Christmas curry

Christmas curry
Serves: 6-8

We are re-launching our fabulous turkey curry for another brief Christmas season. It really is the perfect way to use up not only all the turkey but also the cranberry or redcurrant sauce and the veggies not used in the bubble and squeak. Make sure you have some 'secret sauce' in the freezer to make life a little less stressful over that glorious but exhausting festive season! NB also gorgeous with lamb! 

Ingredients: cumin seeds, paprika, turmeric, salt, garam masala (includes coriander seeds,cardamom, cloves, fenugreek seeds, poppy seeds, yellow mustard seeds, ginger),nigella seeds, chillies, cinnamon, curry leaves, cayenne Allergy advice: for allergens, see items in bold


  • 1 carton Christmas curry spice blend
  • 300ml/1/2 pint 'secret sauce'
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cans chopped tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp cranberry sauce or redcurrant jelly
  • Juice of a lime or lemon
  • Leftover cooked turkey meat, cut into bite-sized pieces (or sliced is fine!)
  • Leftover vegetables such as peas, broccoli or french beans
  • handful fresh coriander, to serve (if you have any in the fridge; otherwise don't worry!)


  1. Heat the oil in a heavy pan and fry the spices until fragrant.
  2. Add  the 'secret sauce' and the tomatoes and bring to the boil, then simmer.
  3. Add a couple of tbsp of the cranberry/redcurrant sauce and stir in until melted. Add the rest to taste, depending how sweet it is.
  4. Add lemon or lime juice to taste.
  5. Roughly chop the meat and add to the hot sauce, warming through for about 10 minutes, together with any leftover vegetables you have lurking in the fridge!
  6. Serve with rice or flat bread, and scattered with fresh coriander.

Cook's Notes

  • This makes a lot of sauce, so you can put a third aside to make coronation turkey, bitspicy-style! Add a couple of tbsp of anything creamy to the cold sauce - cream, yoghurt, creme fraiche or mayonnaise - adding a little more lemon or lime to taste. Coat the cold meat with the mixture and leave so that the flavours mingle. Serve with bubble and squeak!
  • Alternatively stir cream or yoghurt into the hot sauce to make something like tikka masala. This obviously makes it very mild for a true family meal!
  • Use to make a delicious lamb curry, using half the sauce and 700g diced lamb. Add cranberry sauce or redcurrant jelly to taste. 
  • You may prefer to make the sauce on Christmas Eve to get it out of the way!

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