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Turkey Mussallam Pt 1

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Category: Meat

 Ingredients List

  • 1 Turkey
  • 4 Onions; cut into roundels
  • ; (200 g)
  • 15 Cm cinnamon
  • 1 l Chicken stock
  • Butter for basting


60 g Garlic paste
45 g Ginger paste
1 1/2 ts Chilli powder; (7 g)
1/4 c Malt vinegar; (60 ml)
Salt to taste

400 g Chicken mince
60 g Spring onions; chopped fine
15 g Garlic; chopped fine
20 g Ginger
2 Eggs; hardboiled and
; shelled
45 g Almonds
45 g Pistachios
30 g Raisins
2 tb Rose water; (30 ml)
15 g Coriander leaves; chopped
10 g Mint leaves; chopped fine
2 Green chillies; deseeded and
; chopped fine
1 ts Freshly ground black pepper
-powder; (5 g)
1/2 ts Shah jeera; (black cummin
; (2 g)
1/4 ts Clove powder; (1 g)
A pinch of rose petal powder
A pinch of black cardamom
A pinch of fennel powder
Salt to taste

60 g Desi ghee; (clarified
30 g Garlic paste
20 g Ginger paste
1 c Yoghurt; beaten (240 g)
90 g Desiccated coconut; ground
-to a paste
3 tb Almond paste; (45 g)
1 tb Chironji paste; (15 g)
60 g Fried onion paste
1/2 ts Chilli powder; (2 g)
Salt to taste
1/2 ts Green cardamom powder; (2 g)
1/4 ts Mace powder; (1 g)
A few strands saffron;
-crushed and soaked
; in 2 tbsp (30 ml)
; rose water

Clean the turkey, remove the neck and the skin. Prick the entire surface
with a fork. Mix all the ingredients for the marinade and evenly rub them
into the turkey. Keep aside for at least an hour (preferably overnight in
the refrigerator).

To prepare the filling: Finely chop two-third of the ginger and cut the
remaining one-third into juliennes for the garnish. Blanch, peel and slice
the almonds and pistachios. Soak the raisins in water for a few minutes.
Drain and reserve in rose water. Mix all the filling ingredients, reserving
one-third of the sliced almonds and pistachios for garnishing Stuff the
abdominal cavity of the turkey with the filling from the tail end as
follows: One-third of the minced meat mixture, one hardboiled egg, another
one-third of the minced mixture, the remaining hardboiled egg and finally
the remaining minced mixture. Then double up the legs, ensuring that
drumsticks cover the opening through which the filling was stuffed and tie
firmly with a string Gently twist the winglet bones to make the birds more
stable when they are placed in a serving plate.

Make a bed of the onion roundels in a large pot. Spread cinnamon sticks on
the onions and place the stuffed turkey on top. Cook on a very low heat.
Bring the chicken stock to a boil and pour over the turkey. Cover and
simmer on dum for 15 minutes, with live coals on top. Uncover and cook the
turkey, basting at regular intervals with the extract until cooked. To
check if the filling is cooked, pierce with a cooking needle. If a white
liquid oozes out, it means the filling is cooked. If not, cook longer.
Remove and arrange the turkey on a greased roasting tray and reserve the
cooking extract for the gravy.

To prepare the gravy: Heat ghee in a pan. Season with the garlic paste and
ginger paste. Stir-fry until the moisture evaporates. Remove the pan from
heat, stir in the yoghurt and return the pan to heat. Stir-fry until specks
of fat begin to appear on the surface. Add the coconut paste, almond paste
and chironji paste. Stir-fry until the fat leaves the sides,

continued in part 2

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