Turkey mole

    35 min

    This is a simplified, quite mild version of the classic spicy-hot Mexican recipe, made with lean turkey, raisins and almonds. Serve with boiled rice and salad.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 1 fresh red chilli, seeded and sliced (optional)
    • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
    • 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) skinless turkey breast steaks, cut into thin strips
    • 1½ tbsp mild chilli powder, or more to taste
    • ½ tsp ground cloves
    • 1 can chopped tomatoes, about 400 g
    • 40 g (1½ oz) raisins
    • 150 ml (5 fl oz) chicken stock, preferably home-made
    • 3 tbsp toasted flaked almonds
    • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
    • salt and pepper
    • sprigs of fresh coriander to garnish

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Heat the oil in a large wide pan over a moderately low heat. Add the onion and garlic with the sliced chilli and sesame seeds and cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes or until the onion is soft and golden.
    2. Add the strips of turkey and stir them briefly round the pan to mix with the onion. Sprinkle over the chilli powder and cloves, and add the canned tomatoes with their juice and the raisins. Stir well to mix.
    3. Pour in the stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and leave to simmer gently for 10 minutes.
    4. Add the almonds and chopped coriander, and mix well. Season to taste. Spoon into a serving dish, garnish with sprigs of coriander and serve immediately.

    Some more ideas

    Diced cooked turkey can be used as an alternative to the raw turkey. Add to the sauce with the raisins. * For turkey mole tacos, mix 1 tsp cornflour with 1 tbsp cold water and stir into the sauce before the almonds in step 4. Bubble, stirring, until thickened, then add the almonds and coriander. Make a salad with 1 red onion, thinly sliced, 2 tomatoes, chopped, 1 large avocado, sliced, a wedge of iceberg lettuce, shredded, and a handful of fresh coriander leaves. Heat 12 taco shells in the oven preheated to 180ºC (350ºF, gas mark 4) for 3 minutes or according to the instructions on the packet. To serve, place a little salad in the warmed taco shells, then spoon over the turkey mole. Eat with your fingers and plenty of napkins!

    Plus points

    Research has shown that lycopene – the natural pigment that gives tomatoes their red colour – can reduce the risk of heart disease and prostate cancer. A six-year study of 48,000 men, conducted at Harvard medical school, found that consuming tomato products more than twice a week was associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer of up to 34 per cent. Processed tomatoes contain much higher concentrations of lycopene than fresh. * Raisins contain a useful amount of fibre and potassium.

    Each serving provides

    Excellent source of copper, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin E. Good source of iron, niacin, potassium, vitamin C, zinc. Useful source of folate, vitamin B1, vitamin B2.

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    This was easy to make and tasted delicious. Would recommend  -  11 Nov 2015