Turkey Keema (Lean Mince and Peas Curry)

Have you ever wondered how to make ground turkey taste good which is not dry or bland? Give this turkey keema recipe a go and you will be amazed because it is incredibly moist and does not taste like a typical ground turkey recipe.

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 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 which 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.

How to make Turkey Keema

1) Main ingredients

Turkey Mince: Typically, the turkey mince you will find in the supermarkets are around 7% which is completely fine for this recipe.

Spices:

  • Cumin Seeds and powder – I use both for the extra earthy flavour
  • 2 Green Chilli (optional – but gives it extra spice)
  • Turmeric Powder
  • Paprika Powder
  • Garam Masala
  • Red Chilli Powder

Frozen Peas: Traditional ingredient for this recipe.

Tomatoes: Essential for this recipe.

Ginger and Garlic: Either use paste or fresh

2) Method

  • 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.

3) Meal prep notes

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.

How to reheat: Reheat in the microwave for 2 minutes, or 4-5 minutes in a saucepan. Allow to thaw overnight in defrosting.

4) Serving tips

It is 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 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 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.

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Turkey Keema Recipe


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

Description

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!


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Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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

Nutrition

  • 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

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