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Turkey Biryani

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

In India, the aromatic rice dish known as biryani consists of layering cooked rice with spiced meat or vegetables before baking it. In this simplified version, everything is cooked in one pot on the stove.


  • 3 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 16- to 20-oz. package ground turkey
  • 2 Tbs. curry powder
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 green cardamom pods
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 3-inch cinnamon stick
  • 4 medium cloves garlic, very thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 cups lower-salt chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashews
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 630
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 240
  • Fat (g): 27
  • Saturated Fat (g): 10
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 4.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 10
  • Cholesterol (mg): 100
  • Sodium (mg): 420
  • Carbohydrates (g): 67
  • Fiber (g): 5
  • Protein (g): 34


  • In a heavy-duty 5-quart pot, heat 1 Tbs. of the butter over medium-high heat. Add the turkey, 1 Tbs. of the curry powder, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the turkey is lightly browned and cooked through, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, stir in the peas, and set aside.
  • Heat the remaining 2 Tbs. butter in the pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, cardamom pods, cloves, cinnamon stick, and 1/2 tsp. salt and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion begins to brown, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in the rice and the remaining 1 Tbs. curry powder. Add the broth and raisins, and bring to a simmer. Turn the heat down to low, cover, and cook until the rice is just tender and the liquid is absorbed, 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Discard the cinnamon stick. Fold the turkey mixture, cashews, and cilantro into the rice, and cook just until the turkey and peas are warm. Season to taste with salt and serve.


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  • spookysmom | 07/23/2017

    I was excited to make this recipe and went to my health food store to get the right ingredients. I followed the recipe to the letter and was just rather disappointed with the outcome. It was dark and muddy looking (not as bright as the photo with the recipe) and just seemed mushy (flavor-wise) to me -- nothing stood out. Meh. I probably won't make it again. My husband eats anything and everything. The leftovers won't go to waste but he didn't rave about it, either. Sorry, FineCooking....

  • LArcher | 02/10/2017

    Excellent!! I used jasmine rice since I did not have basmati rice. I used black cardomon pods because I did not have green. Loved how easy it was to put together. Just served with a side salad. Can not wait to try the leftovers!

  • Harp | 03/30/2015

    Spices blended beautifully. The house smelled delightful for two days. Followed the recipe exactly, and will do so again! If you enjoy Indian food, do this, soon.

  • FreddieFlea | 12/16/2014

    Very good. Would benefit from a squirt of lemon or lime. Next time I'm going to use the same recipe with lamb.I was liberal with spices and used homemade curry powder.

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