Hi, Ray here again.
Christmas is just around the corner so I thought that I would try out one of the leftover turkey curry recipes from the great range of Curry Focus curry recipes. There is a turkey curry category, which I looked at, and then I chose to try out the version 1 leftover turkey curry recipe.
I knew that I would be testing at least one leftover turkey curry recipes before Christmas so we all had a big turkey roast a couple of weeks ago and I packaged up the leftover turkey into plastic bags and popped them into the freezer. I had deliberately bought a turkey that was way too big for us so there was a lot left over. I even made some turkey stock with the bones and put that into the freezer as well. I think one of the big problems with Christmas turkey is getting the size right. Most people tend to buy a turkey that is too large and sit around picking at the meat over the Christmas holiday. I’d much rather have a curry.
This is a very easy curry to shop for and most people would have all of the ingredients in the house over the holiday period. As it was, all I had to buy was a banana, some coconut milk and fresh coriander (cilantro).
Preparing the ingredients before cooking was simplicity itself and everything was ready with 30 minutes to go until the scheduled eating time. I put some basmati to soak into a bowl and waited for about 10 minutes and before starting the cooking (this allowed for the dinner tasters to be up to 10 minutes late).
The cooking was easy and uneventful.
And the tasting panel arrived in plenty of time, as usual (I think they’ve only been late a handful of times over the 4 years that I’ve been testing out curry recipes).
I served up version 1 of the Leftover Turkey Curry on basmati rice to the assembled diners only about 15 minutes late.
And how was the curry? It was an average turkey curry. It had a nice taste and the turkey was nice and hot. The dark meat was tastier than the white meat (often the case). One of the diners said that the turkey was a bit chewy but it had been well cooked previously and the other 3 had no problem with the meat. I was a bit worried that the banana would make the curry too sweet but it wasn’t sweet at all really. One thing that I thought of afterwards was that I should have bought a red bell pepper and then the curry would have had a real Christmas look to it what with the peas and coriander (cilantro) providing the green.
The leftover turkey curry received an average taste score of 7 out of 10 with a heat/spice rating of “Mild to Medium”.
All in all, this is a reasonable curry and certainly preferable to the pile of turkey sandwiches that usually appear on Boxing Day. So this Christmas, make sure you have the spices (you do not need many), coconut milk and fresh coriander (cilantro) handy to try this recipe out for yourself. And if you need a hotter curry, maybe leave in the chilli seeds or throw in an extra chilli.