Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Turkey curry (vaan Kozhli kulambu)

Main Ingredient:
Turkey thighs - 2 lb

To temper:
Onion - 1 (big)
curry leaf - 1 brig
cilantro , mint leaf - a handful
tomato - 2
fennel seeds - 1 tsp

To grind :
Paste 1.
fresh / dry Ginger - 2 inch
garlic - 4 pods

Paste 2.
shredded coconut - 2 tbsp
poppy seeds - 1 tsp
cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
cinnamon - 1 inch
cardamom - 2
cloves - 4
fennel seeds - 1 tsp
black pepper - 1 tsp

chilly powder - 1tsp
coriander powder - 2 tbsp
turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp


Step 1:
Choose Turkey thighs for making a kulambu / gravy. Drumsticks and boneless meat do not taste that good for this preparation.
Wash and clean the turkey . Chop it into big chunks. If possible break the bone into two, so that the curry becomes more soupy.
Place it in a pressure pan.Add water just to immerse the meat.
Add turmeric powder, chilly powder and coriander powder.
Pressure cook it for 1 whistle, then reduce flame and keep it in low flame for 5 minutes.

Step 2:
Remove the skin of ginger and garlic and grind them to a fine paste.
(If dry ginger is used, soak it 1 for hour before grinding.) Keep aside.
Separately grind the other items given to grind in 2. keep aside.

Step 3:
Heat oil in a wok. Add fennel seeds. After it becomes red, add the chopped onion and fry well till it becomes golden brown.
Then add the chopped tomatoes and cook till it becomes mushy.
Now add the ginger garlic paste and fry well.
Then add the cooked turkey pieces along with its soup (water added becomes a soupy liquid).

Step 4:
Now add the Paste 2. Add all the powders mentioned above.
Let it boil till the raw smell vanishes. Check for salt and turn off heat.

Serving suggestions:

Serve hot with roti, chapathi or cooked rice.


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Nandinis food said...

Gravy looks yummy! I dont eat turkey but the preparation is similar to mutton kurma! sweet memories is sweet!

gtyuk said...

nice anecdote of grandpa advocate and the history of this delicious turkey curry; it's nice reading you;
I love eating non-veg curries with breads, my children say "we're going to do "thottu thottu" (dip in ) for this dish".. they love eating this way!
and the curry looks thick and yummy !

FH said...

That's looks so good, great for using leftover Turkey after Thanksgiving! :))

Priya Suresh said...

Yummy dish, yea tuticorin macaroons r quite famous na..Curry looks gorgeous..

Deepa Hari said...

Curry looks great Viki....your recipe is similar to ours...we make chicken/mutton kurma this way...never tried with turkey.

Cham said...

Wherever foreign immigrant landed, i guess they did it. We get some fresh French bread (baguette) in my hometown. We like to dip the baguette with chicken kuzhambu or mutton kuzhanbu.
Lovely Vaan kozhi kuzhambu and story too.

Poornima Nair said...

Lovely post Vicky...the curry looks awesome, very tempting. I love to have non veg curries with bread and do so whenever i'm lazy to make rotis.

Varsha Vipins said...

I havent ever tasted Turkey..but this looks yum Viki..Nice to read all the histories..:)

Sum Raj said...

hi viki..thanks for dropping by...u have wonderful recipes..and ur kulambu looks great..i dont eat turkey but can try with chicken :)

Kayal said...

The curry looks so yummy and tasty.

Shama Nagarajan said...

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Anonymous said...

This is new to me..drooling smelling spicy turkey

Finla said...

I lo love curries like these with whie bread, the thought makes me drool.
You curry looks so yummy delicious.

Premyscakes said...

Even i dont eat turkey, but looks too good. i hope i can substitute with any other meat.

Yasmeen said...

You sure must miss the beautiful student city,its local delicacy , turkey curry with bread looks so appetizing:)

Malar Gandhi said...

Vaan Kozhi korma romba premaadham. The picture looks great and inviting. Nice anecdote about grandpa! Yeah british used our curry for their bread...when they left India took our recipe and popularied around the globe...Even now in England...they serve meat gravies to go the top of their breads...

Lavanya Siva said...

hi turkey curry is something which i have never tried. It looks delicious, will try it soon and let you know........

John Terry said...

Hi.. I've been in Tirunelveli for more than 20 years... But I didn't know all these information... Today I'm gonna try this recepie... Hope I'll enjoy the taste..

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