Turkey and banana curry
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Ingredients (Serves 4)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 fresh birds eye chillies, deseeded and chopped
- 1 tsp coriander seeds
- 2 tsp tamarind paste
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- 2 garlic cloves, bruised
- 1 small knob root ginger, peeled and chopped
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil, for frying
- 500g diced turkey
- 400ml low fat coconut milk
- 150ml chicken or turkey stock
- 3 firm bananas, peeled and diced
- 250g fresh spinach, chopped
- 1 bunch fresh coriander, chopped
- 50g whole peeled almonds
Place the chopped onion, chillies, coriander seeds, tamarind, sugar, ginger and one clove of garlic into a blender or food processor and blend into a paste.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan and brown the turkey, in batches if necessary, with the remaining garlic clove. Remove the turkey from the pan and discard the garlic.
In the same pan, cook the blended paste for a few minutes then return the turkey to the pan and add the coconut milk, stock and bananas.
Cook gently for 20 minutes until the turkey has cooked through and the sauce has thickened.
Finally, stir in the spinach, fresh coriander and almonds, and warm through.
Remove from the heat and serve.