30 mins to 1 hour
30 mins to 1 hour
Who doesn’t love turkey curry? Make yours extra special by bringing the aromatic flavours of Sri Lanka to your plate, the perfect way to use up leftover Christmas turkey.
By Rick Stein
For the roasted Sri Lankan curry powder
- 1 tbsp uncooked long grain or
- 7.5cm/3in piece
- 1½ tsp
- ½ tsp
- ½ tsp
cardamom seeds (from about 10 green cardamom pods)
- ½ tsp black
- 1 tsp black
- 3 dried red Kashmiri chillies
For the Sri Lankan turkey curry
- 2 tbsp coconut or
cinnamon stick, broken into smaller pieces
cardamom pods, bruised
- 350g/12¼oz onions or
shallots, peeled, cut in half, thinly sliced
garlic, peeled, crushed to a paste with the edge of a knife
- 25g/1oz fresh root
ginger, peeled, finely grated
- 2 tbsp roasted Sri Lankan
curry powder (see above)
- 1 tsp Kashmiri
- 1 tsp ground
- 200g/7oz canned
- 20 fresh
- 4 x 4cm/1½in pieces pandan leaf (available from some Asian grocers)
- 1 fat
lemongrass stalk, tough outer leaves removed, cut in half, lightly bruised with the edge of a knife
- 3 green cayenne chillies, split open lengthways
- 1 tsp
salt, or to taste
- 400ml/14fl oz canned
- 750g-800g/1lb 10½oz-1lb 12¼oz cold cooked
turkey, cut into small pieces
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed
- salt and freshly ground
rice, to serve
For the roasted Sri Lankan curry powder, heat a heavy-based frying pan over a medium heat. Add the uncooked rice and cook for 2-3 minutes, shaking the pan regularly, until the rice is toasted and pale golden-brown. Transfer the toasted rice to a large mortar or spice grinder and set aside to cool.
Repeat the dry-frying process with the spices, then tip into a bowl and set aside to cool.
Repeat the dry-frying process with the dried chillies, then tip into a bowl and set aside to cool.
When the toasted rice, spices and chillies have cooled, grind them to a fine powder (do this in batches if necessary). Store the roasted Sri Lankan curry powder in an airtight jar for up to three months.
For the Sri Lankan turkey curry, heat the oil in a large, heavy-based frying pan. Add the cinnamon stick, cardamom pods and cloves and fry for 15-20 seconds, or until fragrant.
Add the onions or shallots and fry for 4-5 minutes, or until softened and pale golden-brown. Add the garlic and ginger, stir well to combine, and fry for a further 2-3 minutes.
Stir in two tablespoons of the roasted curry powder, the chilli powder and ground turmeric and fry for a further minute.
Add the chopped tomatoes, curry leaves, pieces of pandan leaf, lemongrass stalk, cayenne chillies and salt. Cover the pan with a lid and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer over a low to medium heat. Continue to simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the curry sauce has thickened.
Add the coconut milk and cooked turkey, then re-cover the pan with the lid, return the mixture to a simmer and continue to simmer for a further 4-5 minutes, or until the turkey has heated through. Stir in the lime juice and remove the pan from the heat. Serve with steamed rice.
For this recipe, you only need a small amount of the roasted Sri Lankan curry powder. The remaining curry powder can be stored in a screw-top jar for up to three months and used in other recipes.