Chicken and Quail Egg Masala


I woke up craving Indian food which was fortuitous because of the tomatoes in the  refrigerator that had seen the last of their salad days but were still good enough for a sauce.


Today is our children’s 16th and 30th birthdays.  Happy Birthday Jade and Brian!


I like Indian food and it seems that I rarely make it.  BBC’s Good Food inspired this recipe  I liked that they made pastes of the aromatics before cooking them.  I’ve seen a Bangladeshi friend make masalas this way.


Serve this with chapatis and/or rice.


Chicken and Quail Egg Masala

4 tbsp ghee

2 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp fennel seeds

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1 tsp crushed red pepper

1 large onion, processed into a paste with 3 tbsp water

1 1/2 inch fresh ginger and 6 garlic cloves, processed into a paste with 4 tbsp water

1 tsp garam masala

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp sugar

3 cups tomato chunks, coarsely chopped

4 chicken breast halves, boned, skinned and cut into chunks

1 cup hot chicken broth

18 quail eggs, boiled and shelled

Melt the ghee in a wok, then add the cumin, fennel, cinnamon and crushed red.  Cook until aromatic.  Add the onion paste and cook for 8 minutes.  Add the garlic/ginger paste and cook for 2 minutes.  Stir in the garam masala, turmeric and sugar, blending well.  Add the tomatoes and cook for about 10 minutes.  Add the chicken chunks and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.  Pour in the chicken broth and simmer for another 10 minutes.  Add the quail eggs and simmer for 2 minutes.  Remove from flame and let sit for 5-10 minutes.

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29 Responses to Chicken and Quail Egg Masala

  1. This looks delicious as usual. 🙂 I hope your children had a wonderful birthday!

  2. It is contagious. Now I’ll be making Indian food tonight 🙂

    Must be your photos that did it.

  3. Blimey, that is a ruined tomato… Glad you used it properly, Rosemary – very frugal of you. This sounds wonderful!

  4. A beautiful masala…brithday greetings to your children!

  5. Mad Dog says:

    Delicious curry and nice inclusion of the quail eggs. Happy Birthdays 🙂

  6. Happy Birthday to you children! And what a lovely dish to serve…curries are my absolute favorite and glad your tomatoes could be rescued by making it! 🙂

  7. Conor Bofin says:

    Lovely stuff Rosemary. I cooked an Indian leg of lamb as I too get into my Indian. Post to follow soon.

  8. I’m always looking for new ways to make chicken. Love the idea of adding quail eggs to this dish. Delicious! Well done Rosemary and Happy Birthday to your kids!

  9. Nice sounding curry recipe. I had the same Indian urge yesterday.

  10. rsmacaalay says:

    That is a really nice curry! two thumbs up

  11. What a beautiful curry and a beautiful cake!

  12. Reblogged this on sherryduan1219 and commented:
    I am definitely a foodie.

  13. alissacat says:

    Reblogged this on Simply Divine and commented:
    Ooooh, I have a friend that would love this. Thanks

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