Tandoori roast turkey

(41 ratings)
Tandoori Roast Turkey
Tandoori Roast Turkey
  • Serves: 4-6

  • Prep time:

    (plus 24 hours for marinating)
  • Cooking time:

  • Total time:

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

This spicy marinade makes sure this is a Christmas turkey with a real kick. It's a deliciously different way to spice up Christmas dinner.


  • 1 medium turkey, 6-7kg (13 1/2 to 15 3/4lb)
  • 500g (18oz) yogurt
  • 200ml (7fl oz) mustard oil
  • 50g (2oz) ginger paste
  • 40g(1 1/2oz) garlic paste
  • 50g (2oz) red chilli powder
  • 50g (2oz) turmeric powder
  • 60g (2 1/4oz) cumin powder
  • 40g (1 1/2oz) coriander powder
  • 50g (2oz) chopped green chilli
  • 100g (4oz) chopped coriander leaves
  • 40g (1 1/2oz) fenugreek leaves
  • Salt


  1. Score the turkey with a knife.
  2. Mix the ingredients for the marinade together and baste turkey.
  3. Chill for 24 hours.
  4. First cook at 220C/425F/gas 7 for 40 mins.
  5. Then turn oven down to 170C/325F/gas 3 and cook for 3 1/2 hrs.
  6. Finally remove foil and brown at 200C/400F/gas 6 for 35 min.
But if your turkey is bigger or smaller, use our turkey timer below to work out how long you should cook yours for:

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