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Spiced Partridge

Spiced Partridge

  • 91 - 120 Minutes
  • Hard
  • Serves 4




  • 50g / 2oz butter
  • 250g / 9oz Tilda Vintage Basmati rice
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 short stick celery, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chives
  • 15g / 1⁄2oz unsalted butter

for the partridges

  • 4 whole partridges
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 litre / 13⁄4 pint chicken stock
  • seasoning
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 4.

  2. Separate the legs from the partridges. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large pan and fry the legs, skin side down and then transfer to a lidded pot with enough of the stock to cover. Braise gently on a medium heat for 1 hour.

  3. Mix together the spices and lemon zest. Season the remaining crowns of partridge and paint with 2 tbsp olive oil and then dust with half the mixed spices. Roast for about 25 minutes or until pink. When cooked allow to rest for 10 minutes before carving the meat into pieces.

  4. Heat the remaining oil and cook the shallot and celery until they start to colour then add the rice and continue frying for a further 5 minutes. Season and add the stock. Part of this stock could be made up of the cooking liquor from the partridge legs and the pan residues from the roast partridge crowns.

  5. Cook the rice on a low heat until most of the liquid has been absorbed then stir in the remaining spices, a knob of butter and the chopped herbs. Serve with the partridge legs and breast pieces. Garnish with a bundle of chives.