A beautifully Indian spiced turkey recipe to give your Christmas day dinner the zing it needs!

Spiced Indian Turkey

I was challenged by Oven Pride, the UK’s number 1 oven cleaner to create and cook a traditional Christmas dinner but with a twist…


I believe there are a lot of people who don’t care that much for turkey on Christmas but tradition goes that it’s the most popular meat to eat on Christmas day. But have you ever thought of spicing things up a bit? Adding a few herbs and spices can make all the difference, however not be too drastic that everyone will get confused about which day it is.

That’s where my wonderful Indian spiced turkey recipe comes in.

Indian Spiced Turkey

Don’t be afraid to play around with the spices, you could add ginger if that’s your thing, you could even add cinnamon. It will just give the turkey a lovely flavoursome skin and a hint of spice, this recipe is not drastic it is very subtle. Adjust the chillies to heat preference, I used a whole medium sized red chilli in this recipe, and I took most of the seeds out, however it could definitely have taken another chilli in the mix. Obviously chilli heats vary so do what suits you and your family and the people you are cooking for.

Indian Spiced Turkey recipe

To accompany the Indian spiced turkey (okay, the beady eyed ones among you will notice it’s really a chicken but turkey is ‘sacred’ here…only for Christmas & Easter, but fear not I have allowed more than enough marinade for a very large turkey) I made some rustic roast potatoes. I kept the skins on as they make for lovely crispy potatoes, parboiled them and then tossed them in a little hot oil, loads of cloves of crushed garlic in their skin, a handful of cumin seeds, a handful of nigella seeds and a sprinkling of turmeric, salt and pepper and they were cooked in the oven as normal. Delicious!

The recipe is super simple and quick and don’t worry if you don’t have a blender to blitz the marinade ingredients just crush the garlic really well and into a paste and use chilli power instead of fresh chilli, and then just mix all the ingredients together.

Indian Spiced Turkey recipe…

Indian Spiced Turkey (or chicken)

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Serves: 8-10

A great recipe to jazz up the Christmas dinner, aromatic Indian flavours for an Indian spiced turkey, gluten free too!
  • 1 chicken or turkey
  • 100ml natural yogurt
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1-2 red chillies (chopped, seeds removed)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • salt & pepper
  • Coriander to garnish
  1. Put all the ingredients, except the turkey, into a small blender and blitz until smooth.
  2. Put the turkey in a roasting dish and slash shallow cuts into the flesh
  3. Smear and rub in the marinade everywhere on the turkey, rub it inside all the slashes
  4. If you have time, and space, allow the marinade to do its work for an hour and place the turkey into the fridge
  5. Cook the meat as you would usually basting a few times using up all the marinade and allowing a deep dark colour to adorn the turkey
  6. serve with garlic, turmeric, cumin & nigella seed roasted potatoes
  7. Seve the turkey sprinkled with fresh coriander


Do you give your Christmas turkey an unusual twist or have it in the traditional way?

If you fancy doing a gin brined turkey check out this post and don’t forget to share your own ‘Christmas Twists’ ideas use the hashtag #ovenpridechristmas

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2 thoughts on “A Wonderful Indian Spiced Turkey

  1. Loving the twist on a traditional roast. Lovely warming spices.

    Posted on December 15, 2016 at 9:36 pm
    1. Thanks Elinor. I like a bit of spice added to my poultry 🙂

      Posted on December 16, 2016 at 2:03 pm