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Galinha Cafreal
(chicken marinated and fried)

Galinha is Portuguese for chicken. This recipe is believed to have originated from Africa. It basically means "grilled chicken", although in Goa it is fried instead of being grilled.

1 large chicken (1 kg) jointed
6 green chillies/peppers
1 inch piece ginger
10 cloves garlic
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
tsp garam masala
1 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp oil
2 medium onions, chopped fine
4 large tomatoes, halved
6 medium potatoes, boiled, halved

Grind to a fine paste, the ginger, garlic and all the spices in the lemon juice, including the green chillies/peppers and half chopped onions, adding salt to taste. Joint the chicken and apply the ground spices to the chicken pieces. Marinate the chicken for 2 hours. Heat oil in a pan on medium flame and saute the rest of the chopped onion. Fry the chicken pieces, turning them over both the sides till the pieces are browned and cooked (approx. 20 mins). In a separate pan, heat 1 tbsp oil and fry potatoes and then very lightly the halved tomatoes. Serve the chicken with the fried potatoes and tomatoes.




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