Turkey Jungle Curry with Sticky Coconut Rice

A great tasting curry recipe using Turkey Thigh - Follow our step by step guide for a healthier spin on the usual popular cuisine.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time : 1 hour 15 minutes

Ready in: 1 hour 35 minutes

Serves: 4



  • 1½ teaspoon shrimp paste
  • 4 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 2 shallots  (chopped)
  • 30g fresh root ginger (chopped)
  • 3 red chillies (chopped)
  • ½ tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3-4 tablespoons of curry paste (see above)
  • 1 Turkey Thigh Diced, Skinless
  • 1½ tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar
  • 3 tablespoon Shaoxing rice wine
  • 1 tin coconut milk
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 lemongrass stalk (chopped)
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves (chopped)
  • 100g green beans
  • 60g mangetout (sliced)
  • 100g beansprouts
  • 1 pak choi (chopped)
  • 3 sprigs Thai basil leaves
  • 4 sprigs mint leaves

Coconut Rice

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 200g Raw basmati rice
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • 600ml coconut

Step 1

For the paste, place all of the ingredients into a food processer and blitz until smooth.

Step 2

In a heavy based saucepan, add your oil over a medium high heat and fry off your paste for 4 minutes to cook out the raw flavours. Next add your diced turkey thigh and cook for a further 6-8 minutes to lock in your moisture. Add your coconut milk, fish sauce, palm sugar, rice wine along with the star anise, lemongrass, lime leaf and reduce your heat.

Step 3

Cook your curry for 45-50 minutes on a low heat stirring occasionally.

Step 4

Meanwhile, add your basmati rice to another saucepan with all of the coconut rice ingredients, bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a low flame, cook for 12 minutes and drain. Once drained place the lid over and allow to sit.

Step 5

While your rice is resting, add all of the vegetables including the herbs to the curry. Cook for 5 more minutes keeping the vegetables nice and crisp.

Step 6

Serve your curry over your rice.

Optional Serving Suggestion

Sprinkle with some chopped peanuts, Lime Wedges and picked coriander. For some more heat add a few rings of Red Chilli slices.

Do you want to know why Turkey is such a great protein to incorporate into your daily diet?

Turkey is one of those tasty meats, positively good for the whole family containing essential nutrients! It’s also very versatile and great value for money. It’s one of the healthiest meats you can buy, low in fat and calories yet high in protein, an ideal addition to any healthy balanced diet and lifestyle.

Turkey breast meat is especially low in fat and high in protein which is why its so good for us. It is particularly low in saturated fat with less than 1g of saturated fat per 100g portion. In comparison beef has 6g of saturated fat per 100g and lamb has a whopping 9g of saturated fat per 100g. It is also lower in calories per portion (100g) compared with other meats.

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