Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Teetar Masala - Pakistani Style Spiced Partridge

Abbu’s native area of Mianwali has abundant population of Teetar – Partridge and Batair - Quail. I grew up in a household where these two were served on the dinner table often. We had ample supply of these little things throughout the year. Myself and the sister were more interested in keeping these little fellas as our pets. Sadly no pets were allowed at our home. Hence our pets got cooked for dinner quite frequently! It was pretty tragic!

This week a fresh supply of teetar and Batair arrived at home. Given I am in Pakistan these days for work, I got a chance to see how they are prepared. Strangely I have never tasted teetar or batair. Abbu tells me they are delicious. I have to take his word for it. The recipe is rather simple one and the same marinade can be used to prepare chicken or fish. Hope the teetar lovers will attempt it. 


Teetar /Partridge– 4 whole
For marinade:
Yogurt – 500 gms
Ginger/ Garlic Paste – 1 tsp - heaped
Salt – 1 tsp – add more if needed.
Chili Powder – ½ tsp
Chili Flakes – ½ tsp
Turmeric – ½ tsp
Garam Masala – ½ tsp
Carom Seeds (Ajwain) – ½ tsp (gently crushed)
Dried Coriandar seeds – 1 tsp (crushed)
Lemon Juice – 3 tbsp
White Vinegar – 4 tbsp
For Cooking:
Oil – 2 tbsp
Ginger/ Garlic paste – 1 tsp
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Tomatoes – 3 (make a paste)
Water – 2 ½ cups

  1. Prepare the marinade by mixing everything in the yogurt. Apply on teetar and leave it overnight.
  2. Next day heat 4 tbsp of oil in a large pan. Add the ginger garlic paste, mustard seeds, Tomato puree and the teetar.
  3. Add 2 ½ cups to it of water and let the mixture come to a boil over high heat.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium till oil comes out on the side and the teetar meat is tender. It will take about 40 mins.