Mushroom Cafreal

Mushroom Cafreal is a Goan semi dry curry made my stir frying mushrooms marinated in a coriander based green sauce.

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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

How to make vegan Goan Portuguese Mushroom Cafreal curry at

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. Apart from the marination time, this curry is complete from start to finish in almost 30 minutes. Yes, that's it - Half an Hour!!

How to make vegan Goan Portuguese Mushroom Cafreal curry at
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The Cafreal is all about the sauce, that is also the marinade. It is such a simple 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, Onions, Garlic, Green Chillies, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cumin, Pepper, Sugar, Oil and Limes. While the traditional recipe may call for vinegar, I can't stand it's 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 halved mushrooms and let them soak in all that goodness for at least an hour. Then heat oil in a pan and stir fry chopped capsicum and onions. Once they have softened slightly, add the mushroom and fry on medium heat for 5-6 minutes. Then add the remaining sauce and a little water and cook until the mushrooms are done to your liking. Garnish with coriander and lime and serve it with Pao or bread.

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If you liked this, you may also like:

  • Saasav - Goan curry made with ripe mangoes and coconut.
  • Vegetable Jalfrezi - Quick tomato based gravy made with mix vegetables and paneer.
  • Mushroom Biryani - Mushroom Biryani is Basmati rice cooked along with whole spices and mushrooms.

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
Prep Time:     1 Hour 30 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Yield:                Serves 2


10-12 Mushrooms
2 cups Coriander leaves, tightly packed
4-5 Garlic Cloves
1" Cinnamon stick
0.5 tsp Cumin seeds
4 Cloves
1 tsp Coriander Powder
1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds
2-3 Green Chilli
8-10 Peppercorns
2 Onions
0.5 Capsicum
1 Lime
4-5 tsp Oil
1 tsp Sugar
Water as required


Blend together the coriander leaves, 1 onion, garlic, green chillies, cinnamon, cumin seeds, peppercorns, cloves, lime juice and sugar with 1-2 Tbsp of water into a smooth paste to make the marinade.
Halve the mushrooms and rub in 3/4th the marinade, 2 tsp Oil and salt as required into them. Cover and keep aside for at least 1 hour.
Heat the remaining oil in a pan and add the marinated mushrooms.
Fry the mushrooms on low to medium heat until slightly browned while stirring occasionally. It takes around 4-5 minutes.
Add in the remaining marinade and 1/2 cup of water. Adjust the salt and sugar as required.
Cook on low heat for 8-10 minutes.
Serve hot with bread.

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