AT A GLANCE
Quail and pumpkin pair well in this Middle Eastern-style dish - they both have a little sweetness, and the gaminess of the quail works well with the earthiness of Kent pumpkin.
|01||Preheat oven to 200C. Roast almonds and pistachios on a baking tray, shaking occasionally, until golden (3-4 minutes). Set aside.|
|02||Heat ghee in a casserole or deep frying pan over high heat, add pumpkin, shallot, leek, garlic and spices, and sauté until softened (4-6 minutes). Stir in rice, barberries, ginger and curry leaves, add stock to cover by 2cm (add a little water if necessary), stir once and bring to a simmer. Cover tightly with foil, then transfer to oven and bake until rice has absorbed liquid (12-14 minutes). Cover with a tea towel and set aside to steam for 5 minutes, then arrange on a serving platter.|
|03||Reduce oven to 100C. Heat half the butter in a large frying pan over high heat, add half the quail skin-side down and fry until golden brown (1½ minutes), then turn and cook to your liking (30 seconds for medium rare). Keep warm in oven and repeat with remaining butter and quail. Arrange on rice, scatter with nuts and coriander, and serve with yoghurt.|
Note Barberries, tart dried red berries, are available from select delicatessens and Middle Eastern grocers, and online at pariyafood.com. We used Game Farm quail breast fillets, which are available in 320gm packets of 14 fillets from select supermarkets, butchers and independent grocers. If they're unavailable, substitute 6 whole quail and increase the cooking time by a few minutes to cook the legs.
FULL-BODIED, CREAMY WHITE, SUCH AS VIOGNIER. , suggested by MAX ALLEN