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Nisha Katona's turkey tikka masala

Nisha's joining us with the perfect way to use up those Christmas leftovers - her delicious turkey tikka masala. 

Turkey tikka masala

Serves 4


600g leftover turkey breast, diced into 3cm pieces

3 tbsp tandoori masala

3tbsp vegetable oil

1 onion, finely diced

5 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

5cm piece of ginger, peeled and grated

150g tomato puree

2 tsp dried fenugreek leaves

2 tbsp garam masala

1 tsp turmeric

1 ½ tsp salt

4 tsp brown sugar

Optional, ¼ tsp chilli powder

500ml water

2 tbsp dried cranberries 

100g creme fraiche 

2 tsp cranberry sauce


Handful of freshly chopped coriander

1 tbsp pomegranate seeds

To serve

White basmati rice


1. Preheat a griddle pan to a medium to high heat. 

2. Dice your turkey breast into 3cm pieces and add the tandoori masala and 3 tbsp of the oil and mix well. Carefully place the turkey onto the hot pan and griddle until slightly charred, then set aside. 

3. Set a separate pan over a high heat and add the rest of the oil. When hot, add the onions, the garlic and the ginger. Turn the heat to medium/low, and cook until the onions have turned golden and sweet. 

4. Next add the spices and then the tomato puree. Allow to cook for a couple of minutes on a bright heat making sure the tomato puree is beginning to cook through a little. Now add the water. Then add the sugar and salt, then bring the pan to the boil and remove from the heat. Blend the sauce until silky smooth for about 1 minute. When smooth, add the dried cranberries and stir through.

5. Return the pan to the heat and add the charred turkey pieces and simmer on a medium heat until heated through so the turkey is piping hot. Remove from the heat and gently fold in the creme fraîche and cranberry sauce.

6. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander and the pomegranate.

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