Quail Pollichatu


Quail Pollichatu

Baby Quail in Masala
Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people


  • 9 nos Baby quails cleaned
  • For Green masala
  • 5-6 nos Button onions peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 inch Ginger finely chopped
  • 6 cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper or as per your choice

Spices for frying:-


  • In a clean bowl, take the quails and add the salt, pepper, ginger, garlic and rub it into the quail.
  • Add turmeric,chilly,cumin,anise seed and coriander powder and rub it along with the green masala into the quails.
  • Push a little of the stuffing into the belly of the bird. Leave it chill for 1 hour.
  • Heat oil in a heavy skillet and add both the onions and sautT for 1 minute.
  • Add curry leaves and fry for 2 seconds.
  • Add the quails, wait two minutes for the quail to sear, flip the pieces with a spatula and let the other side sear for two more minutes. :-Keep moving the birds so that they are evenly browned. Lower the heat and close with a lid to cook.
  • Allow it to cook on steam. Add 1/2 to 1 hot cup water if the masala turns dry.
  • Add salt to taste and also check to see if the breast of the bird is cooked.
  • Oil another thick pan, take 2 banana leaves and cut to fit the base of the pan.
  • Smear oil on the leaves and place the quails and masala on one leaf.
  • Place the other leaf on top of this. :-You may use a smaller lid on top of the leaf to weigh it down on the bird.
  • Place the pan on medium flame and fry the quails.
  • The leaves turn brown gradually and the quails roasted with the masala. Turn over and cook the other side.
  • When done slide off from the pan and serve on banana leaves.
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