At Mississippi Market, we celebrate the rich cultural diversity and food and farming traditions that immigrants bring to our community. Today we’re highlighting a cultural food tradition from Libya. Food is one of the most important activities of any Libyan family, so emphasized that there is a Libyan saying: one must eat well. 

Today’s feature recipe is a popular, easy to make dish – curried turkey legs. Following this recipe, you can achieve the taste of a curried leg of lamb for about a quarter of the price.

Curried Turkey Legs


  • 4 turkey legs, skinned and slashed along the sides
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1-1 1/2 Tbsp curry powder
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger root, grated (or 1/2 tsp ground ginger)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2-3 cups cooked rice
  • 3/4 cup raw carrot, grated


  • Brown turkey legs in butter; remove from skillet.
  • Add onion and garlic to skillet. Cook till onion is tender but not brown.
  • Return meat to skillet and add curry power, 1 tsp salt, ginger root, tomatoes, and 1/4 cup water.
  • Cover; simmer 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally, till turkey is tender.
  • Stir in flour. Cook and stir until thickened.
  • Serve with cooked rice, tossed with raw grated carrot.

Recipe adapted from

View previous posts in this series

Celebrate Community: Iran
Celebrate Community: Yemen
Celebrate Community: Syria
Celebrate Community: Sudan
Celebrate Community: Iraq
Celebrate Community: Somalia