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Japanese quail (Kaadai) Fry

Kaadai in Tamil language refers to a bird Quail. Quail meat dishes are part of our cusine for years. Kaada dishes are famous in country side.

Nowadays, near our hometown, we are getting a variety of Quail called Japanese Quail.
We will be making this dishes using Japanese quail.

Photo of 3 Japanese Quail (whole) cleaned
Japanese quail (Kaadai) cleaned

Japanese quail (Kaadai) Fry is great with rice during lunch or dinner.

Let us see tradional way of making Japanese quail (Kaadai) Fry here. We use the term "fry" more commonly to denote the tamil word "varuval".

to temper
to grind
to fry

Clean the Japanese quail (Kaadai) pieces in water and cut them.
Photo of 3 Japanese Quail (cut into pieces)
Japanese quail (Kaadai) cleaned and cut


Cut the onion and tomato. Peel garlic and ginger. Clean curry leaves and set aside as shown in the image below.
Photo representing amount of onion, tomato, garlic, ginger and curry leaves for making Kaadai fry / Japanese quail fry
Onion and Tomato for making Japanese quail (Kaadai) fry


Grind all the ingredients in "To Grind" category to a very find paste and set aside.

Close up photo of ingredients
to grind

Grind them in a mixer to a thick paste

Thick paste - we call this "Masala" - Other definition of Masala


Heat oil in a large pan and temper with the ingredients given in the "to temper" section of Ingredients.

Add onion and fry till golden brown.
Add the ground masala from Step 3 and crushed garlic. Fry till raw smell wears off.
Add sambar powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt. Fry for 2 min.
Fry onion garlic and ginger Japanese quail (Kaadai) masala


Add tomato, curry leaves and coriander leaves.
Fry till tomato gets all soft and mushy.
Japanese quail (Kaadai) fry - add tomato and fry


Add more curry leaves.
Japanese quail (Kaadai) -fry-after-adding-curry leaves


Add cleaned and cut Kaadai, mix them and continue frying.
Add Japanese quail (Kaadai) to the masala


Close the lid and let it cook for 15 minutes in medium flame.
Japanese quail (Kaadai) cooking
Remove the lid and fry till desired consistency.


Serve Kaadai fry (masala)
Japanese quail masala on a plate

Popular main dish for Japanese quail (Kaadai) Fry includes:

Vegetarian main dish:
Sambar, Kuruma, Rasam
Japanese quail (Kaadai) fry goes well with almost all main dishes because of the masala content in this dish.

Non-Vegetarian main dish:
Chicken kuruma, Mutton Kuruma

Other names/spelling variations of Japanese quail (Kaadai) Fry:
Japanese quail (Kaadai) varuval, Kaadai varuval, Kaadai masala, Kaada masala

Leftover tips:
If Japanese quail (Kaadai) Fry made for lunch is leftover, that can be used as side dish for Idly or Dosai for dinner.

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