Turkey Dhansak

Check out this fantastic recipe for Turkey Dhansak from blogger Gourmet Mum. A perfect family meal.

  • Serves: 4
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Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the onions for around 5-6 minutes until soft.

Add the chilli, garlic, ginger and ground spices. Fry for another minute until fragrant.

Add the turkey thigh and stir fry until the turkey has browned all over.

Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, stock, lentils, salt and sugar. Give everything a good stir and bring to the boil. Taste to check seasoning, and add more chilli, salt or sugar to taste if necessary.

Reduce the heat and simmer gently, with a lid on the pan, for around 45 minutes stirring occasionally to avoid the dhansak catching at the bottom. The lentils will soak up the liquid and become thick and dark orange.

Serve the turkey dhansak with basmati rice or naan bread topped with fresh coriander if desired.


  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 onions, peeled and diced
  • 2 finely chopped red chillies / 2 tsp hot chilli powder (or to taste)
  • 5-6 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger / 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 600g diced turkey thigh
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 500ml hot chicken stock
  • 200g red lentils, rinsed very well
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)

To serve:

  • Basmati rice or naan
  • Fresh coriander to garnish (optional)
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Nutritional values per portion

Energy 440Kcals
Protein 50.2g
Total Fat 18.4g
Saturated Fat 4.1g
Carbs 15.1g
Sugars 7.5g
Salt 2.8g
Fibre 1.6g