Kaadai masala fry

kaadai masala

Kaadai / Ullan is a small bird known as Quail in English.It looks more like a pigeon and weights about 150-200 grams.There is not much flesh in their body as they are small in size.It can be prepared the same way how we cook chicken at home and there is no need to pressure cook them.
Lets make some hot,spicy Kaadai fry with freshly ground masala items.I always prefer cooking Non-veg recipes with freshly ground spices for they give out such a flavour,colour and aroma to the dish.
Kaadai masala fry is very easy,simple recipe to follow without any marination and no sauteing of tomatoes or onions needed.Do try this hot,spicy Kaadai masala fry at home.



SERVES : 2-3



4 kaadai / Ullan / Quail

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

2 tbsp oil

Few curry leaves

Salt to taste

Water as required


1 tsp fennel seeds

1 small cinnamon stick

3/4 tsp pepper

3 cloves

2 star anise

1 cardamom

5-7 dried red chillies

3/4 tsp cumin seeds

3/4 tsp coriander seeds

2 inch of ginger

5 cloves garlic


Wash and clean the kaadai well in water for 4-5 times.
Grind the items under ‘to grind column’ except garlic and ginger.No need to roast the items.

masala items

In the second round add the garlic,ginger and grind them with little water.

ground masala

Heat oil in a pan,add the ground masala items and saute for a min on medium flame.Then add the kaadai with a cup of water.Add turmeric powder,salt and bring it to boil.

add the kaadai

When it boils simmer the flame to low,close it with a lid and cook for 20-25 mins until the gravy thickens and the kaadai is well cooked.
Finally add curry leaves and switch off the flame.

kadai is well cooked

Kaadai masala fry is ready to serve now.

kaadai fry

If you want to pressure cook the kaadai,then add 1/3 cup of water to the masala and cook only for 2 whistles.

You can cut the kaadai into two and then cook.

Do not replace dried red chillies with red chilly powder because they give such good colour and taste to the fry.

To grind the masala finely add few rock salt while ginding.


32 thoughts on “Kaadai masala fry

  1. Super!!!!…this recipe is increasing my appetite…It is raining here…i have kaadai too…i am going to try this today!!!!
    Awesome job swapna ,ur kitchen has all my favorite recipes. I am really proud of you for bringing all the authentic recipes to this world.GOD BESS YOU.


    1. Thank you so much Remina for your encouraging comments…Do try this and let me know how it turned out…So happy that you like the recipes in my blog…Thanks a lot Remina….


  2. Myself KARTHIK R from Madurai. Usually Sunday I will try some non-veg cooking. Sometimes it will comes good but many times went wrong because of ingredients selection & quantity too. But after see you’re posting recepy. I was tried this about three times. It was really tasty. My family members was excited with my cooking and taste too. I have to say thank you sister for your tips.


    1. Hi Karthik,Thank you so much for that compliment…I m so glad to know that even boys are trying recipes from net these days…I m so happy that your family loved it…Will definitely post the Salna recipe that you asked for soon…


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