Turkey Tikka Masala

An amazing recipe from Love Food Hate Waste to turn those leftover bits of Christmas turkey from dry shrapnel into something rich, moist and exotic.


  •     Turkey leftovers, as much as you have
  •     3 onions
  •     2½ cm ginger, grated
  •     4 garlic cloves
  •     1 dessert spoon garam masala
  •     ½ tsp chilli powder
  •     ½ dessert spoon ground coriander
  •     ½ dessert spoon ground cumin
  •     1 dessert spoon fenugreek leaves
  •     1 tin chopped tomatoes
  •     4 tbsp tomato purée
  •     480 ml water
  •     1 dessert spoon sugar
  •     1 tub Greek yoghurt
  •     Chopped fresh coriander, to garnish (optional)


  •     Chop and fry the onions, ginger and garlic until they start to turn brown. Add the fenugreek leaves, these are going to give this dish the authentic aroma of curry and a pleasing depth of flavour.
  •     Add the garam masala, chili powder, ground coriander and ground cumin if you have them. If not do not worry-Garam masala is the one you really need.
  •     Add the tomatoes and briskly simmer this spiced sauce for about 5 minutes. Now add the tomato purée, 480ml water, salt and sugar. You will now have the makings of a red masala sauce. Blend this mixture to a smooth sauce consistency.
  •     At this stage add your turkey leftovers to the sauce and return the pan to a low heat and allow it to simmer and penetrate the turkey pieces.
  •     Now add the Greek yoghurt and stir this in to give the masala a glossy piquant finish.
  •     Garnish with freshly chopped coriander, if you have it.

Yum Yum! For more great recipes like this to help you use up you leftovers, throw less away and save money in the process visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com 



James Thompson James Thompson

Waste Prevention Officer, Waste Management, Shropshire Council

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