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

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  • 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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  • cheryl

    Needed to have more liquid…I think I’ll add a half a can of diced can tomatoes. I am sitting here while my husband added ketchup. He couldn’t wait for me to doctor it up. Oh well. Lol

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  • Emma

    Very tasty dish and now added as a firm favourite. I think it will also be nice added to a salad .

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  • nicole

    this was delicious, made with chicken broth instead of water.. used a little more liquid but the rest of the recipe was the same. Loved!!!

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  • Karen Celestine

    AWESOME MEAL…

  • Tina M

    So happy with this recipe. I used red potatoes with the skin on, tikka masala instead of garam masala, and some ginger powder and ginger juice since I didn’t have fresh. Used chicken broth instead of water, probably more like 1.5 cups, and I didn’t have any parsley or cilantro. Lol. Still, it came out great! It was so easy, only took one pan, and satisfied my Indian food craving without all the heavy dairy or coconut that’s usually used. Ate it over some steamed cabbage, which is my go-to instead of rice. It would have been good on its own. Thanks for the recipe! I’ll definitely make it again. I also think it’s a great starting point for pretty much endless small changes to bring a lot of new variety to the stuff I usually cook.

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