Including Christmas leftovers ideas
If you are looking for a leftover turkey curry then this is for you! This makes for a great Christmas leftover dinner that is budget-friendly and easy to cook.
Perfect if you have nothing ‘in’, this low-cost turkey curry can be bought for under £2, and is made up of cupboard essentials that can be easily swapped and changed at will.
This makes a great Boxing day meal when you have loads of turkey leftovers. Nothing tastes better than leftover cooked turkey the next day. Try this recipe if your family really want a takeaway as it certainly tastes like a treat.
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Leftover turkey curry recipe
This is a great beginner recipe for anyone who has pre-cooked meat to use up. It’s really easy and doesn’t have to be spicy either.
If you are new to cooking or are looking for new meals to eat for the whole family then have a look at Spicentice*.
They send out packets of spices with easy to follow instructions so you can make a meal from scratch.
They are great to use if you are new to cooking from scratch or if you are looking to get your family eating new budget-friendly meals and have no clue where to start.
We tried them at the start of this year and loved them. We got stuck in a food rut and they helped by giving us ideas while keeping our food budget really low.
We made the below meals using Spicentice. Try them for yourself here:
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What goes with a turkey curry?
Like any curry, you can pair it with many side dishes. Our favorites are:
Soda bread – Soda bread is really easy to make. You don’t need any yeast, just natural yogurt as the raising agent. It’s really quick to make using just self-raising flour, a pinch of salt and the yogurt. Put it in the oven in till the bottom is slightly brown.
Rice – Any kind of rice will do. We love wholemeal egg fried rice which you can easily make at home. You could also add some peas or dried turmeric with soft fried onions.
Naan bread – These can be made in advanced or on the spot. The trick to making naan is making sure that the dough is really thin and the pan is really hot. Serve with garlic butter.
Poppadoms – Poppadoms taste great when you make them yourself. Did you know that they are just made of flour and water? Plus any other spices you want to add? Roll the dough out into little balls and fatten them out. Heat up the oil in a pan or deep fat fryer and cook one at a time in till golden brown.
Dhal – Dhal is really easy to make a home and makes a great side dish for the whole family. You could make your dhal with tinned lentils or with chickpeas. You can make it as spicy as you like!
Potatoes – Bombay potatoes are the best when they are homemade. Sag Aloo is made from spinach and potatoes with blended spices like garlic and ginger. Easy to put together if you suddenly have extra guests.
Turkey leftover curry Ingredients
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.
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.
1 large onion (19p)
2 tsp curry powder (5p)
1 green pepper, chopped (30p)
2 garlic cloves, chopped finely (4p)
1 tbsp sunflower oil (1p)
400g can chopped tomato (25p)
300g (or whatever you have) leftover turkey meat
300g of boiled sweet potato (25p)
2 tbsp mango chutney (4p)
naan bread (45p)
Total: £1.78 + leftover meat cost (Correct at time of publishing)
Easy turkey curry method
This leftover turkey and potato recipe is perfect for the whole family. Chuck whatever you have in and give it a blend. You can even take it different textures depending on what your family like!
Heat the oil in a large pan or wok over 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 if you have brought them or make them using just plain flour, salt and hot water.
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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.
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.
This leftover turkey and potato recipe makes perfect leftovers. Put it into an airtight container, label and add to the fridge or freezer.
Soda bread also goes lovely with this curry. It’s so easy to make and can be made in advance.
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- 1 large onion
- 2 tsp curry powder
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped finely
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil
- 400g can chopped tomato
- 300g (or whatever you have) leftover turkey meat
- 300g of boiled sweet potato
- 2 tbsp mango chutney
- rice (20p)
- Heat the oil in a large pan or wok over 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.
- Serve warm with whatever side you chose.
Amount Per Serving Calories 246Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 21mgSodium 60mgCarbohydrates 41gFiber 5gSugar 14gProtein 11g
Please check that this information is correct before you consume.