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.
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
- Heat the oil and the butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat on the hob.
- Add the chopped chillies, ginger, and garlic to the pan and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add the cumin, chilli powder, and curry powder and cook for a further 2 minutes.
- Add the onions and peppers to the pan and cook for five minutes.
- Add the chicken stock, chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, and mango chutney.
- Stir through and simmer for ten minutes.
- 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.
- Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Serve with pilau rice, naan bread, and raita.
The other day I posted about using up your leftovers and said I was planning on adding some of my leftover recipes to the blog. I also posted a recipe for corned beef hash. Therefore, it made sense to me that the first recipe for using up leftovers was corned beef fritters. If you have used my corned beef hash recipe and have leftovers, then making fritters is a great idea. It takes just seconds to transform the dish into something that tastes completely different. Here is how to make corned beef fritters.
Corned Beef Fritters
- Divide your leftover corned beef hash into balls about the size of your fist.
- Roll each piece into a ball and then press down to create a thick disc.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Heat some oil in a frying pan until it is sizzling.
- Add the fritters and cook for a few minutes until the underneath has turned golden brown and crispy.
- Flip over the fritters onto the other side using a flat fish lift.
- Cook the second side for a few minutes until the fritters are hot in the centre and both sides are golden and crispy.
- Serve immediately to retain the crunch.
- Add vegetables- You can change the flavor each time you make these by adding different cooked vegetables to the leftover corned beef hash. Garden peas, sweetcorn, or cooked carrots work particularly well.
If you missed the corned beef hash recipe, you can read it here.
Many people are dubious about cooking with leftovers. However, there are many delicious things you can make and it makes economic sense for those on a budget to make the most out of the food they have paid for with their hard earned money. This is certainly the case in my house as I have to sit in front of the computer writing for many hours to earn the cash to put food on my children’s plates. Therefore, I quite often transform the leftovers into new and delicious meals for the children. The saying in my house is ‘waste not, want not’!
Something that I cook every week is a joint of meat and I usually serve this as a roast dinner. There are three reasons why I cook a joint of meat:
- The whole family loves roast dinners
- There is always enough meat left for a meal the next day
- It saves both time and money
On the second day, there is a wide range of meals I make with the leftovers, depending on the type of meat I have cooked. Typical meals include stews, curries, and stir-frys. Even a novice in the kitchen can make a delicious sandwich or salad with the leftover meat.
As my ethos is not to waste food, you will see several recipes and cooking suggestions for ways to use leftovers on this blog over the next few months. Hopefully, I can help to give others some ideas that will stop them wasting food while also saving them time and money.