Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 4 quail

  2. 2 garlic cloves , finely sliced

  3. 5cm/2in piece fresh ginger , finely grated

  4. 1 tsp chilli powder

  5. 1 tsp ground fennel seed

  6. tsp ground cinnamon

  7. 1 tsp garam masala

  8. 200ml/7fl oz natural yoghurt

  9. 2 bulbs fennel , finely sliced

  10. cucumber , finely sliced

  11. red onion , finely chopped

  12. 1 bunch fresh mint , finely sliced

  13. 1 lemon , juice only

  14. salt and freshly ground black pepper

  15. 2 tbsp olive oil

  16. 75ml/3fl oz natural yoghurt

  17. tsp ground cumin

  18. tsp ground fennel seed

  19. 2 tbsp coriander cress , or chopped fresh coriander

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. To spatchcock the quail, take some strong, sharp scissors (or poultry shears) and cut down either side of the spine. Take out the spine, then press down on the breastbone of the quail to open it out flat. Cut the quail in half lengthways.

  2. Technique: Spatchcocking chicken and poultry For the marinade, mix the spices and yoghurt in a bowl until well combined.

  3. Coat the quail with the marinade, cover with clingfilm and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.

  4. Heat a griddle pan until hot, then add the quail, skin-side down, and grill for 3 minutes on each side, or until the juices run clear when a skewer is inserted into the thickest part. Remove the quail from the griddle and lave to rest for 2-3 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile for the fennel salad, mix the fennel, cucumber, red onion, mint and half the lemon juice in a bowl until well combined. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  6. Whisk the olive oil, yoghurt and remaining lemon juice in a bowl until well combined. Add the cumin and fennel seed, and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  7. To serve, place the quail on top of the salad. Scatter with coriander cress and spoon a good dollop of yoghurt dressing alongside.


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