I found this gem of a curry on boxing day after mass Googling “what the hell can I cook with leftover turkey.” Perfect if you have nothing ‘in’, this low cost sweet potato curry can be bought for under £2, and is made up of cupboard essentials that can be easily swapped and changed at will.
Don’t pass out here, but the picture at the top is indeed my attempt at this curry, and yes, it did taste as good as it looks! Mine had a chilli grated on top because i LOVE hot food, but i added it at the end, as to not burn everyone else’s mouth off.
The original recipe asked for roast or boiled potatoes; I used boiled sweet potatoes as that’s all I had at the time, and trust me, it was great. I also didn’t use curry paste, as my kids can’t stand hot food, so opted for a couple of teaspoons of curry powder instead.
I’d say that this is great for two adults and two tiny mouths. We used 1 boil in a bag rice portions and 2 pieces of naan split between the four of us and there was more than enough.
Ideal for: 2 adults & 2 kids (or 4 adults that like smaller portions.)
1 large onion (19p)
2 tsp curry power (5p)
1 green pepper, chopped (30p)
2 garlic clove, clopped finely (4p)
1 tbsp sunflower oil (1p)
400g can chopped tomato (25p)
300g (or whatever you have) leftover turkey or any meat
300g of boiled sweet potato (25p)
2 tbsp mango chutney (4p)
naan bread (45p)
Total: £1.78 + left over meat cost
Heat the oil in a large pan or wok over a high heat.
Cook the onion and pepper for 3-4 mins until starting to soften and brown slightly.
Stir in the curry powder and garlic, then cook for another 1-2 mins.
Add the chopped tomatoes and bring to the boil for 5 mins. (No need to cover.)
Turn the heat down, stir in the turkey and sweet potatoes, and cook for another 2-3 mins.
Season (salt & pepper) and add the mango chutney.
Cook rice as per packet instructions.
Warm naan in over with a sprinkle of water for 3-4 minutes.
While waiting for the rice, lightly mash the sweet potatoes. Once done, you should find that the dish is very close textured and stodgy with very little liquid. Depending on how you like it, you can add extra water, like the original recipe suggests. I didn’t, as it seemed perfect to me without it.
Pretty sure you could also swap the turkey for any other meat, like chicken or fish, and it wouldn’t matter at all!
So there you have it! A perfect family sized meal, including leftovers and bits from the cupboard, that can be made for under £2.
(All prices are based on shopping at Tesco and were correct at time of publishing.)