Oma’s curry turkey

Oma's curry turkeyA tasty turkey dish with hints of spice and sweetness.  Need a leftover turkey recipe that doesn’t taste like last nights turkey dinner?  This is it.  It will knock your socks off.  And then you will find yourself looking for excuses to have turkey dinner just to make this for left overs.  Your hockey team won?  Turkey dinner!  Your flowers bloomed?  Turkey dinner! It’s mother’s day?  Turkey dinner!  This recipe comes from my mother and even though we didn’t have turkey dinner to celebrate, I wish we had, so she could whip this dish up with the leftovers.  I can make it myself, and you can too now, but everything tastes better at mom’s house!

My mom’s heart and home is always open for people.  She is one of the most hospitable people I know.  Most people in our church have been over for coffee and a slice of pie.  Most of the kids in the high school when me and my siblings were young, have been over for spaghetti and a sleep over and she can always whip something together without making you feel like you are a burden.

Her heart is big and so is her pantry.  She shows her love through food.  If you are down, she’ll bake you muffins.  Stressed out, stay for soup.  Feeling lonely, come for dinner. She cooks for the local soup kitchen, bakes for Seniors club at  church and always has a pot or two of something down in second fridge.

Her food is delicious because she cooks with love.  She is kind, caring and quick to give a hand.  She has been a patient and loving mom to me, a fabulous mother-in-law to my yobo and is a wonderful Oma to my children. We all adore her! So on this mother’s day, I give you, her curry turkey recipe.  Cook up a turkey, make this for leftovers, and you too can taste my mom’s love.


Oma’s curry turkey

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Yield: 8 servings


  • 6 cups cooked turkey pieces
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1.5 tbsp curry powder
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp dill seed
  • 2 sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 5 cups coconut milk


  1. Mix ingredients together and cook on low for 2-3 hours.
  2. Remove the bay leaves and the whole cloves
  3. Serve over hot rice and enjoy!


Turkey can be substituted with chicken. Optional toppings include cashews and lime juice.