There are some things in life you need to do once. Roasting a turkey is definitely one of them :)
And that's exactly what we did.
I have never cooked a whole chicken (poussin exempted), leave alone a 5kg turkey. So when Asda asked if I would like to review a Turkey from their Butchers selection, I was a bit sceptical, but the husband was 100 percent confident he could handle it and so I said yes, why not! I decided to give him full responsibility of handling and cooking the turkey and I must say he did a really good job.
We did some research and decided to do a turkey roast- Indian style and boy are we glad we did so. Most of the turkey roasts I've had are bland, but doing an Indian prep took care of that. The marinade was a basic chilli powder, lime juice, salt, pepper, ginger-garlic paste one and Ro made sure he got the marinade under the skin all throughout the turkey. He also put some onions, lemon wedges, bay leaves, garlic pods and carrots into the cavity for the flavours to catch on. He then nicely doused olive oil over the bird and rubbed it in, followed by seasoning generously with salt and pepper. The cooking method we followed was from here and we managed to get a golden, crispy roast turkey, but the last 10 minutes of cooking on high heat somehow burnt it a wee bit, but no complaints there as we loved the flavours.
We were only a few of us for lunch when we did the roast turkey and so had tonnes left over. After packing off some to friends and relatives, the remaining batch was divided into two. One went into the freezer for future use, and I made this turkey and chickpea pilaf with the remaining. This is a very quick lunch preparation if you have all the ingredients at home and can actually be a one pot meal if you are not obsessed with precooking the onions before hand. Either ways, we loved it. I am hooked on to cooking rice in the microwave now and cant think of doing it any other way. Try this easy peacy pilaf with your left over Chritstmas turkey, and you wont be disappointed..seriously!!!
Recipe adapted from here
Onion- 1 small, finely chopped
Garlic- 1 tbsp, finely chopped
Ginger- 1 tbsp, finely chopped
Green chilli- 1, slit
Curry paste- 1 heaped tbsp (I used Sharwoods korma paste)
Chickpeas- 150gms (from a 400gm can. Drain and use 150 gms)
Turkey- 150 gms, shreddedBasmati rice- 1 cup, washed and soaked in cold water for 15 minutes
Stock*- 2 1/4 cups (I used chicken stock, feel free to use vegetable stock as well)
Lime juice- from half a line
Coriander leaves- to garnish
Salt- to taste
Heat the oil in a large frying pan and saute the onions till they turn light brown.
Add the garlic, ginger and green chilli and continue frying for 2 to 3 minutes till their raw smell disappears.
Add the curry paste and cook for a further 1 minute.
In goes the chickpeas and shredded turkey. Saute till all the masala gets coated well.
Drain the rice and add to the pan, fry for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring continuously.
Add salt (remember, the stock will have enough salt, so add accordingly), give a final stir and transfer the mix into a microwave safe bowl.
Pour in the stock and lemon juice, give a stir and place in the microwave.
Cook on high (700W) for 15 minutes.
Once done, check if all the water has been absorbed and then cover and leave aside for 10 minutes.
Fluff well using a fork and garnish with coriander leaves just before serving.
Make a meal of it with a side of yoghurt, pickle and poppadoms.
Notes: Replace the turkey with shredded chicken
I use a stock cube. I dilute it in the required amount of boiling water and use that.
If you don't have curry paste, then use a meat masala or curry powder in its place.
With thanks to Asda for the turkey and gift voucher.