Baked Turkey Recipe with Cafreal Masala

21 Nov

I had to make an emergency trip to Goa and it’s been 2 days now with a 13.5 hrs time difference. Fighting the jet lag after a 20 hour flight and trying to enjoy my mum’s home cooked food. I am hoping to get some pictures that I can post when I get back from my short trip. Wishing you all a great Thanksgiving week and be safe while you travel.


This recipe of Baked Turkey with Cafreal Spices for Thanksgiving has a nice spice kick to an all time classic recipe. I had to try this recipe as my husband is not a great fan of turkey but he seemed excited about this one. He loves spicy foods.

Turkey in Goa is made mostly for weddings, its was considered as an auspicious meat. My parents being fond of turkey always looked forward to weddings that had it on the menu. It’s amazing how your world is defined by your surrounding until I got exposed to the bigger world and so when I came to the US, I wasΒ  surprised by how easily turkey meat was available.

Serving Size: 6-8


8 lbs turkey

6-8 tbsp of cafreal masala

2 lemon

2-3 tbsp of butter

1 poultry blend (optional)


salt to taste


Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe with Cafreal Spices

Β  Directions:

  • Wash the turkey, clean the inside of the cavity, wipe the turkey dry.
  • Apply salt, lemon juice and cafreal masala to the turkey, if possible apply some underneath the skin of the breast. Marinate overnight. If you like it spicy then you can add about 2-3 tbsp of cafreal masala.
  • Heat oven to 350F.
  • Drizzle the turkey with olive oil and rub it over. You can add the poultry blend inside the cavity of the turkey.
  • Put in the turkey for 1 hr 50 minutes using the chart, that for every pound add 15 minutes to the cooking time but it depends on the oven and mine got ready in a shorter time.
  • After 1 1/2 hrs, brush some butter on top of the turkey to crisp the skin. Check with a meat thermometer till internal temp is about 165F.
  • Let the turkey rest for 20 minutes covered in foil, a tip I got from Ina Garten before you carve it.

You can use the spiced leftover turkey for fajita or enchiladas or the all time favorite turkey sandwich.


64 Responses to “Baked Turkey Recipe with Cafreal Masala”

  1. Jueseppi B. November 21, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

    Reblogged this on MrMilitantNegroβ„’.

    • Nandini November 21, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

      Jueseppi, Thank you for the reblog. It is very much appreciated and very kind of you πŸ™‚

  2. amandahoedt November 21, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

    Sounds so good!

    • Nandini November 21, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

      Thank You so mych Amanda:-)

  3. HotDish November 21, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    Love this idea. I find turkey pretty boring, but this sounds exciting!

    • Nandini November 21, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

      Thank You sso much. That is so true, it just spices things up πŸ™‚

  4. talker blogger November 21, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

    I want to eat the pictures you posted !!! LoL 😊

  5. writersdream9 November 21, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

    Writing recipes is very hard and you did an excellent job!!

    • sanseilife November 21, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

      I agree I can smell that turkey roasting!

      • Nandini November 21, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

        Love the smell of roasting,just gives you a warm cozy feeling :-). Did I just get rhyming…hahaha!

    • Nandini November 21, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

      Awww…Thank You Carol you are so sweet :-). Baking Turkey can be tricky sometimes, as there is only a 50% chance of it turning out right.

  6. mihrank November 21, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    delicious and yummy – preparing and writing recipe in difficult and even harder to cook it. Bravo!

    • Nandini November 21, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

      Thank You Mihran for youur kind words.

  7. Michelle Dennis - Author November 21, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

    Reblogged this on My Wonder Emporium.

    • Nandini November 21, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

      Oh wow! Thank you so much Michelle, I truly apprecciate it πŸ™‚

      • Michelle Dennis - Author November 21, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

        I love your blog! Plus, it’s my turn to do the turkey this Christmas! πŸ™‚

        • Nandini November 22, 2014 at 4:48 am #

          Awww…. thanks Michelle. Wishing you all the very best with the turkey πŸ™‚

  8. "Cheffie Cooks" November 21, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

    Hi Nandini, safe trip back to US and work and family here! Cheryl

    • Nandini November 22, 2014 at 4:47 am #

      Thank You so much Cheryl. That is so sweet of you. My dad has not been doing very well and has become bedridden. My mum wanted me to come and get his blessings. It’s a bittersweet trip 😦

  9. Dilip November 22, 2014 at 5:46 am #

    Happy thanksgiving Nandini. The turkey looks delicious πŸ™‚

    • Nandini November 22, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

      Thank you so much Dilip. You too have a great Thanksgiving.

  10. Sandhya November 22, 2014 at 5:50 am #

    That Turkey looks DELICIOUS Nandini! My mouth is watering and I am not even a huge turkey fan.
    Have a great weekend

    • Nandini November 22, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

      Awww…thanks you so much Sandhya. That was very sweet of you to say. You too have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  11. Maryanne November 22, 2014 at 8:01 am #

    Wishing you and your family a lovely Thanksgiving! πŸ™‚

    • Nandini November 22, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

      Thank You so much Maryanne. A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well πŸ™‚

  12. Guidance Fitness Personal Training November 22, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    Oh yes, spicy turkey!! More please! Thank you for the like on 10 minute exercise Nandini. Have a memorable Thanksgiving. Bob

    • Nandini November 22, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

      You are welcome Bob and a Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.

      • Guidance Fitness Personal Training November 22, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

        does the Cafreal Masala have a thick consistency like a paste? This sounds like a wonderful pesto or spread for bread, or possibly to stir into rice.

        • Nandini November 23, 2014 at 5:24 am #

          It is a wet paste, but you can not eat it in it’s raw form. Cooking rice with it you can. Like Arroz con Pollo.

  13. sabineyoga November 22, 2014 at 6:55 pm #

    You’re not in Goa? I have to leave India soon and my husband is here for a little bit longer. I was sending him up to meet you on my behalf. 🌷😏

    • Nandini November 23, 2014 at 5:26 am #

      Yes I am :-). An unexppected trip, as my dad who is 89 years old is not in a good state with his health and my mother wanted me to come and see him before he got worse. A bitter sweet trip for 2 weeks 😦

  14. alpenglownutrition November 23, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    I’m so excited to try this recipe. We’re going to a Thanksgiving potluck where I’m going to bring a side dish, but we want to make our own turkey to have left overs at home :-). This looks like a perfect recipe to mix things up. Thanks and I hope you have some good family time despite the bittersweet trip home.

    • Nandini November 23, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

      That will be awesome Erin πŸ™‚

  15. Duane McKinney November 23, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    hi nandina!! i enjoy your site,soon i hope mine will grow but i am a old farmer boy and type with one finger!!lol i am a fairly dedicated chef but have never used or even heard of cafreal masala??? what n does it consist off,,can i get it at specialty stores??? thank you have a ghreat day!! Duane drano

    • Nandini November 23, 2014 at 10:07 pm #

      Duane, thank you so much for your kinds words. It makes me happy to know you enjoy my blog. Dont worry I too type with one finger as well, you will get there soon just keep at it. Cafreal Masala is an Indian curry paste only available in the state of Goa. It’s made with freshh cilantro, green chili, ginger, garlic and dried spices that has been ground in vinegar. It’s available online at Hope this helps.

  16. roweeee November 24, 2014 at 2:31 am #

    Hi Nandini,
    Just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I’ve really been enjoying your blog although I haven’t been brave enough to try the recipes…yet! For the details about the award, you can click through here:
    Best wishes,

    • Nandini November 24, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

      Thank You so much Rowena, that was a very sweet gesture. I am greatly honored πŸ™‚

  17. Dionysus Amber November 24, 2014 at 2:43 am #

    I was thinking: You ought to offer free snacks for each person as they visit your site. Since your recipes always make me feel so hungry. πŸ™‚

    • Nandini November 24, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

      Lol….may be I should have BOYS (Bring Your Own Snack) policy on my website πŸ™‚

      • Dionysus Amber November 25, 2014 at 3:23 am #

        ha-ha! Very good idea πŸ™‚

  18. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. November 24, 2014 at 3:23 am #

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    A timely recipe for Turkey with the wonderful spices that infuse it from Goa.

  19. Let's CUT the Crap! November 24, 2014 at 7:03 am #

    The spice ingredients sound awesome. Time to try a new flavor turkey. πŸ˜€

    • Nandini November 24, 2014 at 6:55 pm #

      It’s good to do something different outside of the norm once’s a while πŸ™‚

  20. Maccabros November 25, 2014 at 12:58 am #

    I should give it a try – looks very good… πŸ™‚

    • Nandini November 25, 2014 at 5:42 am #

      Thank You! You sure should give it a go πŸ™‚

  21. teagan geneviene November 25, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    It’s a fascinating perspective about turkey dinner. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. πŸ™‚

    • Nandini November 26, 2014 at 3:35 am #

      Thank You Teagan πŸ™‚

  22. yummyinsidemytummy November 25, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    What a brilliant take on it!

    • Nandini November 26, 2014 at 3:37 am #

      Thanks Riya πŸ™‚

  23. Pattu November 25, 2014 at 10:59 pm #

    yummy! soo tempting! πŸ™‚

    • Nandini November 26, 2014 at 3:47 am #

      Thank Pattu πŸ™‚

  24. conniecockrell November 29, 2014 at 6:34 am #

    Hmmm, never thought about a turkey seasoned that way. Thanks for sharing. Many thanks for stopping by my blog again. I appreciate it.

    • Nandini November 30, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

      You are so welcome Connie and Thank You πŸ™‚

  25. deutschtrailers December 2, 2014 at 5:24 am #

    Mmmhhhh delicious, thank you very much Nandini….πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

  26. Aquileana December 5, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

    Great recipe ⭐
    Thanks for sharing!. Best wishes. Aquileana πŸ˜€

    • Nandini December 6, 2014 at 2:12 am #

      Thank You so much Aquileana πŸ™‚

  27. askmrtony December 8, 2014 at 5:51 am #

    That turkey looks delicious! I’m sure the world loves your recipes.

  28. madeauxb December 18, 2014 at 7:33 am #

    Can not get cafreal massala where I live. What spices can I mix to get a similar taste?

  29. Mariposaoro February 23, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

    I may have to try this on christmas day!

    • Nandini February 23, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

      Sounds like a great idea πŸ™‚

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