Bombay Sloppy Joes

Total Time:
55 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
35 min

Yield:
4 sandwiches
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • For the Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 serrano chile pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 15 -ounce can tomato sauce
  • For the Sloppy Joes:
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Small handful (about 1/4 cup) raisins
  • Small handful (about 1/4 cup) shelled pistachios
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 large white onion, finely diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 serrano chile pepper (don't chop it unless you like things spicy!)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • Small handful fresh cilantro (soft stems included)
  • 4 sesame buns
Directions
  • Make the sauce: Heat the vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the ginger, garlic and chile pepper and cook until the ginger and garlic brown a little, about 1 minute. Add the garam masala and paprika and cook 30 seconds. Add the tomato sauce and 1 cup water, stir and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, prepare the sloppy joes: Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the raisins and pistachios and cook, stirring occasionally, until the raisins swell up and the pistachios toast slightly, about 1 minute. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

  • Return the skillet to medium heat and add the remaining 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Add the cumin seeds and let sizzle about 10 seconds, then add the onion and bell pepper and cook until softened and starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the chile pepper and cook 2 more minutes, seasoning with salt. Add the turkey, breaking up the big lumps, and cook until opaque, about 5 minutes.

  • Add the prepared sauce to the turkey-and-onion mixture in the skillet. Stir and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer until the mixture thickens slightly, about 10 minutes.

  • Remove the whole chile pepper (unless you want to eat it, like my dad does!) and stir in the honey, half-and-half, raisins and pistachios. Taste for seasoning. Stir in the cilantro right before serving.

  • Toast the buns and fill with the sloppy joe mixture. Eat with your hands!


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