How to make Dum Ka Bater -

Mouth watering Quail preparation, steam cooked in exotic gravy of cashewnut and saffron along with various spices.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Ouail, Tomato Paste (टमाटर /टोमाटो पेस्ट )

Cuisine : Hyderabadi

Course : Main Course Chicken

Dum Ka Bater

Dum Ka Bater Recipe Card


Hyderabad’s 400-year-old culinary history, like its culture, is unmatched by any other state in India.  Of all the Muslim cuisines, Hyderabadi is the only one in the sub-continent that can boast of a major vegetarian section. This has much to do with the local influences. Considering that the elite of the erstwhile Hyderabad state came from the north of India and was almost entirely Muslim, this is a little surprising. The nation’s vegetarians, of course, stand to gain by it.
Some of the salient features of Hyderabadi food are the key flavours of coconut, tamarind, peanuts and sesame seeds. The main spice is chilli, which is used in abundance and is the reason for the one word used to describe Hyderabadi cuisine - fiery!
The cuisine draws its flavour from two rich legacies - the Deccan cuisine of Nizams and the spicy Andhra style of food, laced with mustard, garlic and chillies and eaten with doles of chutney and pickle.

Prep Time : 31-40 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Dum Ka Bater Recipe

  • Ouail 12 pieces

  • Tomato Paste 3 tablespoons

  • Red chilli powder 1 tablespoon

  • Turmeric powder 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Coriander powder 2 tablespoons

  • Garam masala powder 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Onion sliced 2

  • Tomato paste 1/2 cup

  • Cashewnut paste 2 tablespoons

  • Milk 2 tablespoons

  • Saffron (kesar) a few strands

  • Salt to taste


Step 1

Clean quails and make incisions all over. Rub with the mixture of two tablespoon of ginger paste, two tablespoon of garlic paste, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder. Leave aside for thirty minutes.

Step 2

Cook marinated quails in sufficient water till the quails are soft. Preheat oven to 175º C. Heat oil. Add sliced onions and cook to a golden brown. Add remaining ginger and garlic and tomato pastes. Stir for a minute, add quail pieces with marinade.

Step 3

Continue cooking till oil begins to separate. Add cashew nut paste. Add half a cup of water, mix well and cook for two to three minutes. Dissolve saffron in milk and add. Adjust salt. Transfer to a handi. Seal the handi and place in the preheated oven at 175º C for ten to fifteen minutes.

Step 4

Remove from oven and serve hot.

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