Turkey Tikka Masala

Prep time 1 Hour       Cook time 1 Hour       Serves 3-4 People


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For the turkey marinade

1 Butterball Easy Fresh Boneless Skinless Turkey Breast, cut into 1.5 inch cubes1 cup plain yogurtJuice of ½ lemon3 cloves garlic, finely grated1 Tbsp. finely grated ginger2 tsp garam masala½ tsp salt

For the sauce

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil2 Tbsp. unsalted butter1 large yellow onion, finely diced3 cloves garlic, finely grated1 Tbsp. finely grated ginger1/2 tsp ground turmeric1 tsp ground coriander1 tsp ground cumin1 tsp garam masala1 tsp Cayenne chilli powder2 cups strained tomato sauce (passata)1 cup whipping creamSalt, to tasteFresh chopped coriander to garnish


  1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients for turkey marinade and marinate for 1 hour.

  2. Add oil to a large pot and heat on medium. When hot, add pieces of marinated turkey, ensuring not to crowd the pot. Cook for 2-3 minutes a side, or until browned. Remove turkey with a slotted spoon into a bowl and set aside.

  3. In the same pot, add butter and onions, and cook until soft and translucent. Next add garlic and ginger, and sauté for 30-45 seconds. Add turmeric, coriander, cumin, and garam masala. Fry until fragrant (15-20 seconds).

  4. Add tomato sauce, cayenne chilli and season with salt to taste. Simmer for 15-20 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally until tomato sauce thickens, and takes on a deep reddish brown colour.

  5. Add reserved turkey and whipping cream, and cook for an additional 10 minutes until mixture is bubbling, glossy, and thick.

  6. Garnish with fresh chopped coriander and serve with hot basmati rice, and naan. Enjoy!

  7. Recipe by Vijaya Selvaraju

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