Recipe: Fruity Turkey Biryani

This easy recipe for a fruity turkey biryani is a quick, quick easy and delicious one pot meal for all the family to enjoy after Christmas or Thanksgiving to use up the leftover roast turkey

The Annual Turkey Curry buffet was immortalised in Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones, and I am sure that several days after Christmas or Thanksgiving many families up and down the country will be eating a turkey curry.  My version is lighter and fresher for tired taste buds and overloaded tums, and is cooked in one pot , saving on time, effort and washing up for busy mums across the country.

Change the spicing to suit your family – this version is very mild and delicate, add in a spoon of curry paste or powder to take the heat and flavour up a level.  The addition of the last remains of the cranberry sauce adds some sweetness and contrast which should appeal to younger palates, as well as finally using it up! If you have any roast vegetables left over from Christmas Day or Thanksgiving stir them in too.  I think this would also be delicious sprinkled with a few toasted cashew nuts.

Fruity Turkey Biryani

This fruity turkey biryani is a quick, quick easy and delicious one pot meal for all the family to enjoy after Christmas or Thanksgiving to use up the leftover roast turkey.

Serves 4


1 tbs vegetable oil
1 onion finely chopped
1 clove garlic – chopped
½ tsp tumeric
½ tsp garam masala
½ tsp paprika or mild chilli
4 cardamom pods
300g leftover roast turkey – cut into chunks
300g basmati rice
½ cup frozen sweetcorn
½ cup frozen peas
550ml Turkey or chicken stock (include any leftover gravy here too)
2 tbs cranberry sauce
1 handfuls baby spinach leaves

Lemon wedges to serve
Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / GM4.

Pour the oil into a flame proof casserole dish and fry the onion, garlic and spices for a few minutes until the onion is soft.   Remove from the heat.

Stir in the turkey, rice, peas and corn into the onions and spice.  Pour the stock over.

Cook in the oven for 25 minutes or until the rice has absorbed the stock.   Stir through the cranberry sauce and spinach and add a little water if the rice is slightly chalky to bite.   Return to the oven for a further 5 minutes.

Serve immediately with a squeeze of lemon.

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  1. says

    Love the look of this recipe, making me think about ordering a decent sized turkey to ensure plenty of leftovers! Really like the fact that it includes cranberry sauce too, I always seem to make too much of this.

  2. says

    Lovely recipe, Helen. I’m so hungry and would so love to eat this tonight! Will bookmark for turkey leftovers. Really loving your new site, great design and nice, clean navigation. x

  3. Lesley Bain says

    This sounds absolutely gorgeous. A turkey curry of some description is our boxing day tradition, I’m going to try this one this year I think it will be a winner in my house :) x

  4. says

    What a lovely sounding recipe! I always find curry so heavy and not that nice (may say more about my cooking) but this looks light and falvourful.
    I have eaten all my leftover turkey now, but would be a perfect monday night dinner using leftover roast.

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