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Indian-spiced marinated turkey with two chutneys

The marinade and chutneys all benefit from being prepared ahead, giving the spicy flavours time to get to know each other - serve the turkey with a bed of rice and yoghurt so you can bring down the heat.

By Alice Storey
  • 1 hr 45 mins preparation
  • 2 hrs 35 mins cooking plus marinating, resting
  • Serves 8 - 10
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The marinade and chutneys all benefit from being prepared ahead, giving the spicy flavours time to get to know each other. Both chutneys can be made up to a week ahead; the mango one is inspired by a Dan Lepard recipe. Start a day ahead to marinate the turkey, then all you need to do on the day is pop it in the oven. And if you really want to get ahead, cook it the day before and serve it at room temperature.


  • 8 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 30 gm ginger, finely grated
  • 1½ tbsp tomato purée
  • ½ tbsp grated turmeric
  • 2 long red chillies, seeds removed (optional), coarsely chopped
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 140 gm Greek-style yoghurt (½ cup)
  • Finely grated rind and juice of 2 limes, plus 1 lime halved, and extra wedges, to serve
  • 1 turkey (about 4.5kg)
  • 50 gm coriander (about ½ bunch)
  • 60 gm softened butter
  • Thinly sliced cucumber, coriander, Greek-style yoghurt and steamed rice (optional), to serve
Tomato and tamarind chutney
  • 3 long red chillies
  • 2 vine-ripened tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp seedless tamarind pulp
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 10 gm piece of ginger, finely grated
  • 2 red shallots, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp grated dark palm sugar
  • Juice of 1 lime
Mango chutney
  • 150 ml apple cider vinegar
  • 1 salad onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely crushed
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp brown mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 large mangoes, peeled, coarsely chopped
  • 75 gm caster sugar


  • 1
    For tomato and tamarind chutney, grill chillies and tomatoes on a barbecue or in a char-grill pan over medium heat until charred all over (8-10 minutes). Place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and leave to steam for 30 minutes. Peel chillies and tomatoes, and remove seeds, then process in a small food processor with remaining ingredients until smooth, season to taste and cool. Refrigerate in an airtight container until required. This chutney can be made a week ahead.
  • 2
    For mango chutney, simmer vinegar, onion, garlic, spices and ½ tsp salt in a small saucepan, stirring occasionally, until vinegar is almost evaporated (3-4 minutes). Add mango, cook until starting to soften, then add sugar and simmer, stirring often, until mango is tender (5-6 minutes). Season to taste, cool, then refrigerate in an airtight container. This chutney can be made a week ahead.
  • 3
    Process garlic, ginger, tomato purée, turmeric and chilli in a small food processor to a smooth paste. Add spices, yoghurt, lime rind and juice, process to combine and season to taste. Spread paste over turkey, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight for flavours to develop.
  • 4
    Preheat oven to 180C and bring turkey to room temperature. Stuff cavity with lime halves and coriander, dot turkey with butter, place in a roasting pan and roast uncovered for 30 minutes. Cover with foil and roast, basting occasionally, for 1 hour. Remove foil and roast until skin is golden and internal temperature reads 70C on a meat thermometer (30-45 minutes). Loosely cover with foil and rest for at least 30 minutes.
  • 5
    Serve turkey hot with chutneys, lime wedges, cucumber, coriander, yoghurt and steamed rice.


Drink Suggestion: Fresh, spicy young grenache. Drink suggestion by Max Allen