Turkey Colombo With Coconut Milk: A Tasty Recipe

Have you ever used the spice mixture called colombo? This condiment, typical of West Indian cuisine, is milder than curry because it is mostly composed of cumin. It will allow you to put a touch of exoticism in your menus by preparing for example a delicious turkey colombo with coconut milk. Here are the steps of this recipe in pictures.


Here are the ingredients needed to make a turkey colombo with coconut milk for 4 people:

500 g of turkey stir-fry
1 onion
1 clove of garlic
2 tomatoes or 2 to 3 tablespoons tomato pulp
2 teaspoons colombo spices
20 cl of coconut milk
2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil

To note: Colombo is a blend of spices whose composition varies according to brands and geographical areas. The name refers to different spice blends in the West Indies, Sri Lanka and South India.

In the West Indies, colombo powder is usually composed of cumin, turmeric, sweet paprika, coriander, fenugreek, ginger, pepper, cardamom, star anise, mustard seed and nutmeg.

This mixture is sometimes called 'West Indian curry' because it is a mixture invented by Indian indentured servicemen on their arrival in the West Indies, to make an ersatz curry from local spices.

Preparation of the meat

1- Heat a casserole dish or large frying pan over high heat.

2- Pour in 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

3- Brown the turkey pieces over high heat until the meat is browned on all sides.

4- Season with salt and a teaspoon of colombo spices.

5- Remove the meat from the pot and set aside in a dish for the rest of the turkey colombo with coconut milk recipe.

Preparation of the colombo

1- Peel the garlic and onion, then chop them together in a small blender.

2- When in season, you can use fresh tomatoes by dicing them. If you can't find ripe tomatoes in season, simply use tomato pulp.

3- In the casserole that was used to brown the meat, add a tablespoon of olive oil if needed, then brown the chopped garlic and onion. Season with a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of colombo spices and mix well.

4- When the garlic and onion are soft, add the diced tomatoes or tomato pulp. Lower the heat and add the coconut milk.

5- Return the turkey pieces to the pot and simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes.

Tasting advice

Just before serving, sprinkle chopped parsley over the coconut milk turkey colombo.

Serve this dish piping hot with Creole rice or simple basmati rice.

Author: Audrey
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In French: Le colombo de dinde au lait de coco : une recette savoureuse
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