Kaada Roast ~ Malabar Quail Roast

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So how has the start to the year been for all of you?  Alhamdulillah, it was good. We had a little trip to the Khorfakkan beach where HD and the kids enjoyed some time at the beach and we were home on time. Saturday was for relaxing at home. But then the first working day of the year started off with such a nasty headache that I had to skip work. It was that bad… That day, it was a nice rainy day too. It is strange that the winter just refuses to come in this part of the world. Even on the New Year day, it was so warm! Hope that the rain brings in the winter… hopefully…


Off to the recipe for the day… I first had quails at umma’s cousin’s house. They look like prematured chicken, don’t they? They are just so tiny to hold on too! Even though my folks didn’t like it, I loved it. The meat is slightly harder than a chicken but tastes good. It seems quails are medicinally very good, just like their eggs are. Once when I saw quail meat on sale, I decided to buy it and try a roast at home. That was how this roast was born. It was truly delicious, however, since it was quail, not everyone wanted to eat it. HD had one, but warned me that this would be the first and the last time that he would entertain quail in the house. 🙁 But he said the masala was too good and that’s why the post is appearing on the blog! Hehe…


Do check out what was posted on this day during the previous years…

2015Ethapazham Porichathu

2014Sausage Mixed Vegetable Noodles


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Kaada Roast ~ Malabar Quail Roast

Course Non-Vegeterian
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 600 gm quails
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp pounded ginger
  • 3 tsp pounded garlic
  • 3 green chillies minced
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1/2 cup shallots sliced
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 3 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp fennel powder
  • 1 cup thin coconut milk
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • Curry leaves and coriander leaves for garnish


  • Marinate the quail in the turmeric and vinegar for half an hour.
  • Heat the oil in saucepan. Fry the quails for 2 minutes on each side. Drain the quails.
  • In the same oil, add the ginger and garlic and cook till a nice aroma comes.
  • Add the onion, shallots and chillies and saute till wilted.
  • Add in the tomato and cook till pulped.
  • Add in the powders and saute till nicely cooked and dark in shade - ensure not to boil!
  • Add the coconut milk and bring to boil.
  • Add in the quails and cook till well done and the masala is dried and well coasted.
  • Sprinkle in the garam masala and cook for another two minutes.
  • Switch off and serve warm garnished with curry leaves and coriander leaves with rice or rotis!




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  1. Oh wow… never tasted quail but heard it tastes like chicken! Is it?… looks delicious rafee

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      A little harder than chicken meat dear but otherwise very similar… thanks a lot Jyothi…

  2. Looks so tasty! Never tasted quail before, very tempted to try this out!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Beulah…

  3. Never tried quail however it looks delicious

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Amrita…

  4. My FIL is a fan of quail….noneotherthanhimis interested in it..looks fingerlicking good.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nusrath…

  5. masala does the magic.. so quail is not entertained at my home.. because the cook doesnt like it (me) I will try this masala for chicken.. 🙂

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Fami… 🙂

  6. Really tempting kaada roast

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Beena…

  7. This looks so tempting that I want to give it a try too!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Angie…

  8. it looks delicious…u r tempting me at the middle of the night dear

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hehe… I am so sorry for that dear… thanks a lot Anupa…

  9. Winter is slighlty hesitant here too, not complaining though as it is bearable here. Evreywhere climate is changing 🙁 We get baby chicken here and hubby has been asking me to buy and make a roast for sometime now…so this is a kind of recipe i can make with baby chicken instead of kaada but I am still curious to find out how kaada tastes.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I doubt if that baby chicken is kaada itself… hehe… I really wish winter just comes by as time is flying… hmm… Thank you so much Vinee…

  10. Kaada Roast looks delicious dear.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Prathibha…

  11. Kada roast adipoli love it.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Swathi…

  12. I’ve heard about eating quail eggs.. never tasted quail.. it looks delicious though!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ashfa…

  13. Hi..Quail roast looks so tempting ????..My hubby is m fond of quail,but I’m not.. I too made roast last week,but slightly diff from yours????..Everyone loved it very much

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Faheema… 🙂

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