Goan Mushroom Cafreal Recipe | How to make Mushroom Cafreal

Mushroom Cafreal recipe with step by step photo and video instructions. Mushroom Cafreal is a Goan semi dry curry made by stir frying mushrooms marinated in a coriander based green sauce. Mushroom Cafreal is vegan and gluten free.

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This Mushroom Cafreal was the perfect finish to my weekend. I spent some quality time with my favorite girl in the whole wide universe and I had to end the day with some real quality food. 

What quality time you ask? With whom you ask?

I spent my weekend strolling through crowded lanes of local markets with my favorite girl, my sis Gee - some real awesome quality Sister Time. We went to the old Bangalore areas of Chickpet, Raja Market, Baba Market and walked through lanes and little markets that we had never seen before. While we did not have any real shopping to do, we literally bought nothing - NA DA, we did something we hadn't done in such a long time. We did this a lot when we were both single and had all the time in the world to do what we do best - Window Shopping! We'd pick a street or a market and walk through it gazing at all the goods, barely stopping for a meal. That's exactly what we did, we walked, talked and laughed and ate just one Vada-Pav each and came back.

And as a plus point, in a totally unexpected little corner, I found a dry fruit store that pretty much has every nut and seed that I've only read of in recipes but never set my eyes upon. They had pecans and cranberries and pine nuts and hazelnuts etc etc. That tiny shop packed a punch. I'm so excited about my find!! Now all I need to do is find awesome recipes, so I can go back there and buy whatever nut I need.

How to make vegan Goan Portuguese Mushroom Cafreal curry at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

How to make vegan Goan Portuguese Mushroom Cafreal curry at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

Back to my dish of the day - Mushroom Cafreal. Although Cafreal is usually made with chicken, but this vegetarian option also rocks!

This Mushroom Cafreal is absolute MAGIC. The mushrooms are full of texture, and the green sauce is a full on flavor bomb. Mushrooms are always great, I simply LOVE Mushrooms. But if you don't replace the mushroom in this recipe with potatoes or cauliflower and it will taste just as awesome. I did make a Potato version for Raj and he loved it.

This Mushroom Cafreal is a game changer. Most people's idea of a curry is something that starts with roasting spices and involves cooking slowly on the stove top until everything comes together to get a balance of flavors. But this curry is nothing like it. It has only three steps - blending, marinating and frying. Of course, there are spices involved, but no roasting or frying them. And no slow cooking at all. This curry is complete from start to finish in almost 30 minutes. Yes, that's it - Half an Hour!!

The Cafreal is all about the sauce, that is also the marinade. It is such a simple sauce yet so delicious and versatile. It can be used not just for making Cafreal, but also in Biryani or to add zing to so many other curries. The green sauce is made of humble ingredients - fresh Coriander leaves, Garlic, Green Chillies, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cumin, Pepper, Sugar (optional), and lime juice. While the traditional recipe may call for vinegar, I can't stand its smell, and I also prefer the freshness of the limes over the vinegar, so I used lime juice. To make the marinade, just grind everything with a little water. You can store this in a glass jar in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. Add salt whenever you are using it.

Rub in the marinade to the mushrooms and let them soak in all that goodness. Then heat oil in a pan and fry the mushroom in one layer. If using a smaller pan, then it can be done in batches. Once the first side is browned, flip and allow the other side to brown. Then add the remaining marinade and fry for a few minutes until the raw smell goes off. If you want, you can also add water at this point to make a gravy. Garnish with coriander and lime and serve it with Pao or bread.

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Goan Mushroom Cafreal Recipe | How to make Mushroom Cafreal

How to make vegan Goan Portuguese Mushroom Cafreal curry at www.oneteaspoonoflife.comMushroom Cafreal is a semi dry vegan Goan curry made by stir frying mushrooms marinated in a quick spicy coriander sauce.

Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:            Goan Mushroom Cafreal Recipe | How to make Mushroom Cafreal
Prep Time:     10 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Total time:     40 minutes
Yield:                Serves 2


200 gms button Mushrooms
2 cups fresh Coriander leaves
1 Tbsp Garlic, chopped
1 Tbsp Ginger, chopped
2-3 Green Chillies, finely chopped
1" Cinnamon stick
0.5 tsp Cumin Seeds
8-10 Black Peppercorns
2-4 Cloves
0.5 Lime
1-2 Tbsp Water
3-4 Tbsp Oil
Salt to taste


1. Blend together coriander leaves, cumin seeds, cinnamon, black peppercorns, cloves, ginger, garlic, chilli, salt, lime juice with a little bit of water until smooth.
2. Clean the mushrooms and add in the blended marinade. Mix until all mushrooms are coated. You can halve the mushrooms if they are large.
3. Heat oil in a pan and add the mushrooms in a single layer. If using a small pan, this can be done in batches.
4. Cook on medium heat until the first side browns.
5. Flip and allow the other side to brown.
6. Add any remaining marinade and stir for 4-5 minutes or until the raw smell disappears.
7. If you want a gravy, you can add water at this stage to get the desired consistency and allow it to come to a boil.
8. Serve hot with pao or bread, or just like an appetizer.

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