Tandoori partridge

Tandoori partridge

Delicious style of cooking partridge that keeps the meat tender.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinating time 2 hours
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Indian, Partridge
Servings 4


  • 3 partridges, jointed into skinless legs and breasts on the bone, breasts halved
  • tandoori marinades (below)
  • oil and melted butter for basting
  • lemon juice
  • Chaat masala

Marinade 1

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 inch finely grated peeled ginger
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 0.5 tsp cayenne pepper

Marinade 2

  • 125g yoghurt
  • 0.5 tsp garam masala
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 0.25 tsp ground cinnamon
  • a few drops of red food colouring


  • Make 1 or 2 deep cuts in each piece of meat then put them in a large bowl or sealable container and rub with the ingredients of tandoori marinade 1. Set aside for 20 mins.
  • Meanwhile whisk together the ingredients for Tandoori Marinade 2. Pour this over the meat making sure every piece is coated. Leave to marinate for 2 hours or preferably overnight.
  • Heat a rack set over an oven tray in a 200°C oven. Lift the pieces of meat and any marinade that comes with them on to the rack and place in the oven for 7-8 mins, turning once, until the meat is almost cooked.
  • Remove the tray from the oven and either turn the grill on to its highest setting, get a ridged grill pan very hot, or use a preheated BBQ. Brush a little more of the marinade over the meat, baste it with the oil and butter mixture and finish the cooking via your chosen method, turning and basting with the oil and butter a few times, to obtain a charred exterior.
  • Leave to rest for 5 minutes then drizzle over some lemon juice and sprinkle with the chaat masala.


Recipe from Bute St Seafoodie    https://www.butestseafoodie.com/game4spice
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Keyword Partridge