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curry with butternut squash and turkey pieces in a pot

Creamy Turkey Curry with Coconut Milk

Creamy turkey curry with coconut milk and butternut squash or pumpkin, you will love this recipe.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 539kcal
Author Adina


  • 1.7 lb lb butternut squash 750 g, Note
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1.5 lb turkey breast 700 g
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 dried chili
  • 1 piece of ginger about the size of a walnut
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 cup chicken stock 250 ml
  • 1 can coconut milk 400 g/ 14 oz
  • 1 bunch of green onions
  • fresh coriander
  • fine sea salt and pepper


  • Prepare pumpkin: Peel the squash (if using Hokkaido, there is no need to peel). Grate about 200 g/7 oz of the squash or pumpkin. Cube the rest of it.
  • Cut the turkey breast into cubes. Both pumpkin and turkey cubes should have a similar size, but keep them separated.
  • Prepare vegetables: Grate the garlic cloves, chili and ginger, cut the red bell peppers into small cubes and chop the green onions.
  • Fry meat: Heat the oil in a large pan. Fry the turkey breast cubes in several batches. Don't overcrowd the pan; otherwise, the meat will cook in its liquid instead of being fried.
  • Saute: Place all the meat back in the pan, add salt, garlic, ginger, chili, and turmeric and let cook for about 2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Simmer: Add the grated and cubed pumpkin or squash, peppers, chicken stock, and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, and let cook for about 15 minutes or until the pumpkin cubes and the meat are tender.
  • Add the chopped green onions and let cook for another 2 minutes. Adjust the taste with salt and pepper and scatter the coriander over the dish.
  • Serve hot with rice


Or Hokkaido pumpkin (no need to peel) or another very flavorful pumpkin sort.


Serving: 1/6 of the dish | Calories: 539kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 627mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g