Quail Feast

This entry is part 52 of 54 in the series Mullah Nasruddin Stories

One day the Hodja invited his friends over for dinner. He told them that he was going to prepare a meal with roasted quails. Nasreddin Hodja’s friends, in their unceasing quest to baffle him, thought of a prank and came to dinner prepared.

When the quails were cooked, the Hodja placed them in his old, big, tin serving platter and put the lid on to prevent them from getting cold. He brought the covered platter to the dinner table and went back to the kitchen to bring other things.

While he was in the kitchen, the well-prepared pranksters, hid the platter with the cooked quails and replaced it with another one that contained live quails.

When Nasreddin Hodja was ready to serve the dinner, he opened the lid of the platter and to his shock, all the quails flew out and about. The Hodja watched the birds in astonishment, darting this way and that way, and eventually flying out the open windows.

`Sublime Allah’, he spoke looking up, `it is very well that you gave life to these cooked birds, but how are you going to reimburse me for the butter, salt and tomato paste I used?’

Quail Feast – Mullah Nasruddin Stories

Quail Feast

Mullah Nasreddin

Nasreddin or Nasreddin Hodja or Molla Nasreddin Hooja was a Seljuq satirist, born in Hortu Village in Sivrihisar, Eskişehir Province, present-day Turkey and died in 13th century in Akşehir, near Konya, a capital of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, in today's Turkey. He is considered a populist philosopher, Sufi and wise man, remembered for his funny stories and anecdotes. He appears in thousands of stories, sometimes witty, sometimes wise, but often, too, a fool or the butt of a joke. A Nasreddin story usually has a subtle humour and a pedagogic nature.

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