Leftover Turkey Curry Recipe – The perfect post Christmas dish, easy, quick, deliciously tasty. It uses the cold, cooked turkey from your roast for a really special curry.
I love Christmas food, but surely, one of the best bits is the leftovers isn’t it? This is the meal that keeps on giving!
Apart from bubble and squeak, one of my favourite Christmas dishes is this leftover Turkey Curry recipe.
It’s easy, quick, healthy (no cream!) and packed with veg, for a dose of goodness after all of those mince pies.
You’ll love this Turkey Curry recipe because:
✅ The perfect home for your Christmas leftovers.
✅ Uses store cupboard and freezer ingredients.
✅ An added dose of vegetables after festive excess!
FAQs about Turkey Curry
How do you make Turkey Curry?
You make a simple curry sauce with onions, garlic, ginger, turmeric, curry powder and passata.
Along with the sauce goes in butternut squash (or whichever similar vegetable you fancy), plus the leftover turkey, lentils and spinach.
I also add in some mango chutney for sweetness.
It’s so simple to make and really delicious. Perfect for the whole family.
Can I freeze this recipe?
Technically you shouldn’t reheat food more than once, so if your turkey was roasted on Christmas Day, it was then reheated in this curry, you shouldn’t freeze and reheat again.
All that said, I have done it before and been fine. If you want to make it to freeze, just omit the turkey at Step 4, and add it in when the whole sauce is cold and then freeze. That way it hasn’t been reheated and is safe to reheat after defrosting.
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This post was originally published on Dec 26, 2016 and updated with new photos on Dec 7, 2021.
Leftover Turkey Curry Recipe
- 2 teaspoons Olive Oil
- 250 g Chopped onions I cheated and used frozen for speed, if using fresh this will be about 2 medium onions
- 1 tablespoon Chopped garlic again I used frozen, this would be about 3 gloves
- 1 tablespoon Grated ginger again I used frozen, this would be about a 1 inch piece of fresh
- 150 g Curry paste Whichever type you like
- 500 g Butternut squash cubed (again, I used frozen!)
- 400 g Tinned tomatoes
- 500 ml Vegetable stock
- 100 g Red lentils
- 500 g Leftover turkey
- 4 tbsp Mango chutney
- 200 g Baby spinach
- Rice poppadoms, more mango chutney
- Heat the oil in a large pan over a low heat.
- Add the onions, garlic, ginger and curry paste and cook gently for about 10 minutes until soft.
- Add the butternut squash, passata and about half of the stock. Add the lentils, stir well and pop a lid on. Leave to cook down for about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally and add more of the stock as and when needed.
- When the lentils and butternut squash are soft and cooked through, add in the turkey and mango chutney. Cook for a further 5 - 10 minutes, again, adding a splash more stock when needed.
- Turn off the heat, add the spinach and pop the pan lid on for 5 minutes until wilted.
- Serve with rice, poppadoms and more mango chutney. (You could garnish with coriander if you're that way inclined.)