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Easy Leftover Turkey Curry

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With our easy-to-follow recipe for turkey curry, you can whip up a wonderful pan of leftover turkey curry in no time at all. This recipe makes use of all the roast dinner leftovers.

This is a brilliant curry recipe! You can use it to make turkey or leftover chicken curry and you can even throw in leftover vegetables and roast potatoes.

Making it the ultimate leftover turkey curry! And a great recipe for all that leftover Christmas turkey!

You can serve your leftover turkey curry with boiled rice, naan breads, poppadoms and some lovely Indian dips. Just add any of your favourite Indian side dishes.

And if you’re making leftover Christmas turkey curry then use up the cranberry sauce here, it’s great with curry and popadoms.

This really is the easiest turkey curry! No need to keep a cupboard full of spices, just a tube of spice paste in the fridge. Simple!

leftover turkey curry serve with popadoms and cranberry sauce

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Leftover Turkey Curry Recipe

Serves – 4 

Prep Time – 10 minutes 

Cook Time – approx 35 minutes

Total Time – 45 minutes 

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Equipment Needed To Make Leftover Turkey Curry

  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knife
  • Tablespoon
  • Large skillet pan with a lid
  • Cooking spoon

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Leftover Turkey Curry Ingredients

You’ll only need a handful of ingredients to make our delicious turkey curry, and you can swap and change the added vegetables depending on what you have to use up!

leftover turkey curry ingredients on a board - leftover turkey, curry paste, leftover sprouts and roast potatoes, chopped pepper, diced onions, chopped garlic and ginger and a jar of tomato pasatta

Cooks Note! Okay, so first up, remember when you’re making a new meal from leftovers, you really don’t need to be precise with the ingredients quantities. Just add in what you have and bulk it out where necessary if you’re short on leftovers.

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil – you can use rapeseed oil or butter if you prefer
  • 1 onion – peeled and diced
  • 1 clove garlic – grated, or use lazy garlic from a jar
  • thumb sized piece of ginger – peeled and grated. Or you can use lazy ginger from a jar.
  • 2 peppers – diced
  • 600g passata or canned chopped tomatoes
  • 350g leftover cooked turkey – shredded – if you don’t have that much, just add in what you have and you can use canned chickpeas or lentils to bulk up the leftover turkey curry if needed.
  • 4 handfuls of leftover vegetables – any mix of sprouts, carrots, parsnips, roast or boiled potatoes, peas, swede. Just use whatever leftovers need using up. Again, you can always add canned pulses if you need to bulk up the curry.
  • Pinch salt and black pepper
leftover turkey curry serve with popadoms and cranberry sauce

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How To Make Leftover Turkey Curry

You are just going to LOVE how simple our delicious easy turkey curry is to make!

Step One Fry the onions and peppers

  • Put the pan over a medium heat and tip in the sunflower oil.
  • Fry the onions and peppers for 5 minutes, stir often, until they start to soften.
frying peppers and onions to make curry base

Step Two – make the curry base sauce

  • Squeeze in the curry paste and add the grated garlic and ginger. Mix everything together and fry for around a minute.
onions being fried up with curry paste
  • Then tip in the tomato passata, season with salt and black pepper and bring to the boil.

Step Three – add the leftover turkey and vegetables

  • Add the shredded leftover roast turkey and any leftover vegetables to the curry sauce.
  • Bring the curry back to the boil and then pop the lid on, reduce the heat and simmer for around 20 – 30 minutes or until the turkey and vegetable leftovers are thoroughly reheated throughout and are piping hot.

Step Four – serve the Leftover Turkey Curry

leftover turkey curry serve with popadoms and cranberry sauce
  • Serve the leftover turkey curry with boiled rice, naan breads and popadoms and add in any side dishes you like.

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Wondering What To Do With Leftover Turkey?

If you’ve got leftover turkey or leftover roast chicken then grab our leftover meal ideas below – there’s 10 tasty recipes that’ll help you save money and waste less food!

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Side Dishes That Go Great With A Curry

leftover christmas turkey curry in a skillet pan with cranberry sauce and mint yogurt dip

You can also add in poppadoms, naan breads, boiled rice, cauliflower rice, chips, whatever you like to eat!

Recipe Variations And Tips

Add more spices – if you have them to hand, and want to add a little extra oomph to your curry, you can add in some garam masala, ground turmeric, ground coriander and ground cumin. You can also make this curry with curry powder instead of paste.

Make it creamy – go for a creamy style curry and stir through some coconut milk, or heavy cream.

Love Your Leftovers!

If you’ve got leftover stew, casserole or curry then grab our BRILLIANT leftover recipe ideas here – How To Use Up Leftover Stew and turn it into something new!

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leftover christmas turkey curry in a skillet pan with cranberry sauce and mint yogurt dip

Leftover Turkey Curry

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

A super easy leftover turkey curry recipe - you can use for leftover roast turkey or chicken.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 onion - diced
  • 1 clove garlic - finely grated
  • thumb sized piece of ginger - finely grated
  • 2 peppers - diced
  • 2 tbsp curry paste
  • 600g passata
  • 350g roast turkey shredded
  • 400g cooked mixed vegetables
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch black pepper

Instructions

  1. Put the pan over a medium heat and tip in the sunflower oil.
  2. Fry the onions and peppers for 5 minutes until they start to soften.
  3. Squeeze in the curry paste and add the grated garlic and ginger. Mix everything together and fry for around a minute.
  4. Then tip in the tomato passata, season with salt and black pepper and bring to the boil.
  5. Add the shredded leftover turkey and any leftover vegetables to the curry sauce.
  6. Bring the curry back to the boil and then pop the lid on, reduce the heat and simmer for around 20 – 30 minutes or until the turkey and vegetable leftovers are thoroughly reheated throughout and are piping hot.
  7. Serve the leftover turkey curry with boiled rice, naan breads and popadoms and add in any side dishes you like.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 271Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 333mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 28g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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