Grilled Whole Turkey Recipe
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Recipe type: Main
  • Whole Turkey- 8 to 10 lbs or 5 Kg
  • Non-stick cooking spray
For making Marinade
  • Ginger, roughly chopped- 3 inch slice
  • Garlic cloves- 6 cloves
  • Green chilies- 5 to 7
  • Fresh Cilantro, roughly chopped- 1½ cups
  • Fresh Mint leaves- 20
  • Curry leaves- 2 sprigs (optional)
  • Whole black pepper corns- 2 tsp
  • Whole Cardamom- 5
  • Turmeric powder- ½ tsp (optional)
  • Salt- 2 tsp (or to taste)
  • Lemon juice- juice of 1 lemon + more lemon juice wile grilling
  • Water- enough to make a paste
  1. Frozen whole Turkey has to be thawed in the refrigerator for 24 hours. After that place the turkey with the skin in cold water for a few hours till it has completely thawed.
  2. Squeeze lemon juice all over the turkey and inside the cavity, give a good massage and rinse under running water.
  3. Into a blender, add all the above mentioned ingredients 'for making the marinade' and add enough water to make a smooth paste.
  4. Spread the marinade all over the turkey and inside the cavity as well. Place it in a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and keep aside for 3 to 4 hours or overnight.
  5. Place the whole turkey into a large pressure cooker and close the lid. I didn't place the whistle.
  6. Save the marinade that's left in the bowl- while grilling we will use this to spread on the turkey.
  7. Let cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes or till the turkey has almost cooked well.
  8. Take the cooked turkey out of the cooker.
  9. Save the liquid in the pressure cooker- turkey broth, can be used for making gravy (heat the liquid and add 2 tbsp corn starch combined with 1 tbsp cold water, keep stirring and cook till gravy thickens).
  10. Have the grill ready, grease the grill with non-stick cooking oil.
  11. Spread some marinade from the bowl on the turkey, spray non-stick cooking oil over it.
  12. Place it on the grill, cover the grill and let grill.
  13. After 10 to 15 minutes of grilling, flip over the turkey- spread some more marinade, salt if required, drizzle lemon juice, spray non-stick cooking oil and grill. If you want, sprinkle some ground pepper as well.
  14. Grill while flipping often, till all the sides have turned slight brown.
  15. Transfer to a large platter, garnish with lemon wedges and fresh herbs and serve.
  16. Enjoy with family and friends.
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