Curried Ground Turkey with Potatoes

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One-pot Curried Ground Turkey—ground turkey sautéed with onions and garlic, then simmered with Indian seasonings, potatoes, tomatoes, and peas.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Ground turkey has to be one of my favorite meats to work with. It’s lean, takes to spices well, and is relatively inexpensive.

Brainstorming ideas for something that would use ground turkey, potatoes, and onions the other day we were inspired by a classical Indian dish called “Aloo Keema”.

It’s made with minced meat (most often chicken, beef, or lamb), potatoes, and Indian spices like garam masala and turmeric.

Curried Ground Turkey with Potatoes

Our ground turkey version was delightful, warmly spicy and satisfying. Made for great leftovers too. Feel free to play around with the spices.

If I didn’t have garam masala in my pantry I would have used some curry powder and maybe a little cardamom. Not that that’s a substitution, it’s just that the idea is not to complicate things too much, but to work with what you have, and note that “curry” is broadly defined.

Curried Ground Turkey with Potatoes Recipe

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

You can easily substitute ground chicken, beef or lamb for the ground turkey. The "curry" part of this recipe is flexible. Use your favorite curry powder, garam masala, or Indian spice mix.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 Tbsp vegetable oil (or ghee or coconut oil)
  • 1 pound ground turkey (thigh meat if you can get it)
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1-2 chopped fresh red chiles (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • A 1-inch piece of peeled ginger, grated fine
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 Tbsp garam masala (or curry powder)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 large Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2-4 Roma or other plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup (loosely packed) chopped cilantro or parsley

Method

1 Brown the ground turkey: Heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a large pot with a lid. When the oil is hot, add the ground turkey, spreading it out over the pan.

Try not to crowd the meat (you may need to cook in batches). Cook the meat without stirring, until it begins to brown.

2 Add onion and chiles: Add the chopped onion and chiles. Stir and sauté for 4-5 minutes, or until the onion begins to color a bit. Sprinkle salt over everything.

3 Add ginger and garlic: Add the grated ginger and garlic, mix well and sauté for another 1-2 minutes.

4 Add spices, water, potatoes, then simmer: Mix in the spices (garam masala, turmeric, cumin, coriander), water, and the potatoes. Stir to combine and cover. Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.

5 Add tomatoes and peas: When the potatoes are tender, add the diced tomatoes and peas. Mix well and cover the pot. Cook 2-3 minutes. Add salt, if needed, to taste.

6 Stir in chopped cilantro to serve: Right before you serve, mix in the chopped cilantro. Serve alone or with flatbread or white rice.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. JP

    Wow!!! This curry INCREDIBLY delicious! Just made it today. Made it exactly like the recipe, but just used S&B curry powder + stirred in some yogurt after it was done cooking to lower the heat of the spicy peppers. Served over rice – so delicious and comforting. Thank you for this recipe!

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  2. Dee

    This is a winner! I wanted something different other than using ground turkey in a bolognese or meatballs. This was so delicious and I actually had most of the ingredients on hand, including the spices. It was perfect. We just had it with naan and it was perfect. Spices were on point, too.

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  3. Ebony

    I was looking for a ground turkey recipe other than pasta. I came across this recipe in a Google search and made it the same night. What an amazing dish! I followed the recipe except I substituted homemade chicken broth for water and a little dry red wine for a hint of sweetness. It was easy to prepare, easier to cook, and it little goes a long way. The next time I will add a small yam for sweetness to compliment the spices.

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  4. Sandi

    So good!! Whole family loved it. I used little red potatoes (cuz that’s what I had) and served over Basmati rice. Will definitely make again!

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  5. Christine

    DELISH!!! And so easy to make! I see that it serves 4 … any idea how many calories per serving?

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