Christmas Leftovers: Turkey Pilaf

If you’re hosting Christmas this year, this could be just what you need for Boxing day whether you’re planning a buffet for 10 or a quiet hot meal for 2. The flavours in this dish are simple but delicious and I think this is a credible alternative to turkey curry. This would work well with any poultry so why not try it with whatever left overs you have – duck, goose or even just chicken?  

Ingredients (for two):

  •  25g butter
  • 1 onion, diced finely
  • 1 handful of shredded leftover turkey
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp mild curry powder
  • 100g frozen peas
  • 150g basmati or white long grain rice
  • 300g chicken stock
  • Optional: small bunch of roughly chopped coriander
  • Heat the butter in a large pan and fry the cumin seeds for a few mins until aromatic and golden. 
  • Add the onion and fry on a medium heat until soft and golden.  
  • Season, add the turkey and curry powder and give it a quick stir. 
  • Add the rice, peas and stock. Bring to the boil then immediately turn the heat down as low as it can be and put the lid on. 
  • Resist stirring! 
  • Cook for around 12-15 minutes until the stock has all absorbed and the rice is cooked. 
  • Serve in bowls and sprinkle with coriander.




*Check out my old Tala measuring jug – it was my mums when she was a student and I’ve had it since I was one. Its old and battered but I love it!  They still sell them today, check out John Lewis range. 

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  1. 7th December 2012 / 10:47 am

    Yum yum! Can I have some next time I'm over?! xx

  2. 7th December 2012 / 12:54 pm

    Thanks Annie Bean, yes its really tasty – anyway, firstly we have to plan our Spicentice cookoff! Then you can have Turkey Pilaf 🙂

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