RECIPE: Cheat’s Leftover Turkey Curry

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This is only called ‘Cheat’s Leftover Turkey Curry’ as it is made predominantly from store cupboard ingredients rather than creating a spice mix or paste as you would in a traditional Indian dish. Each Easter and Christmas I cook a turkey and there is always plenty of meat leftover. The kids usually have turkey sandwiches for lunch the next day and then I make a turkey curry for dinner. Here is how to make an easy turkey curry from leftovers. 

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients for Turkey Curry

  • Shredded cooked meat from 1/2 turkey breast or one turkey leg (I use a combination of both)
  • 1 pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 500 ml chicken stock
  • 1 chilli, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed 
  • 1-inch chunk of ginger, finely chopped or grated (or 1 tsp of ground ginger)
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp mango chutney
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large knob of butter

How to Make Turkey Curry

  1. Heat the oil and the butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat on the hob.
  2. Add the chopped chillies, ginger, and garlic to the pan and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the cumin, chilli powder, and curry powder and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  4. Add the onions and peppers to the pan and cook for five minutes.
  5. Add the chicken stock, chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, and mango chutney.
  6. Stir through and simmer for ten minutes.
  7. Add the chopped turkey meat to the pan and stir through so that there is an even distribution of meat and it is covered by the liquid.
  8. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  9. Serve with pilau rice, naan bread, and raita

RECIPE: Thai Red Curry Paste

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Although Thai red curry paste is widely available in the shops, it is well worth the effort of making your own as this has a fresher and more flavoursome taste. You can then use this paste to make delicious meat or vegetarian Thai red curries. Here is how to make Thai red curry paste.

Ingredients for Thai Red Curry Paste

  • 2 red chillies
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 lemongrass stalks
  • 2cm piece of ginger
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 40 g chopped coriander leaves

How to Make Thai Red Curry Paste

  1. Remove the stalks from the chillies and peel the garlic and shallot.
  2. Crush the cumin and coriander seeds in a pestle and mortar before transferring to a food processor.
  3. Add all the other ingredients into a food processor.
  4. Blend to create a smooth paste.

TIP- For vegetarian curries, omit the fish sauce and add some salt.