Cafreal is nothing but a spicy chicken preparation that is a hot favourite in Goa. Well it is not just a spicy chicken preparation. Even the most basic preparation has ingredients like fresh coriander leaves, onion, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, pepper, chilli, mace, clove powder and lime juice. So you can imagine the dish when prepared for special occasions.
Apparently chicken cafreal is always made from whole chicken legs, which are flavoured with all the spices and herbs mentioned above. Then it is shallow fried. The dish is generally served with potato and lime wedges and savoured as snacks or can be eaten as a meal.
Chicken Cafreal is another dish that was introduced to Goans by Portuguese. In fact the dish has its origin in Portuguese colonies in the African continent. It is believed that African soldiers serving under the Portuguese introduced the dish.