Pigeon junglee maas



First published in 2021
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Pigeon stock



Begin by preparing the pigeon and making the stock, as this can be done in advance. Carve off the breasts and legs and season them with the lemon juice and a pinch of salt, then set aside in the fridge. Reserve the leftover carcasses for the stock


Preheat an oven to 190ºC/gas mark 5. Roughly chop up the carcasses (don't use a good knife for this!) and place on a roasting tray with a drizzle of oil. Roast for 30 minutes or until a deep golden colour


In the meantime, place a large stockpot over a medium heat with a drizzle of oil and once hot, add the onion, carrot and garlic. Cook for 6–8 minutes, stirring so that the vegetables don't catch but start to caramelise


Once the bones are ready, add to the stock pot with the coriander stalks and bay leaves and then cover with cold water. Bring to the boil, skim off any scum then gently simmer for 2 hours. After this time strain the stock and reserve 2 ladles of it for this dish – the rest can be frozen


To make the sauce, heat the sunflower oil in a large pan and add all of the whole spices. Cook over a medium heat for 2 minutes until they start to release their aroma, moving the spices around in the pan to avoid burning



Add the onions, ginger and garlic pastes and cook over a low heat until soft and caramelised. This will take at least 8–10 minutes, so be patient


Once the onions are nicely browned, add the chopped tomatoes and ground spices and simmer until you have a thick sauce


Whisk in the yoghurt and the 2 ladles of pigeon stock, add the salt then simmer again until you have a thickened sauce. Leave to cool a little then transfer to a blender and blitz into a smooth sauce. Set aside to reheat before serving, or keep warm


To cook the pigeon, place a griddle pan over a high heat with a dash of oil. Pat the pigeon legs and breasts dry with kitchen paper, then once the pan is smoking hot, add the meat to the pan skin-side down first. Cook until medium rare (this should only take around 3-5 minutes), then leave to rest for around 5 minutes whilst you reheat the sauce (if needed)

  • 1 tbsp of vegetable oil

To serve, carve the pigeon into smaller pieces and divide between serving dishes. Spoon over the sauce and garnish with dill fronds

  • fronds of fresh dill, to garnish
First published in 2021
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