Thursday, April 15, 2010

Kaeng Massaman Gai Ngwong แกงมัสมั่นไก่งวง Massaman Turkey Curry

I bought a whole turkey leg without knowing what I would do with it. Not the most popular poultry/meat in Australia, it is safe to say most people would only have turkey once a year during Christmas. After using part it for a beautiful soup which I will post later, I decided to use the balance to make a massaman curry.

This stew like aromatic curry is heavily influenced by Indian cooking and it is often serve with archart  - a refreshing cucumber relish. Beef is the preferred choice of meat for this dish but I think turkey (leg meat) works really well. I will certainly get another turkey leg soon!

P.S Not a bad dish to celebrate the last day of Songkran (Thai new year)

serves 4 to 6 as part of a Thai meal
you'll need;
1 kg of turkey meat or any meat of your choice
150 ml of coconut cream
400 ml of coconut milk
4 tbs of homemade or shop bought massaman curry paste
3 potatoes, cubed
1 large onion, cubed
10 shallots, roasted then peeled
3 bay leaves
3 tbs of tamarind paste
3 tbs of palm sugar
fish sauce to taste

Brown turkey pieces in batches.

Heat coconut cream til oil separates from the milk (cracking the coconut) then add in the curry paste and continue to fry for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add turkey pieces, bay leaves and coconut milk, simmer for an hour.

Add potatoes and cook til tender, season with palm sugar and fish sauce.

Serve as part of a Thai meal, add roasted shallots just before serving.

Achart  - a refreshing cucumber relish goes perfectly with this rich aromatic curry.


  1. Turkey meat is rarely used in Japan too, but learnt it goes well with the spicy curry, thank you :) Lak ahaan Thai ka!

  2. hi are you? makcik tak pernah makan daging ayam belanda..macamna rasanya ya?

  3. I wish I can eat yor cooking one day. Let me share a secret, whenever I'm stressed out at work I will read your blog (and Cik Manggis's)...i feel better after drooling! lol! Nice one, will definitely try soon!

  4. Happy songkran! What a great idea to use turkey meat for this dish. I have never cooked turkey before and it is good to know it works well in curries.

  5. ไม่เคยกินไก่งวงก่อน อร่อยหา

  6. This is getting me in the mood for Thai food. I didn't realise it was Thai New Year so I'm doubly looking forward to my Thai dinner this Sat!

  7. I see I'm not the only giving Thailand a tribute.. or did I make you hunger for it? Lols

  8. hiiiii!! great to see your foodie blog tonight! i just past a thai restaurant and boy i wanted to eat some of that tonight lol but i had rice and vege at home.

    this sounds very good for a cooler nights like we are having now!

  9. Whoa, how big was that turkey leg ;P I like getting turkey mince sometimes, it has a bit more "oomph" than chicken. Next time I'll try to get some meat and make this curry because it looks so good.

  10. Wow, you gals do really know how to enjoy LOL! Turkey curry....yummm.....

  11. Hey,
    Happy Thai New Year. Didn't know that Thai and Tamil New Year would fall during the same time period. How many days do you celebrate the New Year anyway?
    Love the Turkey Curry in coconut milk.

  12. the lacquer spoon,
    Yeah it actually works really well with curry :) I dont think it is that popular outside of America.

    cikmanggis ,
    Saya sihat dan baik makcik., terima kasih. Rasanya seperti ayam :)

    haha I will cook for you one day when you visit. Cikmanggis is great :)

    rosa ,
    Thank you very much! It is such an under rated meat in this country.

    muu :) ,
    ขอบคุณ คุณต้องพยายามจะอร่อยมาก

    Mr Noodles ,
    Enjoy your Thai meal over the weekend. The new year ends today but most people celebrate all week.

    msihua ,
    haha being part Thai I need to have some Thai food over Songkra :)

    Thank you! Does it get much cooler up your way?

    It is about 2.5kg :) I used the drumstick for soup and boned the rest and got about 1 kg. Try if you can, it is really tasty.

    My Little Space,
    Kristy there are no girls here lol :)

    Cool Lassi(e),
    Oh it is the same celebration, "astrological passage" it lasted 3 days 13th to 15th of April :)
    Thank you very much!

  13. I actually eat turkey year round - these days we put a whole one on the grill! This is utterly scrumptious - I even smelled the cucumber side. Never met a curry I didn't like.

  14. Wow turkey curry! This is the first for me. I have only eaten turkey once, strange considering we eat basically anything in Malaysia lol
    The curry looks good!

  15. I am one of those Australian that eats turkey only once a year or less. Never thought of turkey curry before but it sure looks good!

  16. Turkey curry I want to try. Must be delicious!

  17. never made turkey curry. must be delicious

  18. 火雞咖哩,很有新鮮感呀!

  19. Claudia ,
    Thank you! I am going to start eating more turkey. It must take forever to cook a turkey over the grill.

    KL girl in MELB ,
    First time for me too! lol
    You are so right about Malaysian eating almost everything!

    CW ,
    Haha! This is my first time handling turkey, I'll be using it more in my cooking.

    Pham ,
    Thank you! It is delicious!

    Thank you! Give it a try!

    Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover),
    Thank you!

    大肥 ,

  20. This looks amazing! We don't use turkey that much here except around holidays, minced turkey and turkey sandwiches, oh and the smoked turkey legs at Disney! I was the same way never wanting to buy a turkey leg, don't know what to do with it. Now I'm want to get one to try this hearty stew!!!

  21. Happy Songkran darling! We are finally back home, too much to tell will call over the weekend. Turkey curry looks good and sounds really cool!

    Sophia and Vijay xxx

  22. massaman turkey not tried before. What brand of massaman paste do you use?

  23. Only know how to make leftover turkey in sandwiches and porridge. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  24. I love turkey! I don't think I've ever seen it in a curry before, good job.

  25. Your curry looks and sounds wonderful and I'm sure it is delicious. What really caught my eye, however, is that glorious green relish. That could refresh the most tired palate. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  26. Curry...any time for me. I love your turkey curry. I like to use turkey to cook curry too cos it can stand boiling and taste very deliciosu too.

  27. Never tried turkey curry before, in fact, very rarely eat turkey. Ooops didn't know there are no females in 3 hungry tummies! Wow, you guys are real chefs!

  28. Happy sure looks like a festive dish

  29. Lovely massaman curry and the cucumber relish looks like a perfect combination with it.

  30. J'aime beaucoup ce genre de plat.
    J'en aurai mangé avec plaisir.
    A bientôt.

  31. This looks delicious. I'll have to look for that curry paste when I go to the city.

  32. ooopss lupa nak ucapkan Happy songran Tummy...yang simbah-simbah air tu kan?

  33. Very seldom do we eat turkey around here either except in cold cut sandwiches....I made a stew similar to this once...with chicken and green curry paste from a jar, but this looks much better.

  34. Turkey curry is a first for me, looks good! :)

  35. I would order this anytime! Have never cooked turkey before, looking forward to your other turkey recipes :)

  36. Lyndsey ,
    Thank you! This is such a good surprise to me too, I can wait to try it in other winter stews.

    Vijay + Sophia ,
    Thanks darling! Can't wait! xxx

    penny aka jeroxie ,
    My first time too lol I normally use mae ploy or mae sri, the latter is better.

    Anncoo ,
    Thank you! I think it can be used the same way as any red meat.

    Haha me neither

    Mary ,
    Thank you! That relish is essential for such a rich curry, i'm glad you like it.

    MaryMoh ,
    You are so right about turkey meat, I think this is going to be a new favourite.

    Thank you!

    Haha most people still think I am a mother lol

    Thank you! It is quite festive :)

    sangeeta ,
    Thank you very much!

    Nadjibella ,
    Merci beaocoup!

    Thank you very much!

    All Our Fingers in the Pie ,
    Thank you! Hope you will find some

    makcikmanggis ,
    Terima kasih makcik! Yeah yang simbah-simbah air tu lah haha.

    Bo ,
    Thank you! I used paste from a jar too, remember to crack the coconut cream first it makes a huge difference.

    Same, thank you!

    darren ,
    Haha thank you!

  37. Oh turkey with curry, this is truly original and looks really good!! Happy songkran!

  38. Looks and sounds great!
    I like curry, and this salad looks refreshing!
    Betty xx


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