Culture & Lifestyle / DIY Healthy Turkey Keema Masala Recipe

DIY Healthy Turkey Keema Masala Recipe

Culture & Lifestyle Feb 24, 2017

This healthy turkey keema masala recipe gets some lean meat into your healthy eating regimen without losing the masala taste.

I strongly believe in food that not only nourishes the body but also the soul. I am on a mission to create meals that are healthy and delicious even when it comes to Indian food. Below is one of my favourite weeknight go-to meals. I have replaced the traditional keema recipe with turkey. (That’s right turkey!)  Turkey is lean and full of protein and healthy fats.

Healthy and delicious, this turkey keema masala recipe can be eaten with brown rice, whole wheat tortillas, spelt roti or a simple garden salad.


Turkey is healthy for you and perfect for this turkey keema masala recipe.
Turkey is a healthy white meat option for your turkey keema masala recipe. Photo Credit:


For the turkey:

2 tablespoons oil

3 green chilies, slit in half

1 onion, finely chopped

1 teaspoon crushed black pepper

2 teaspoons garam masala

1 pound ground lean turkey

2 teaspoons coriander powder

Red chili powder, to taste

1/4 teaspoon green cardamom powder

For the masala:

1 tablespoon ginger, grated

4-5 garlic cloves, minced

1 green chili, chopped small

1 onion, finely chopped

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

Red chili powder, to taste (omit if you don’t want it to be too spicy)

1 teaspoon coriander powder

1/4 cup water

2 tomato, chopped

1/2 onion, quartered

A handful of chopped coriander leaves


Turkey Keema Masala Recipe. Photo Credit: Pooja Rao
Turkey Keema Masala Recipe. Photo Credit: Pooja Rao


  1. Heat the oil in a pan.
  2. Sauté slit green chilies for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add chopped onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes until soft.
  4. Add crushed black pepper, mix and sauté until onion is browned lightly.
  5. Add garam masala and minced turkey and mix well to incorporate everything. Cook for about 5 minutes.
  6. Add coriander powder, red chili powder and cook for about 10-15 minutes or until the meat is browned and cooked through.
  7. Add the cardamom powder and mix. Set aside or on low heat.

How To Make The Masala

  1. In a pan, heat the oil and add ginger, garlic and green chili and sauté for 1 minute.
  2. Add onion and sauté until brown.
  3. Add turmeric powder, red chili powder and coriander powder and mix.
  4. Add ¼ cup of water and coriander leaves and mix well.
  5. Add tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are soft.
  6. Add the quartered onion and sauté the mixture for 5 minutes.
  7. Now add this mixture to the turkey and add ½ cup of water and cook until the water is evaporated.
  8. You can add more coriander leaves at this point for colour.
  9. All done! Time to eat!


Main Image Photo Credit: Pooja Rao 




Pooja Rao

Pooja Rao


A self-taught home-cook with a passion for what cooking really stands for…Pooja believes that food really feeds the soul not just the stomach. Realtor by profession but a foodie at heart, Pooja’s love for food earned her a spot as one of the Top100 on MasterChef Canada.  Follow h...


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