Turkey keema is a very tasty and delicious recipe that is essentially ground turkey mince mixed with spices, tomatoes, and peas.
Although keema matar is usually made from red meat, using turkey mince is a great way to make this recipe healthier and is very macro-friendly (lean and high in protein).
If you have ever wondered how to make ground turkey taste good, that is not dry or bland, this recipe is for you because it’s packed with flavor and is incredibly moist.
This recipe has been updated in May 2021.
What Is Turkey Keema?
Keema is Indian-style minced meat that is versatile because it can be used as a filling for naan bread or samosa, or eaten as a mains dish with a flatbread or naan.
Traditionally, keema is a red meat recipe that is mixed with peas, various spices, and tomatoes.
Growing up, I would only eat this occasionally because it is quite rich and heavy as we used lamb mince, and therefore it was not a dish that you eat regularly on a weeknight.
However, by using lean turkey completely changes the game for this keema recipe and it turns out that it is lower in calories and a healthier alternative.
For example, lets do a comparison between turkey mince and lamb mince:
Keema made with 500g Lean Turkey Mince
- 234 Calories
- 28g Protein
- 8.8g Fat
- 11g Carbohydrates
Keema made with 500g Lamb Mince
- 390 Calories
- 26g Protein
- 26g Fat
- 13g Carbohyrates
As you can see, turkey keema is low in calories and low in fat compared to lamb mince.
The good news is that this is not a typical turkey mince recipe that is too dry and bland, and instead, it tastes the same as a lamb mince keema which is thanks to the spices and other ingredients.
This is a guilt-free meal, and you can eat it regularly without worrying about counting calories.
- Turkey Mince: Typically, the turkey mince you will find in the supermarkets are around 7% which is completely fine for this recipe. I would recommend using ground turkey thigh mince because it will taste great for this recipe.
- Herbs and Spices: There’s a long list of herbs and spices for this recipe. It begins with cumin seeds, bay leaves, and green cardamon. You can skip this part if you don’t have these spices. However, this recipe also calls for ground spices which you will mostly need. Garam masala and ground cumin are essential, while red chili powder and ground coriander are also important. Turmeric is optional but it’s a nice addition.
- Frozen Peas: Important ingredient for this recipe and is a great addition.
- Tomatoes: You can use fresh chopped tomatoes, canned tomatoes, or tomato purée.
How To Make Turkey Keema (Photo Guide)
Cook the cumin seeds, bay leaves and cardamon pods in vegetable oil.
Add the onions, garlic paste and ginger paste.
Add the turkey mince and break it apart.
Add the spice mix.
Add the tomatoes.
Add the frozen peas.
Add water and cover for 20 minutes.
The results are amazing!
The turkey keema recipe is perfect to meal prep because it tastes just as good when you reheat it. Thanks to the additional of tomatoes, it will not even taste too dry when you reheat the turkey mince.
How to store: Store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, or freeze for 3-4 months. Ensure you use high-quality meal prep containers.
How to reheat: Reheat in the microwave for 2 minutes, or 4-5 minutes in a saucepan. Allow to thaw overnight if defrosting.
Serving tips: It’s best to eat this with a naan bread or flat bread. Picture this as a dry curry.
Will turkey Keema taste dry?
Keema is naturally a dry meat recipe and turkey mince is known to be bland and dry. So, is this a recipe for disaster?
I have cooked this many times and can confirm it is not dry thanks to the inclusion of peas, tomatoes, water, and other spices. In fact, it tastes pretty much the same if you were to use red meat!
This is one of the few turkey mince recipes which is full of flavor and tasty.
In my opinion, it tastes just like the red meat version but is less heavy on your stomach, and it is a great meal prep recipe because it is high in protein and low in fat.
This makes it a win-win, especially if you enjoy eating keema and looking to stay in shape.
What if I want to make it smoother?
If you want to make this turkey keema into a smoother curry, just add water and allow it simmer for longer.
However, you could use more tomatoes which will too make it smoother and add more flavour.
Personally, I prefer it the traditional way with a flatbread, pitta bread or naan as the meat is so lovely to scoop up.
Ground Turkey Mince Recipes
- Healthy Turkey Bolognese
- Turkey Chili Recipe
- Turkey Taco Stuffed Peppers
- Turkey Sausage and Egg McMuffin
Turkey Keema Recipe
To create 3-4 servings you will need:
- 500 g Turkey Mince low fat
- 1 tsp Vegetable Oil
- 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
- 3 Bay Leaves
- 6 Green Cardamom crushed
- 1 Onion finely chopped
- 1 tsp Garlic Paste
- 1 tsp Ginger Paste
- 2 Green Chilli
- 2 tsp Garam Masala
- 1 tsp Ground Cumin
- 1 tsp Ground Turmeric
- 1 tsp Ground Coriander
- 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
- 200 g Chopped Tomatoes
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 cup Frozen Peas
- 1 tsp Salt to taste
- In a large pan, add the oil to medium-high heat.
- Add the cumin seeds, bay leaves, and crushed green cardamon. Cook for 1 minute.
- Add the onions, garlic, ginger paste, and green chilies. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the turkey mince and stir.
- Add the ground spices: garam masala, cumin, turmeric, red chili, and ground coriander.
- Continue to stir and add chopped tomatoes.
- Add frozen peas and water.
- Cover for low heat for 20 minutes.
- Set on medium heat and cook for another 5 minutes.
- For your meal prep, refrigerate and consume within four days.
- Keema is supposed to be dry and eaten with a naan bread or flat bread. It can also be used as a filling for a samosa or naan bread.
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