Turkey Kheema with Navy Beans Ingredients
- 1 lb minced turkey
- 1 Cup of navy beans soaked overnight
- 1 cup of minced onions
- 6-8 green chilies chopped
- 5 garlic cloves minced
- 2 tbsp grated ginger
- 1/2 tbsp curry masala powder
- 1 tbsp of tomato paste
- 2 tsp of red chili powder if required
- 2 tsp of turmeric powder
- salt to taste
- 2 tsp of oil
- 1 cup of cabbage optional (I did not use it)
- seasonings: fennel seeds and cumin seeds
- Cook the navy beans till they are tender (make sure they are not overcooked)
- Heat a wide mouthed pan, add the cumin and fennel seeds ,wait for half a minute and add the onions and green chilies and saute till onions are translucent.
- Add the garlic and ginger and saute a bit more.
- Add the minced turkey and let it cook for about 5-6 minutes. Add in the cabbage if using, turmeric, masala powder and chili powder if using and continue to saute till the turkey is fully cooked.
- Add in navy beans, tomato paste and salt and continue to cook till the turkey is nice and dry like I want or if you want some moisture turn off the heat when the desired consistency is reached but make sure the turkey is completely cooked, it turns white from pink when fully cooked.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Minced Turkey (Kheema) with Navy Beans
We have a new Pope now. Not that I am a Catholic but I went to Catholic schools for 14 years. I remember Pope John Paul visiting India and Chennai in particular. We got a day off so the nuns could go and see him perhaps. Who knew in a such a short time we would see 2 popes being elected. Hope the new pope will bring much needed reform and common sense to the Church which it badly needs. Onto the recipe, I rarely cook non-veg during the week because of rules like I won't take it for lunch from who else? DH. But having some minced turkey on hand is a life saver during the week. It is fast to cook and goes well with rice, chapathis or bread and the next day they become snack or these stuffed rolls for the kids lunch boxes. I add some beans - kidney beans, navy beans or black eyed peas work great in this. If you are like DH again and you like the kheema to have some moisture follow my aunt's trick and add some finely chopped cabbage while cooking the turkey.