March 17, 2017

Friday Flavour: Turkey in Dry Masala Roasted Spices

Category: Grubbecipes

Don’t let the words “masala” and “spices” intimidate you.

Most importantly, I hope the picture here, right out of the frying pan would be enough to make you want to linger a little longer:

Turkey in Dry MasalaΒ©

Because, if you’d only give this a teeny-weenie chance, the fusion of flavours from the spices will tease your taste buds and open up your senses that will leave you wanting more. Spicy and spices all! I know, I know…you might be wanting to click away just by glancing at the list of spices you see in the recipe card below.

Still. Don’t. Not yet.

But if you choose to anyway, I’m telling you that you’d be missing out on such a wonderful Indian-inspired cuisine.

Turkey in Dry Masala Roasted Spice
Serves 4
Succulent, spicy bite-sized turkey meat cooked in its own juices and all spiced up Indian-style with variety of roasted spices.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
  1. 2 inches cinnamon stick
  2. 4 cloves
  3. 3 cardamom pods (stomped with a pestle such that the pods break and you see the tiny black seeds in it. Use all!)
  4. A handful of crushed curry leaves
  5. 3 large onions, finely chopped (red preferred)
  6. 2 inches fresh ginger, de-skinned and chopped
  7. 6 cloves garlic, pressed ( leftover skin in the garlic presser can be minced and added in)
  8. 3-4 pieces green chilles, sliced thin
  9. Half tspn turmeric powder
  10. 1 tspn chilli powder
  11. 2 tspn coriander powder
  12. 1 tspn garam masala
  13. 500g turkey meat, cut into bite-sized pieces
  14. A sprig of curry leaves
  15. Half tspn cumin powder
  16. Black pepper
  17. Salt to taste
  18. A quater of a lemon
  19. Olive oil for frying
  1. Dry roast turmeric, red chilli powder, garam masala and coriander without oil till fragrant. Set aside.
  2. Heat up about 2-3 tbsp of olive oil. When the oil is hot enough, add in all the whole spices of cinnamon, cloves, cardamom pods (along with the skin and black seeds). Add the curry leaves
  3. Fry up till you smell the aroma of spices
  4. Add in onions, ginger, garlic and chillies. Saute till the onions are slightly browned. Make sure you keep stirring and leave nothing sticking to the bottom of the pan
  5. Add in the spices dry roasted earlier. Stir and mix well for about a minute
  6. Add turkey pieces and coat well with the spices already in the pan. Cook on low heat for about 15 minutes or until the turkey meat is thoroughly cooked
  7. If it gets too dry, add in some water and continue stirring to prevent anything from sticking to the pan. Cover.
  8. Once you start seeing some bits of the oil separated, add in the last sprig of curry leaves
  9. Sprinkle black pepper and cumin powder. Mix well. Season with salt to taste
  10. Squeeze with the juice of the lemon. Remove from heat.
  11. Serve with rice.
  1. You can substitute the turkey with chicken meat and/or use lime instead of lemon. Reduce the amount of chilli powder if you don't want it to be too spicy. Not using curry leaves however, would compromise the taste.
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  1. This looks delicious!!!Love the spices.

  2. Of course, turmeric! It sounds delicious, Anne! I keep forgetting about turkey meat unless is ground or around Thanksgiving. Are you submitting this recipe to the Recipe Showdown? πŸ˜€

    • You really shouldn’t forget the goblble-gobble-goos. They are delish when not minced too! :p I didn’t submit this…though I have already submitted to other to Binky and linked up to you as well. No pingbacks? 3 recipes would be too many no?

      • I know they are. We polish a whole bird every Thanksgiving πŸ™‚
        I know you’ve submitted one recipe to the #RecipeShowdown game. Didn’t know of two. It would be nice if more people played along.

        • That whole bird usually lasts us for a whole week! :p
          Yep. Two! πŸ™‚ I’m a turmeric addict and I love using turmeric in my cooking. There is still time for people to join in!

  3. Any thing with Turmeric wins!

  4. This looks good and delicious πŸ™‚


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