Three PotLuck Friendly Desi Recipes for Eid

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Three PotLuck Friendly Desi Recipes for Eid featuring Turkey

This post is sponsored by Canadian Turkey but opinions are my own.

By: Nazima Qureshi

Muslim families will be celebrating one of their most holy festivals of the year this month as the second Eid, Eid al-Adha, arrives on August 22 this year. As Eid rolls around, most of us are thinking of what to cook. Whether you are hosting or are invited to someone’s house, you want delicious food without spending too much time in the kitchen.

For my family, Eid always starts with breakfast at my in-laws, followed by cheesecake made by me. We then take a few hours to ourselves, (which usually includes a nap), and then come together for one or two bigger parties with relatives.

We will also be invited to other Eid parties hosted by friends and family in the upcoming weeks. With so many events, I like to have a few simple but delicious recipes ready to take to events.

I’m sharing three recipes with you that are potluck friendly as well as easy to make for a large group. The trick is to use similar ingredients in different ways to create three separate dishes.

On the menu is:

  • Masala Turkey Quesadillas (perfect for children)
  • Green Cilantro Chutney Crostini topped with Masala Turkey Breast
  • Mini Turkey Kababs

Turkey is a great choice if you’re looking for a tasty and nutritious option to feed your guests, while being an economical way to feed a crowd. You can easily switch, swap, and substitute turkey in your Eid recipes as it will pair perfectly with a wide variety of spice combinations and flavour profiles. Along with being a flavourful choice, turkey is packed with protein, not only is it healthy but will help your guests feel fuller for longer.

While nutrition might not be the first thing on your mind on Eid, since everyone will be eating heavy meals, a nutritious but delicious menu can help keep your guests feeling energized. Fresh cuts of turkey are naturally low in sodium and packed with nutrients like iron, zinc, and selenium.


A little prep beforehand can help you put together this menu without spending too much time in the kitchen on the day of your Eid party:

  • The Masala turkey breast is cooked the day before and used for the quesadillas and crostini
  • The Green Cilantro Chutney can be made ahead of time and stored in a jar
  • The turkey kababs can be marinated and frozen ahead of time


Masala Turkey Breast  


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1lb turkey breast, chopped into small pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 tomato, diced


  1. Heat a skillet on medium-high heat with olive oil. Add onions and let cook for 2-3 minutes until softened and slightly browned.
  2. Add minced garlic, spices, and tomato. Let cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant and add turkey breast.
  3. Cook for 7-9 minutes until fragrant and turkey breast is fully cooked. Taste for seasoning and adjust if needed. Set aside.

Tip: Both white and dark turkey cuts are considered low in fat, so if you prefer darker meat, skip the turkey breast and use boneless turkey leg.

Green Cilantro Chutney


  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • ½ bunch parsley
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 green chilis
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil



  1. In a food processor, add all ingredients. Pulse until a puree forms. Spoon into jar and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.


Masala Turkey Quesadillas


  • 1 cup of cooked masala turkey breast (from recipe above)
  • 4 whole grain tortillas
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese


  1. Cut up masala turkey breast into small pieces. On half of the tortilla, place cheese, masala turkey breast, followed by a bit more cheese. Fold tortilla in half.
  2. Cook on a pan drizzled with olive oil on medium high heat. Flip when one side is brown and crispy.
  3. Once both sides are crispy, remove from heat and cut into four triangles.



Green Cilantro Chutney Crostini topped with Masala Turkey Breast


  • 1 recipe Green Cilantro Chutney (listed above)
  • 1 whole grain baguette
  • 1 cup of cooked masala turkey breast (from recipe above)



  1. Preheat oven to broiler setting. Slice baguette at an angle to make 15-20 slices.
  2. Cut up masala turkey breast into small pieces. On each slice, spread about a tablespoon of green cilantro chutney. Top with turkey breast pieces.
  3. Before serving: Place crostini on a baking sheet and put under broiler for 2-3 minutes until lightly browned and warm.


Mini Turkey KababsIndian recipes


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp red chili flakes
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro



  1. In a bowl, mix all ingredients with hand. Using a tablespoon, make 15 mini kababs. If not cooking immediately, place on a tray lined with parchment paper and freeze.
  2. When ready to cook, drizzle olive oil in a non-stick fry pan on medium high heat and cook kababs on each side for 2-4 minutes until browned.

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If you haven’t cooked with turkey before, now is the time to start! Canadian Turkey is here to help you get ready for all your special occasion meals with recipe ideas, cooking tips, meal suggestions and planning pointers to help you spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying yourself with friends and family.

If you make any of these recipes be sure to share with us on Instagram or Twitter by tagging @masalamommas and @nutritionbynaz

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