Turkey Tikka Masala

Sure, leftover turkey is great in a sandwich, but it's even better in a curry.

by Brandon Rice
Nov 18 2017, 8:00pm

Photo by Janelle Jones

Servings: 4-6
Prep: 20 minutes
Total: 3 hours


for the tikka masala:
2 tablespoons canola oil
12 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
4 shallots, thinly sliced
2 yellow onions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1/4 cup madras curry powder
9 1/2 ounces dried early girl tomatoes
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups turkey stock
4 cups cooked and shredded turkey

for serving:
garlic naan
cranberry chutney
steamed rice
fresh cilantro


1. In a small skillet over medium heat, toast the coriander and cumin seeds until fragrant about 3 minutes. Cool, then place in a spice grinder and pulse until smooth.

2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high. Add the garlic, shallots, and onions and cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add the coriander, cumin, and curry powder and cook 2 minutes longer. Add in the tomatoes, cream, and turkey stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook, slightly covered, for 2 1/2 hours.

3. Cool the masala slightly and, working in batches, purée the mixture until smooth. Transfer to a saucepan, add in the turkey, and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 15 minutes, then fold in the yogurt. Serve with steamed rice, garlic naan, cilantro, and cranberry chutney.