard of chicken cafrael? I hadn’t until coming across it for this month’s Random Recipes. It’s a Goan dish of chicken, marinated in a vinegary green masala, which is then grilled, fried or baked. I love the taste of vinegar in Indian recipes and already make a red Goan chicken dish which has a vinegary spice paste but this was my first time to make chicken cafrael.
This month for Random Recipes we had to count along our books until we came to number 17 and I was more than happy to pick Floyd’s India. Despite my love of Indian food, I’m ashamed to say that I had never actually used this book before. It was one of the poor forgotten ones that I got before a lot of my other books. I know that when I first got it, I read it and drooled at a lot of the recipes but for some reason did not actually make anything. I think it was before I began cooking a lot of Indian food at home and maybe I was little intimidated by all the spices, and also by the fact that I didn’t have a food processor back then. Now, when I look through the ingredients for the recipes I have almost everything and can’t understand why this book has been so neglected. It will certainly be used again after this first recipe anyway. The chicken was delicious and I served it with rice and spinach raita, which is my current favourite raita.
Ingredients – serves 2
300g chicken – I used mini fillets
Small piece of ginger
Handful of coriander(cilantro)
2 cloves garlic
4 green chillies
1 tsp ground coriander or coriander seeds
3 cardamom pods
1 tsp black peppercorns
1/2 tsp cinnamon or small piece of cinnamon stick
White wine vinegar
How to make Chicken Cafrael
1. Grind any whole spices in a pestle and mortar. Then put all the ingredients except the chicken in a food processor. Just add a little vinegar. If the mixture is too dry add a little more.
2. Rub the mixture into the chicken and leave in the fridge to marinate for at least an hour. If you use larger pieces of chicken, make a few slashes in them with a knife before rubbing the marinade in.
3. Fry the chicken pieces in a little oil until cooked inside and browned on the outside. You could also roast it in the oven or barbecue it.