Veg Cafrèal

Cafrèal is a classic Goan recipe originally made with chicken but I tried to make a Veg. Version of it using cottage cheese(paneer). 


  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp chopped coriander
  • 1 piece cinnamon
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 small piece ginger
  • 5 green chilies
  • 4 pieces garlic
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 pieces cardamom
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 4 tsp white rum
  • 4 Tbsp oil
  • 10 onion rings
  • 2 tsp ginger-garlic paste


  1. Marinade cottage cheese with salt and ginger-garlic paste and leave it for 25-30 minutes.
  2. Grind coriander, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, green chilies, garlic, cumin seeds, cardamom, vinegar and white rum to a paste.
  3. Saute cottage cheese till light golden brown.
  4. Add paste, two tbsp oil and onion rings to the cottage cheese and reduce flame to low.
  5. After 10-15 minutes add two more Tbsp oil and white rum.
  6. Simmer till water evaporates and cottage cheese readies.




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