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Freshly made christmas curry

Leftover Turkey Curry Recipe

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Leftover Turkey Curry is making most of the leftover turkey you had for Christmas. This is a tomato based curry with sweet and sour flavours, called Pathia. 


  • 45ml (3 tbsp) vegetable oil
  • 300g (2 cups) chopped onions
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 5cm (2 in) fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped 
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1g (¼ tsp) salt
  • 1g (¼ tsp) turmeric powder
  • 450g (1lb) cooked turkey, shredded
  • 2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 2g (1 tsp) cumin powder
  • 2g (1 tsp) ground cayenne
  • 6 tomatoes, chopped
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) tomato puree
  • 2.5ml (½ tsp) white vinegar
  • 10ml (2 tsp) brown sugar or jaggary
  • 1 fresh lime, juiced


  1. Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan. 
  2. Add the onions, garlic, ginger, bay leaf, salt and turmeric powder and fry until the mixture turns golden brown. It should take about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the turkey to the pan and cover the meat in the onion spice mixture.
  4. Add the chillies, cumin and cayenne and stir well.
  5. Add the tomatoes and fry until they form a shiny paste and the oil starts to separate.
  6. Stir in the tomato puree, vinegar, sugar and lime juice. If the curry seems a bit dry and you like it saucier, you can add up to 125ml (½ cup) of water.
  7. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Simmer for 10 minutes then turn off the heat and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle chopped coriander on top and garnish with a slice of lime. Enjoy!


  • You can easily tweak this turkey curry to your taste. Like it tangier? Add a bit more vinegar. Sweeter? Sugar. You can even add more tomato puree to make it more tomatoey. Have fun playing around! 
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Pan Fry
  • Cuisine: Indian

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