Thanksgiving Recipes With a Devi Flair

Friday, November 14, 2008

Since Thanksgiving is coming up, it's time to start thinking about what to cook for the big day. One idea popular in many devis' homes is taking traditional Thanksgiving dishes and spicing them up with an Indian flair. Yes, we all remember our mothers sprinkling masala onto our french fries and baked potatoes, so why should we be any different?

While some recipes seem to go over the top (remember the giant red Tandoori turkey, much like the one above, in the movie Kissing Cousins?), here are some more subtle fusion Thanksgiving recipes that look and sound great. If you try any of them at your house, we're always available to come over for sampling!

The East Indian Turkey - The turkey recipe to make all other turkey recipes seem bland.

Turkey Tandoori Legs - From our favorite desi chef, Sanjay Thamma of

Alu Gobi stuffing - Stove Top is still my favorite, but I'm willing to give this a try.

Indian Green Bean Salad - A perfect, easy take-along dish if you're invited elsewhere.

Indian Popcorn - Popcorn, chaat style.

Cranberry Chutney - This keeps in the fridge for two weeks, if you want to get an early start on cooking. (Wow, I really sound like my mother now!)

Indian Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
- Basic rule of cooking: cardamom makes everything taste better.

Indian Corn Bread Pudding - Looks super easy and super yummy.

Chai-Spiced Caramel Fondue - Warming spices make this sound like the perfect party-dish-in-front-of-a-fire.

Mango Rose Water Cocktail - We may not wait until Thanksgiving for this one.
Anonymous said...

we've done the cranberry stuffing with tandoori turkey. Delicious! it was a big deal to actually have a non-veg thanksgiving for us that year. usually it's the standard fancy desi veg meal.
will try the green beans recipe

urmi said...

a family favorite of ours is sweet potato or yam and pea stuffed samosas with cranberry chutney (spicy, though). we also do a pumpkin curry soup, and a spicy masala's good, i swear! even the traditionalists like the feast

Anonymous said...

Any tips on specific recipes for Thanksgiving that your kids like??

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