Tandoori pigeon with spiced onions

Tandoori pigeon with spiced onions

This dish requires a bit of marinating time to get the most out the flavours but is really simple to make .Pigeon is great with traditional Indian recipes and stands up well to strong flavours.
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Pigeon
Servings 6 portions


  • 12 pigeon breasts

For the first marinade

  • 100 grams ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 0.5 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 8 cloves garlic

For the second marinade

  • 200 ml thick Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

For the spiced onions

  • 500 grams red onion
  • 2 limes
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp distilled vinegar
  • chilli powder
  • salt


  • blend all the ingredients for the first marinade to make a paste. Skin the pigeon breasts and score the meat all over. Coat the meat in the mixture and allow to marinate overnight.
  • Make up thee second marinade with the yoghurt, chilli powder, oil and garam masala. Rub this into the pigeons and keep in the fridge overnight or until you want to use them (they will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days).
  • For the spiced red onions, finely slice the onions and squeeze the juice of the limes. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, then allow to rest for at least 3 hours (though preferably overnight), mixing occasionally. It will keep in the fridge for 1 week.
  • Pre heat the oven to 200 degrees C. Place the pigeons on an oven tray and cook for 15 minutes if you want the breasts pink, or a little longer if you prefer meat well done. Remove from the oven and leave to rest for at least 5 minutes.
  • Serve with the spiced red onions.
Keyword Pigeon