Quail Tomato Curry - Hot Food Lover:)

Kaadai Thakkali Kuzhambu:

Other Names: Kaadai Curry. Fiery hot Quail Curry. Hot and Spicy Quail Curry. Kaadai Thakkali Masala.


Quails 1 pound(Cage free bird/ peasant bird)
Garlic 2 whole head, peeled and grated
Country Tomatoes large 3-6 (made into puree)
Dry Red Chilies 10-15 (Roasted and Powdered)
Turmeric 1/4 spoon
Lemon 1 large fruit
Mustard seeds 1 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 spoon
Fenugreek seeds 1/4 spoon
Asafoetida 1/2 spoon
Dry red chilies 3 - crisply fried for decoration
Curry leaves crisply fried for decoration
Sesame oil 1 cups


In a large non-stick wok, heat oil. Add mustard, cumin, fenugreek seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves. Let them pop and splutter well. Set aside to garnish.

Marinate the birds with salt, lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder and pinch of turmeric.

In a wide wok, add oil. Add garlic and fry them till fragrant. Then followed by chili flakes/powder...fry till fragrant.

Stir-in marinated meat along with its juice. Fry real good till opaque.

Now add tomato puree to it. Cover and cook over medium heat. This gravy will splatter around your stove top. So keep it covered.

Once gravy consistency is achieved and oil shows up on top, remove from heat.

Squeeze lemon juice if necessary. Garnish with the tempering spices(step 1).

Serve warm to go with you plain steamed rice, idly, dosa or barotta/roti.


Mélange said...

Woo..Thats super hot as you said..Looks very tempting.

sangee vijay said...

The recipe is interesting n I am goin to do some experiments :) the platter looks tempting ....I am learning more new recipes from u malar....thanx for sharing!!!

Biny Anoop said...

its very new to me...never tried quail...wow looks gr8

Priya said...

Very interesting curry,never tried quail yet..

Nitha said...

tempting one..


Looks so tempting ...

Anonymous said...

Looks yummy...Where did u get kadai?

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

woww.. looks delicious Malar... color and that masala is super tempting. its tough to get quail here.. wen i get , i wl try ur recipe Malar,..

Malar Gandhi said...

Lena and Anonymous,

I get kaadai from meat market, on weekends - India.

In U.S, I get them in frozen section aisle at Kroger and Wall Mart. It is called Quail or Pheasant bird here. It can also be hunted for meat during season.

Malar Gandhi said...

Thank you girls:)