Red pheasant curry

Use pheasant instead of your usual chicken in this aromatic, spicy curry. Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients here, the most difficult bit is getting them out of the cupboard! This recipe also works well with pheasant, grouse, pigeon, goose, hare, squirrel and wild boar.


  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • Serves: 4 people


  • A 2 inch piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 450ml water
  • 6 tbsps oil
  • 6 pheasant breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 10 cardamom pods
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsps ground cumin
  • 3 tsps mild paprika
  • 6 tbsps natural yoghurt
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsps freshly chopped coriander


  1. Blend the ginger, garlic and 4 tbsps of the water in a liquidiser.
  2. Heat half the oil and lightly brown the pheasant and set to one side.
  3. Add the remaining oil and heat with the cardamom, bay leaves, cloves and cinnamon. Add the onions, and cook until golden brown.
  4. Stir in the ginger and garlic paste and the remaining spices. Blend in the yoghurt and return the pheasant to the pan with the remaining water.
  5. Cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes, or until the pheasant is tender.
  6. Season and sprinkle over the fresh coriander. Serve with Naan or paratha bread, poppadums, crisply fried onions and pickles.


Thank you to game-to-eat for sharing this recipe with us.