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Tandoori Ostrich

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Tandoor oven or not, you should try this tandoori ostrich!

tandoori ostrich

Cooking away in the tandoor!

Have you ever tried ostrich meat?

I tried ostrich about ten years ago and absolutely loved it but until recently had forgotten all about it.

I was really happy to receive some ostrich meat from Alternative Meats and decided it had to be cooked in the tandoor.

Ostrich is a red meat but it is much lower in fat and cholesterol than other red meats. The great thing is, it’s really nice. Imagine that… something that is good for you that also tastes delicious!

I had to hide the meat labelling from my kids so that they would eat it. It’s funny how that works. They ate every mouthful and were none the wiser.

Ostich meat needs to be cooked rare like duck or for a long time. So if you are preparing tandoori ostrich make sure it’s red in the centre. For a curry it’s fine to let it cook long and slow.

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Yield: 4 - 6

Tandoori Ostrich Made For The Barbecue

Tandoori Ostrich Made For The Barbecue


  • 900g ostrich meat cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 4 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 4 cloves garlic - finely minced
  • 1 inch ginger - grated and minced
  • 2 green chilli peppers - finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 small bunch chopped coriander
  • salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • The juice of two limes
  • More limes to serve


  1. Blend all of the marinade ingredients. Depending on the size of your blender, you may need to add a tablespoon or two more yogurt. This is fine to do.
  2. Rub the marinade into the ostrich meat and cover to marinate for 3 to 24 hours. The longer the better.
  3. When you are ready to cook, bring the meat to room temperature.
  4. Start a gas or charcoal barbecue grill and cook over high, direct heat so that the outside is slightly blacken but the centre is still rare and tender.
  5. You could also do this in a home tandoor or under the grill in your oven.
  6. I served this tandoori ostrich simply with a squirt or two of lime, some homemade naans, a bit of salad vegetables and some yogurt raita. If you need a good raita recipe, just make twice as much of the marinade. That will work really well here.

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Disclaimer:The meat used in this tandoori ostrich recipe was sent to me to try by Alternative Meat! I love their service and highly recommend their ostrich meat as well as the other exotic meat they supply.

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