Chicken Kaffril – Recipe

The ‘ Kaffirs ‘ were soldiers from Mozambique in South Africa, who served in the Portuguese Army. This is a chicken curry handed down from the Kaffirs, but modified in Goan style.

01. Boneless chicken – 1.2 kg
02. Coriander leaves – 1 bunch
03. Green Chillies – 10
04. Mint Leaves -1 bunch
05. Green Cardamom – 5 g
06. Cinnamon stick – 5 g
07. Cloves – 5 g
08. Ginger – 10 g
09. Garlic – 10 g
10. Turmeric powder – 1 tbsp
11. Ground nut oil – 125 ml
12. Onion (long sliced) – 1
13. Lemon juice – from 2 lemons
14. Salt – to taste
01. Clean and cut the chicken into four pieces. Apply salt and turmeric powder and keep aside for half an hour.

02. Grind the coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chillies,green cardamom,cinnamon, cloves, ginger and garlic to form a fine paste. Add the lemon juice to the paste and mix well.

03. Marinate the chicken with this paste and keep it aside for at least 2 hours.
04. Heat oil in a pan and sauté the sliced onions for a couple of minutes. Add the chicken, and continue to saute for a few minutes.
05.Next add one and a half cups of water. Keep covered and cook till the gravy is thick and partly dry.
06.Serve along with a small bowl of rice.


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