Leftover turkey vindaloo

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Cooking time
10 to 30 mins

Serves 4


From The Hairy Bikers' Christmas Party


For the masala spice mixture

  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 4 dried chillies
  • 6 cloves
  • 3 star anise
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp coriander seeds

For the stir fry

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 5cm/2in piece fresh ginger, cut into thin strips
  • 1 red onion, cut into thin strips
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 3 bell peppers, mixed colours, cut into thin strips
  • 3 tbsp tomato purée
  • 500g/1lb 2oz leftover turkey, cut into thin strips
  • 2 tbsp malt vinegar
  • pinch sugar
  • salt
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander, to garnish


  1. For the spice mixture, dry roast the spices one-by-one in a heavy-based saucepan over a medium heat. Allow the spices to cool and grind all together coarsely in a pestle and mortar.

  2. Heat the oil in a separate, heavy-based frying pan, add the garlic and cook for a couple of minutes or until golden brown. Add the ginger and onion, and stir fry over a high heat for two minutes or until the onion is softened. Add the masala spice mixture, turmeric, chilli powder and chillies and cook for a further two minutes, then add the peppers and fry over a high heat for another minute. Add the tomato purée and, still on a high heat, stir the mixture so that everything is well combined.

  3. Add the leftover turkey turkey to the pan and continue to cook over a high heat for 3-4 minutes until the meat is warmed through.

  4. Add the vinegar and sugar and season to taste with salt, stirring continuously to mix everything thoroughly together.

  5. To serve, spoon the curry into a large serving dish. Garnish with coriander and serve with rice.