Prepare Chicken Cafreal

Ingredients :

1 chicken, prepared for roasting or jointed chicken pieces
juice of 1 lime
1 level tsp salt


5 dried red kashmiri chillies, ground
3 green chillies, de-seeded
4 peppercorns, ground
1 tblsp corriander seeds, ground
1/2 inch piece cinnamon bark, ground
1/2 inch piece mace, ground
8 cloves garlic
1 inch piece ginger


Preparation :

Rub the salt and lime juice over the chicken (also inside if whole).
Grind all the other ingredients together and rub over the chicken.
Cover and marinade over night in the fridge.

Heat oven to 325C. Place the chicken in a roasting tray and cover with foil
(this is important - the chicken must be moist when done and the spices must not burn).

For a 4lb chicken, cook for about 2 hrs (adjust the time to the size of bird
or if chicken joints are used). Baste several times during cooking. For the
last 15 minutes of cooking, remove the foil.

Remove the chicken from the roasting tray and leave to rest.
You now have two options for the 'gravy'. Either collect the pan juices as
is (no don't skim the fat off) or skim the fat, deglaze and make a gravy as
normal. When I had it in India it was served just with the pan juices.

Notes :- If a whole chicken was used, then cut into two halves post cooking, do not carve into slices ;- this is meant to be eaten with your hands.

Serve with plenty of bread to dip the juices up. Why not roast some root veges and garlic in the roasting tray while you are at it.


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Today chicken features in almost every cuisine. Its universal popularity is due to the fact that the flesh combines with an array of different ingredients. It is used in soups, salads, stir-fries, curries, roasts and braised dishes. Most parts of the bird is utilised. Cafrial is a method of preparation, usually used with chicken, in which the meat is marinated in a sauce of chillies, garlic and ginger and then dry-fried. This results in a light elegant spicy dish where there is a ray of sunshine in every mouthful.

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