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Cafreal is a well known and one of the most loved marination of Goan cuisine, also shows the impact of Portuguese cuisine in this preparation.

Featuring Chef Sameer Bhandari, working as a Executive Brand Chef in Jumbo Hospitality , New Delhi, India. He worked in several five star hotels, restaurants in India and the middle east. A true Culinarian starts in the industry with A and still learning. As he adds that Culinary Knowledge is so vast that one can learn everyday with new ingredient in his whole life. Chef Sameer currently working with jumbo hospitality as a brand executive chef and implementing new things in the operations and pre- opening strategies. He is responsible for hiring and get train the new staff. Get trained in European cuisine chef Sameer , have good hands in Indian and Gastro pub food. His dishes in the menus are loved by everyone. He share his recipe of Cafreal chicken which he baked in the oven. So lets check out his recipe and his thought on the dish.

What is Cafreal ....Cafreal is basically a marinade which is used to marinate chicken, fish , lamb and any other meat. It is famous green marinade in Goan cuisine. It also shows the impact of Portuguese cuisine. It is made up of Coriander Leaves,Garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, cumin. Its bit spicy in taste, aromatic and absolutely delicious.

Though the version of my recipe is not only inspired from the authentic marinade but it is also modified to suite the taste buds of modern culinary lovers. We will use the this in the preparing a healthy yet delicious dish that i named "OVEN BAKED CAFREAL CHICKEN

Message for the budding chefs

The Hospitality Industry is very challenging and demanding these days. You might find it very hard and unbearable in in initial period of you training or the job as a member of kitchen team. But ultimately if you have passion and skills you will make your way to the top one day.

"Work Hard - Remember, it is one of the most wonderful things in this world to see someone enjoy the every bite of dish you made" .

Lets check out his recipe


Chicken (Boneless Thigh) 500g

Hung Curd 20g

For Marinade

Coriander fresh leaves 250 g Mint leaves 150 g Spring onion shallots 200 g Ginger 2 inch Garlic cloves 5-6 cloves Cumin seeds 2 tsp Cloves 2 tbsp Black peppercorn 2 tbsp Green chilies 5no. Lemon juice 4 tbsp Turmeric powder 1 tsp Salt 2 tsp Sugar 1tsp Cinnamon powder ½ tsp Vegetable oil 1 tbsp


1 Put all the ingredients of marinade in blender and blend until a smooth paste is formed.

2 Take 4 pieces of boneless and cleaned chicken thigh, marinate them with the cafreal marination and 1 tablespoon of hung curd, rest in the chiller for at least 1 hour.

3 Bring the oven to the temperature of 180 degree centigrade, place the marinated chicken thighs in a baking tray.

4 Bake the chicken for 10 minutes. Take the chicken out from the oven and cover the baking tray using silver foil, cook for another 10 minutes.

5.Check for the doneness of the chicken, plate and present with sliced onion rings, any kind of your favorite dip mint sauce, tamarind sauce.

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