Turkey Keema Recipe – Lean Curry Meal Prep

Have you ever wondered how to make lean turkey taste good? Which isn’t too dry or bland? Give this lean turkey keema recipe a go and you will be amazed!

Video: How to make Indian Style Turkey Keema

What is Turkey keema?

Keema is an Indian style minced meat which is versatile because it can be used as a filling for a naan bread or samosa, or eaten with a flatbread.

Traditionally, keema matar is a red meat recipe that is mixed with peas, various spices, and tomatoes.

As a result, this is a meal that you should only eat occasionally because it is quite rich and heavy.

However, by using lean turkey completely changes the game for this keema recipe and it turns out that it is far more macro-friendly that is lower in calories and overall a healthier alternative.

For example, lets do a comparasion:

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, the main big difference between the two is fat content as red meat is heavier than white meat which means it is also far higher in calories.

The good news is that using turkey mince almost transforms this recipe into a guilt-free meal and you can eat it regularly without worrying about the number of calories you are eating.

It is still high in protein and is pretty much ideal if your diet is based on lean meals.

Will this turkey Keema be too 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 and will it be too dry?

I have cooked this many times and can confirm it is not dry thanks to the inclusion of peas, tomatoes, and other spices.

In fact, it tastes pretty much the same!

This is one of the few turkey mince recipes which is full of flavour, juicy, 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.

In my book, this makes it a win-win, especailly 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.

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.

The garden peas and tomatoes will do the job to make it juicy, and it is the main reason why it tastes the same as a lamb keema.

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Lean Turkey Keema

  • Author: Mani
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Low Fat


Have you ever wondered how to make lean turkey taste good? Which isn’t too dry or bland? Give this lean turkey keema recipe a go and you will be amazed!



To create 3-4 servings you will need:

  • 500g Lean Turkey Mince
  • 1 tsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 White Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp Garlic and Ginger Paste
  • 2 Green Chilli (optional – but gives it extra flavour)
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce (optional)
  • 1 tsp Tomato Puree
  • 60g Frozen Peas
  • 1 Cup Chopped Tomatoes


  • In a large pan, add the oil to medium-high heat. (In the video I dry toasted the cumin seeds and didn’t use oil)
  • Add the cumin seeds and onions, and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and ginger paste, followed by the green chillis.
  • Add the lean turkey mince.
  • Add the turmeric, garam masala, cumin, paprika, red chilli, salt and black pepper.
  • Continue to stir and add the worcestershire sauce and tomato puree.
  • Add frozen peas and chopped tomatoes.
  • Stir and cover for low-medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Set on medium heat and cook for another 5 minutes. It will be done.


  • 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.
  • Category: Indian Meal Prep
  • Method: One-Pot Recipe
  • Cuisine: Punjabi


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 234
  • Sugar: 6.1 g
  • Sodium: 140.1 mg
  • Fat: 8.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.3 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2.0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11 g
  • Fiber: 2.8 g
  • Protein: 28 g

Keywords: Turkey Keema

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