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Turkey Pulao

Snigdha's picture
  Long grain rice 2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs) (basmati rice)
  Basmati rice 2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)
  Ground turkey meat 1 Pound, minced
  Minced turkey meat/Ground turkey meat 1 Pound (o.5 kilogram)
  Onions 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chopped
  Green peas 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Green chillies 4 , slit lengthwise
  Green chillies 4
  Paste 1 Teaspoon
  Ginger garlic paste 1 Teaspoon
  Coriander powder/Dhaniya 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Garam masala powder 1 Teaspoon
  Turmeric powder 3 Pinch
  Black pepper powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Lemon juice 1 Large
  Lemon 1 Large, juiced
  Chilly To Taste
  Salt To Taste
  Bay leaves 4
  Chili powder To Taste
  Cloves 6
  Cinnamon sticks 4 Medium
  Green cardamoms 3 , crushed
  Clarified butter 1 Teaspoon (Ghee)

Wash Basmati Rice and keep aside. Heat 1 tsp ghee is a small skillet. Add bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon sticks, green cardamoms and saute for a few seconds and add this to the Rice. Add 4 cups water and allow it to soak for 30 minutes.

Cook Rice either on stove or rice cooker.

While the Rice is cooking, heat 3 tbs oil in a deep dish. Add onions and slit green chillies and saute until onions are well-fried/turn brownish. Add minced turkey meat and mix well.

Add ginger-garlic paste, dhaniya powder, garam masala powder, turmeric powder, salt and chilly powder. Mix well.

Add Green Peas. Cover with lid and cook for 5-7 minutes/until the meat has cooked thoroughly/browned well.

Remove lid and continue cooking until the water begins to evaporate. Add black pepper powder and squeeze the juice of 1 large lemon. Add Cooked Rice and Mix until the meat blends completely with the Rice.

Serve Hot with Raita/Plain Yogurt.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Meaty, Rich
Rice, Poultry
Holiday, Everyday, Gourmet, Party
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
35 Minutes
Spicy Minced Turkey in Aromatic Long-Grain Rice

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Sunitha.Neelakantan's picture
Hi... i have not cooked turkey at home so far... but seeing ur "Yummy recipes" sounds interesting & wish to try out ..... Can u suggest me which one to buy from the stores to try out ur recipes and as well as for indian style of cooking 'coz i found different types of turkey like smoked, hams, sausages & so on.....
Snigdha's picture
Hi Sunita. I am glad you wish to try cooking turkey. Initially I was apprehensive about it but once I started cooking it, I have realized its subtle flavor and added my own twists suitable to the Indian palate. I use Minced Turkey (Jennie.O Brand - either low fat or 7% fat) easily available in the Meat Section of most Convenience Stores like Target, Krogers, Albertsons, King Soopers. I would not suggest using smoked turkey or even turkey slices which are most suitable/appropriate for sandwiches. Hope you enjoy the Turkey Pulao.
Sunitha.Neelakantan's picture
Thank you Snigdha.. shall try & let u know... :)