The moment we watched Bridget Jones subjected to an annual New Year’s Day turkey curry buffet, we were hooked on the idea. Those Brits do love their saucy curries. Chicken Tikka Masala is their national dish, after all.
EVIDENCE! The case for turkey curry via the New York Times, Nov. 25, 1887 ancient colonial curry.
TURKEY AND SPINACH CURRY
New York Times
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/8 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
1 cup tomatoes, chopped (canned are fine; include their juice)
1 cup coconut milk
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 pound fresh spinach, trimmed of thick stems, washed and roughly chopped
2 cups leftover turkey, white or dark meat or a combination, roughly chopped
Freshly chopped cilantro for garnish.
1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; add onion, garlic and ginger and cook until they begin to soften, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add cumin, coriander, turmeric and cayenne and cook, stirring, until spices are fragrant, about another minute.
2. Add tomatoes and their juices and coconut milk and sprinkle with salt and pepper; bring mixture to a boil and reduce heat to medium. Simmer for another 8 to 10 minutes, or until tomatoes break down.
3. Add spinach and turkey to pan and continue to cook until spinach wilts and turkey is warmed through, another 3 to 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning, garnish with cilantro and serve.
Yield: 4 servings.
DELIA SMITH’S ENGLISH COLONIAL CURRY WITH TURKEY
600g cooked turkey, chopped into chunks
1 tablespoon turkey dripping
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 sticks of celery, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 heaped tablespoon plain flour
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 heaped tablespoon Sharwood’s Hot Curry Powder (for Madras)
725ml hot stock (or less)
1 medium dessert or Bramley apple, cored and chopped
1 heaped tablespoon mango chutney
small container of coconut milk
juice of half a lemon, at least.
Heat the dripping and fry the onion and celery over a medium heat, tossing them around till softened and well browned at the edges, then add the garlic and toss that around for a minute.
Now stir in the flour, turmeric, ginger and curry powder to soak up all the juices, and after that gradually stir in the stock. When the sauce begins to bubble add the apple, sultanas, mango chutney and grated coconut, plus some seasoning.
Turn the heat down to a gentle simmer and let it cook for 30 minutes.
After that, add the turkey pieces and a squeeze of lemon juice, stir well, put a lid on and simmer gently for a further 10 minutes to reheat the turkey.
Serve with basmati rice, poppadoms, mango chutney and lime pickle.