Turkey is not our favorite birds to eat. I hardly cook it at home and nor do we order when we eat out. We find the bird tasteless and smelly. Because the bird is lean, I use to cook it once or twice a year at the most. Lately, it has become a regular at home and the change in heart towards this bird is due the fact that it is very lean. Whenever I cook turkey I spice it up a lot to make it more flavorful.
In the past, I use to make turkey patties (I used ground chicken but can substitute it with ground turkey) and lately, I have been experimenting a lot with this meat. Couple of months ago, I made turkey dumpling soup, tried turkey kofta curry and, recently made curry puffs and canapés.
Last month, when our family visited us from India, I made turkey puffs couple of times and everyone loved it. Last week, I made turkey canapés (also made it once last month when my family was here) which were a perfect mini bite to munch on. The filling used for both the puffs and the canapés is the same and this filling can be served as a side dish along with the rice. Oh, last week I also used the same filling to make wraps as well!
Total Time: 20 minutes
Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
- 1.3 lbs. / 600 gms. Ground Turkey
- 2 - 3 tbsp. Oil (I used 3 and the oil was flowing down the curry)
- 1 cup Onion chopped
- 1 ½ tbsp. Ginger Garlic Paste
- 1 tbsp. Coriander Powder
- 1 tbsp. Chili Powder (adjust to your heat tolerance level)
- 1 ¼ tsp. Salt (adjust to taste)
- ½ tsp. Turmeric
- 1 ¼ tsp. Garam Masala
- ½ cup or. 1small Tomato chopped
- Cilantro to garnish
- Chop the vegetables and keep aside all the ingredients required for the preparation.
- Heat oil in a pan and sauteed onions for couple of minutes until translucent.
- Add ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute or two until the raw ginger smell vanishes.
- Add the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Add tomatoes and cook for couple of minutes until the tomatoes are soft.
- Add turkey and mix well for 3-4 minutes to separate the meat.
- Cover and cook the turkey for 5-8 minutes until it s well done.
- Continue cook for few more minutes until all the juices evaporated. Garnish with cilantro and transfer to a serving bowl.
- Serve the ground turkey fry as a side dish with rice or use it as a filling for curry puffs, canapes, wraps or quesadilla.
Should we thaw the turkey in microwave/fridge before doing stove top cooking? Thanks I can't wait to try this out!
I used refrigerated turkey. It does not need thawing. If yo wish, you can leave it on counter top for 10-30 minutes to bring it to room temperature. This makes it easy when stir frying.