O Maria Pitache- Goan Influenced Bar Foods
It’s a song that takes me back to my college days in Goa. I must say being a Mumbai-Boy, studying in Goa was an experience of its own. Food, Alcohol, Music, Parties, it's all happening there in the smallest state of India. I LOVE GOAN FOOD. Its bag of fresh flavors, fresh seafood and its Portuguese influence, I mean, What a combo! As we are doing our Karaoke special, it has put me to thoughts how I witnessed my first ever Karaoke Bar back in Goa.
This next recipe is my twist to a classical Goan Dish called “Chicken Cafreal” which takes me back to my college days. I have turned this famous Goan Fried Chicken into a Bar night classic. The first bite is going to make you dance to all the goan tunes.
Chicken Cafreal Skewers with fries.
Prep time: 20 mins( + minimum an hour of marination)
Cooking time: 10 mins
Serves: 4-6 people
500 gms chicken breast cut into strips.
Marinate with 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste and a pinch of salt.
7 - 8 Green Chillies
A handful of Coriander leaves
2 inch piece of Ginger
13 - 14 Garlic cloves
1 tbsp Khus Khus (poppy seeds)
7 Black Peppercorns
1 Big Piece of Cinnamon
1 tsp Jeera (cumin seeds)
1/2 tsp Haldi (turmeric powder)
A Small ball of Tamarind, soaked in little hot water.
4 - 6 Cloves
Add all the ingredients in a jar and grind it up in a mixer grinder till it turns into a green thick paste. Apply this Cafreal Masala to the chicken strips and allow it to marinate for minimum an hour. Keep it longer for better results.
Place the woodern skewers in water for half an hour atleast before you skewer the chicken strips. This prevents the wooden skewer from burning while cooking.
Heat oil in a pan and add the chicken skewers. Cook it for 2 mins on each side till it turns brown in colour.
Cook them in batches and serve over a bed of French fries and slices of onion.
It’s a banger recipe that made me nostalgic. Chicken Cafreal is an absolute favourite and it’s become one of the traditions to cook this up on every Sunday like other Goan families. It's easy to make, quick and fits my Goan inspired Karaoke night menu perfectly. Untill next time, keep cooking and sing “O Maria Pitache”
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Article and Images: Harsh Dixit
Four Seasons Chenin Blanc is a great accompaniment to mildly spiced Indian and Asian cuisine, and goes swimmingly well with Chicken Cafreal Skewers. It is enjoyed best at 8 -10º C.
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