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20-Minute Turkey Curry

This 20-minute Turkey Curry is a creamy concoction of leftover turkey suspended in a hearty and tasty coconut and tomato sauce. It is a tasty recipe that is a delicious meal when served with some rice or roti.

20-Minute Turkey curry made with leftover turkey.

Do you have any leftover turkey still hanging around? Well, if you do, then let’s jazz it up into a delicious and easy, 20-Minute Turkey Curry like this one!

This curry is so flavorful. It is thick and creamy. To me, it is comfort food at it’s finest.

I love this tasty turkey curry because it is not only quick to make, it is so easy too. And, you can find all the ingredients you need for this curry in just about any grocery store.

What are the ingredients needed to make this 20-Minute Turkey Curry?

The 14 ingredients to make turkey curry.

You will need the following 15 main ingredients for this curry, and they are:

  1. Leftover cooked turkey
  2. Fresh garlic cloves
  3. Red onion
  4. Fresh ginger
  5. Celery
  6. Canned diced tomatoes
  7. Full-fat coconut milk
  8. Ground coriander
  9. Ground cumin
  10. Smoked paprika
  11. Ground turmeric
  12. Ground cinnamon
  13. Cayenne
  14. Cardamom
  15. Frozen spinach

You will also need salt and pepper to season this curry with. Some oil or butter to sauté everything in. . And, these next few ingredients are totally optional, but you can use some parsley, cilantro, and pepper flakes to garnish the curry with.

Sautéing onion ginger garlic celery.

How do you make this Turkey Curry in 20 minutes?

First off, add some oil, coconut oil or butter to a heavy bottom pan. And place the pan over medium heat.

Then, peel and dice an onion and add it to the pan with the oil and let it sauté for about 3 minutes, stirring it so it doesn’t burn.

While the onion sautés, peel and dice up the cloves of garlic and ginger and add that to the onion in the pan. Sauté for about 4 more minutes.

Chop up the celery and add that to the pan with the onion, ginger, and garlic. Sauté this for another 3 minutes.

Cut up the cooked turkey into bite-sized pieces while the celery, garlic, ginger, and onion sauté.

Then add the canned diced tomatoes, coconut milk, coriander, cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne, cinnamon, turmeric, and cardamom to the pan and stir well.

Next, add in the frozen spinach and cooked turkey and mix well. Turn the heat down to low and let this cook for about 5 more minutes with a lid on it.

Remove the lid and season this 20-minute curry with salt and pepper and enjoy.

Adding coconut milk, diced tomatoes, and spices to sauteed onion ginger garlic celery

Substitutions

If you do not have any leftover turkey on hand, well, this recipe can also be made with leftover chicken, or any cooked meat you prefer.

The onions, ginger, and garlic are a must for this recipe. But you can leave out the celery if you want to.

While I used canned diced tomatoes, you can also use fire roasted tomatoes or tomato sauté in this recipe. If you go with the latter, you might need to add some water, chicken stock or vegetable stock to thin this curry out a bit.

If full-fat coconut milk is not an option for you, you can use light coconut milk. Almond milk does change the taste of this, so I would use it with caution. If you are not lactose intolerant, you can even use cow milk.

If you do not have or want to get all the spices, you could use a pre-made curry paste instead of the coriander, cumin, Smoked paprika, turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne, and cardamom.

This 20-minute turkey curry is a thick curry. If you like to thin it out, you can add in a 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of water, chicken stock, or vegetable stock.

Easy and delicious Turkey curry with leftover turkey.

How to serve this leftover turkey curry?

This curry can be paired with some white rice or brown rice for a simple and tasty weeknight meal.

Or it can be paired with some yellow rice or turmeric quinoa or roti as well as some mixed vegetable curry, some broccoli croquettes, and some apple cranberry chutney for a more hearty weekend gathering.

20-Minute Turkey Curry

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easy 20-minute Turkey Curry made with leftover turkey.

20-Minute Turkey Curry

5 from 5 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Shashi
This 20-minute Turkey Curry is a creamy concoction of leftover turkey suspended in a hearty and tasty coconut and tomato sauce. It is a tasty recipe that is a delicious meal when served with some rice or roti.

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp oil like coconut or grapeseed
  • 1 lb cooked leftover turkey
  • 1 3/4 cups canned diced Tomato
  • 1 1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 inch chunk of ginger
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • Cup Spinach frozen
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • OPTIONAL: Dry or fresh parsley dry or fresh cilantro, pepper flakes to garnish.

Instructions

  • First off, add the oil to a heavy bottom pan. And place the pan over medium heat.
  • Then, peel and dice the onion and add it to the pan with the oil and let it sauté for about 3 minutes, stirring it so it doesn’t burn.
  • While the onion sautés, peel and dice up the cloves of garlic and ginger and add that to the onion in the pan. Sauté for about 4 more minutes.
  • Chop up the celery and add that to the pan with the onion, ginger, and garlic. Sauté this for another 3 minutes.
  • Cut up the cooked turkey into bite-sized pieces while the celery, garlic, ginger, and onion sauté.
  • Then add the canned diced tomatoes, coconut milk, coriander, cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne, cinnamon, turmeric, and cardamom to the pan and stir well.
  • Next, add in the frozen spinach and cooked turkey and mix well.
  • Turn the heat down to low and let this cook for about 5 more minutes with a lid on it.
  • Remove the lid and season this 20-minute curry with salt and pepper.
  • OPTIONAL – Serve garnished with dry cilantro, dry parsley, and pepper flakes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 88mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g
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  1. dina and bruce says:

    We have roasted chicken left over and are making this for dinner! Thank you for this recipe! Love all the seasonings!

  2. Mahy says:

    This is a great curry to make these days. Definitely timely – thank you!

  3. Amanda says:

    Always have to have turkey soup at Christmas and this version is so delicious and full of flavour. Love the coconut.

  4. Gianne says:

    It’s quick, delicious, and packed with flavor. The tender turkey and aromatic spices create the perfect balance. This dish is a must-try for anyone craving a quick and satisfying meal!

  5. Dannii says:

    This was so quick and easy and the flavours were amazing. So creamy and delicious.