Turkey Curry

    1 hour 10 min

    Turkey might not be found in a classic curry, but it sure is tasty. I get turkey a lot because it is usually cheaper than chicken breasts. This turkey curry is a good go-to recipe when your family is craving a good curry for curry night!


    Sussex, England, UK
    156 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 2 onions
    • 1 (3cm) piece root ginger
    • 4 cloves garlic
    • 3 tablespoons ghee or oil
    • 3 whole cloves
    • 1 small stick cinnamon
    • 3 whole cardamom pods, bruised
    • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
    • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
    • 1 teaspoon chilli powder (or to taste)
    • 1 teaspoon turmeric
    • 400g passata
    • salt to taste
    • 500g turkey breast, cut into 3cm pieces
    • 1 teaspoon garam masala
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. Take the peeled onion, ginger and garlic, and either grate them finely, or blitz all together in a food processor or blender. Set aside.
    2. Heat the ghee or oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the cloves, cinnamon and cardamom pods and fry for about half a minute.
    3. To the spices, add the onion/garlic/ginger mixture, and cook over med-high heat for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring often. Allow the liquid to evaporate from the mixture, and for it to take just a bit of colour.
    4. Then add the ground cumin, coriander, chilli powder and turmeric, and cook for half a minute. Pour in the passata and cook over a medium-high heat for about 10 minutes, until much of the liquid in the pan has evaporated. Add salt to taste.
    5. Add the turkey, garam masala and water just to cover (about 200ml). Bring to the boil and then simmer partially covered on low heat until the turkey is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Uncover for the last 5 minutes so that some of the excess liquid can evaporate. Garnish with chopped coriander just before serving.


    You can use fresh or tinned tomatoes instead of passata; just puree them first.

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    Cooked this tonight with my 9 year old son. Absolutely gorgeous recipe. Served it to my wife and 2 other children and they all praised the taste. We added slightly more chilli powder than was suggested. Would definitely recommend this to others.  -  03 May 2014


    Superb. This makes a really good curry without resorting to a jar of sauce or paste, just how I like them. Really really tasty.  -  29 Dec 2016


    Oh my goodness. Don’t. Just don’t. It is a typical dry English made curry. Costs you a fortune in spices, makes your kitchen stained at the end with turmeric and just took me an hour to clear up. My advice is, pay £15 for a proper one, rather than buy a load of spices for something that isn’t even nice and leaves your kitchen in a state. And get 2 hours of your life back. Whoever came up with this, clearly has no taste for actual Indian food, so why use the spices?!!!  -  12 Jan 2018