Easy Leftover Turkey Korma

Leftover Turkey Curry

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You only need 6 ingredients to make this easy leftover turkey recipe and turn tough turkey into a creamy, spicy Indian style korma. So delicious and simple. 

Post holiday leftovers is a common feature in most kitchens after a BIG indulgent family meal following Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Having leftover turkey or chicken can both be a blessing as you do not have to cook from scratch the next day or a pain, as you could well be stuck with eating the same dish again until the pot is clean!

Making a dish with dry, tough leftover turkey can become a bigger challenge.


This spicy and creamy Indian korma is one of the best leftover turkey recipe you can make with any type of tough leftover poultry.

It is spicy but in a family friendly way as the creaminess of the korma cuts through the spice. It is a delicious and creative idea  to make use of leftover turkey or even leftover chicken.

Ingredients Needed to Make Leftover Turkey Indian Style

This easy leftover turkey curry recipe can be made with just 6 main ingredients.

To make this recipe you will need:

Fresh or Pantry Ingredients 

Leftover turkey or chicken – 2 cups or 350 gms, shredded without any bones

Frozen or fresh spinach – 1.5 cup

Garlic – 5 pods, chopped or grated

Ginger – 1 inch chopped or grated

Tinned or fresh tomatoes – 1/2 cup

Sunflower Oil – 1 tbsp

Spices Used 

Tandoori masala powder – 2tsp

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Optional  Ingredients 

Onions – 1, chopped

Butter – 2 tsp

Leftover chunky cooked vegetables

Boiled Egg for garnish and to serve

Substitute Ingredients 

Substitute tandoori masala powder with curry powder or butter chicken masala

For a dairy free version substitute cream with coconut milk

For low carb leftover turkey curry substitute cream with low fat milk.

You can follow the same recipe to make this dish with leftover chicken

Here is a snap shot of the ingredients .

leftover-turkey-ingredients

The use of spinach and of any leftover roasted vegetables in the recipe makes it a healthy leftover turkey dish.

Step By Step Method to Make Turkey Curry With Images

It will only take you 20-30 minutes max from start to finish to make this recipe as poultry or any other leftover vegetables is already cooked and spinach takes very less time to cook.

STEP 1 

Saute onions if using until translucent. Then add ginger and garlic in  oil and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until it changes in colour.

Next add tomatoes and cook until pulpy and you see droplets of oil oozing from the sides

Frying-tomatoes

STEP 2 

Now add 2 tsps of Tandoori masala powder and saute for another 3 minutes. Add a little water if the powder sticks to the bottom on the pan

Add-tandoori-masala

STEP 3 

Next add spinach, mix with the spice base and fry for 5 minutes until it starts to wilt and become soft.

Add-spinach to spices

STEP 4 

Time to add the shredded turkey or chicken and any other cooked leftover vegetables to the spinach and mix well.

Add tough leftover turkey to pan

STEP 5 

Add cream (see notes above for dairy free and low carb option) and adjust salt to taste. Cover and cook for 5 minutes until nice and creamy.

Add-cream

STEP 6 

Serve creamy leftover Turkey Korma with any Indian bread or rice.

Left-over-turkey-recipe

Cooking Tips To Take Note Of

  1. This is a good dish to make if your have dry and tough leftover turkey as the cream softens the dryness. 
  2. The turkey will already have added salt so be mindful of how much salt you add. 
  3. Add a little water from time to time to to prevent the base spice from burning. 
  4. Use a dollop of butter if you wish at the end of cooking to give it a buttery taste. 
  5. You can add boiled egg to garnish and make the dish extra wholesome. 
  6. Thaw frozen spinach before adding using. 

Can You Make This Leftover Turkey Dish In Crockpot

Absolutely yes, you can.

All you need to do to make this recipe in the crockpot instead of a pan is take 5 minutes to saute the onions, ginger and garlic in oil before adding it to the crockpot.

Sauteed onions enhances the taste of the dish further, so I would absolutely recommend it.

After cooking and transferring the onions, ginger and garlic into the slowcooker or crockpot, add 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes, spinach, shredded turkey, salt and tandoori masala powder.

Cover and cook on high for 2 hours.

After two hours add 1/2 cup cream and cook for another 1/2 hour on high before serving.

Can You Freeze Leftover Turkey

It is so easy to freeze leftover turkey and use it to make other dishes later.

You can also make this Indian style easy  leftover turkey recipe in bulk and freeze it in packs.

Eating Indian curries especially non vegetarian dished such as this easy chicken curry with 7 ingredients  or this lamb bhuna recipe for example always taste better when eaten the next day. 

This gives the spices a chance to go into the meat and make it even more flavourful.

How Is This Recipe Easy And Healthy

I call this an easy dish to make with leftover turkey or chicken because of the limited ingredients and the really short time needed to make this.

The only spice needed is the Tandoori spice mix.

It is one of my recommended must have spices to keep  to quickly make different types of international dishes and not just tandoori type dishes.

The addition of spinach and any other leftover vegetables makes this dish wholesome.

You get a fine balance of nutrients, proteins and minerals by making this one pot spicy Turkey curry.

To make it a low carb you can swap cream with low fat cream or milk.

What Can You Do With Tough Leftover Turkey

If you have been left with tough, dry and chewy turkey meat then I suggest making this tandoori turkey dish.

Cooking tough turkey on low heat and cream tenderizes the meat.

Another good way to reuse tough leftover turkey is to make a soup or a casserole dish.

Your Comments 

This recipe is something I came up with while thinking ways to reuse letfover poultry which did not involve making wraps , sandwiches or soups.

What are your leftover turkey recipe ideas?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Ingredients

Leftover turkey or chicken - 2 cups or 350 gms, shredded without any bones
Frozen or fresh spinach - 1.5 cup
Garlic - 5 pods, chopped or grated
Ginger - 1 inch chopped or grated
Tinned or fresh tomatoes - 1/2 cup
SPICES NEEDED
Tandoori masala powder - 2 tsp
Sunflower Oil - 1 tbsp
*Ingredients Needed

Directions

1
Saute onions in oil if using, for about 4 minutes until translucent
2
Then add grated ginger and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes until it changes in colour.
3
Next add tomatoes and cook until pulpy and you see droplets of oil oozing from the sides
4
Now add 2 tsps of Tandoori masala powder and saute for another 3 minutes. Add a little water if the powder sticks to the bottom on the pan
5
Next add spinach, mix with the spice base and fry for 5 minutes until it starts to wilt and become soft.
6
Time to add the shredded turkey or chicken and any other cooked leftover vegetables to the spinach and mix well.
7
Add cream (see notes for dairy free and low carb option) and adjust salt to taste. Cover and cook for 5 minutes until nice and creamy.
8
Serve creamy leftover Turkey Korma with any Indian bread or rice.