Chicken Cafreal Recipe

30 minutes
2 portions

Chicken Cafreal Recipe

Crescentia Fernandes and her husband Chris run a wonderful Goan restaurant in Gurgaon by the name Bernado’s. Crescentia’s a supeb cook ‘n Bernado’s my regular joint for a Goan food fix. Chris and Crescentia started Bernado’s some 9-odd years ago in Delhi. The restaurant’s moved to different locations over the years ‘n now has finally set anchor in Supermart 1 mall in Gurgaon.

Chicken Cafreal was supposed to have originated in Africa ‘n was brought to Goa, where it got localised with the addition of local ingredients ‘n spices. Here’s Crescentia’s chicken cafreal recipe on video






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Chicken Cafreal Recipe

Chicken Cafreal Recipe by Crescentia Fernandes

Food Maestros are one among us. They use simple ingredients ‘n create complex magic with ‘em. Food Maestros aren’t just talented chefs who innovate with food. They’re also homemakers with extra ordinary cooking skills n’ cooking enthusiasts who’ve risen from burnt embers of many a kitchen disaster ‘n finally spend hours whiling away their time creating their next perfect creation. As part of the Food Maestros section, I only work with Indian food ’n much prefer recipes that’ve been handed down from generation to generation. There’s a sea of learning that one gets from just simple home cooking. And I firmly believe in one thing. The camera doesn’t lie. If one’s not confident of the food one makes, It shows up on camera. That’s why I love shooting with traditional homemakers more than professional chefs. I love the purity of their recipes, especially the ones handed down by their mom. What you’d call mom’s cooking with love. I call it purity of recipes ‘n integrity of the cuisine that’ve been carefully studied ‘n worked upon over years ‘n decades. And then carefully preserved ‘n handed over by each generation. Of course, the love’s there. Good food doesn’t happen without love ‘n care.

Also, I take that extra effort ‘n shoot videos of each recipe because I feel that the written word loses out on many of the small touches that go into making that perfect dish ‘n maintaining the integrity of the cuisine. The list of ingredients along with their quantities are mentioned above and at the end of each video. But for the process, you’ll have to refer to the video itself.

And it’s always my endeavour to get you authentic recipes from across India, but I’m not an expert on each ‘n every regional cuisine ‘n sub-cuisine of India. And I really look forward to your feedback on each of the videos presented. Please do leave your feedback this chicken cafreal recipe in the comments section below, the Chowder Singh facebook group  or on the Chowder Singh youtube channel page.

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  • Chicken leg 2 nos
  • Coriander leaves 10 sprig
  • Ginger garlic paste 1 tablespoon/15gm
  • Black pepper powder 1 teaspoon/5gm
  • Cinnamon powder 1/2 teaspoon/2gm
  • Clove powder 1/5 teaspoon/1gm
  • Lime juice 3 tablespoon/45ml
  • Salt 1 teaspoon/5gm
  • Oil - 300ml for frying