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THANKSGIVING IN A DESI HOME

Happy Thanksgiving everyone ! Hope all of you are having a wonderful day. I am spending the day with friends, who are very close to being family. I do miss my family like crazy . Similarly today, as like every other special and not so special day, in the calendar. So what are your plans? Are you in the middle of prepping up your show stopper turkey and hosting the grandest party at home.


For me, I was not born in this country, I now call home. So I did not grow up with Turkey Day dinners and yummy Stuffing and super perfect pumpkin pies. Over the many years, that I have called the Midwest my home, I have experienced a few different kinds of Thanksgiving Meals . But what  has stuck very close to my heart, is a meal I had at our friend Sonal and Mayukh's in Columbia, Missouri. It was supposed to be a mini re-union of my husband's batch mates from college. Three friends who went to Grad school , together were meeting up, after years, with their families,for Thanksgiving. And the host, Sonal and Mayukh , delivered a stellar meal. They kept alive the spirit of Thanksgiving, but added their own touch to it.


They brought forth the every major aspects of a typical Thanksgiving meal, but added an Indian immigrant touch to it.Every immigrant family would have their own spin on Thanksgiving and this was probably theirs. But it became ours, with their subtle touch.

Rather than the big Turkey, there are two roast Chicken. But they were roasted with Tandoori spices. Demi Tadka, as you could call it.






Every item of the traditional Thanksgiving table had an Indian flair to it. So the mashed potatoes, became Oven roasted masala Aloo, accompanied by Garlic Green Beans with toasted sesame seeds, Jeera Rice , Matar Panner(as we had an veggie friend), and Cranberry Churtney with Pita. 




Enough Dutch Beer to wash it all down. And decadent Caramel Pudding.

Just like every family have their own family tradition, I think Sonal created a benchmark in our friend circle for the perfect Thanksgiving Meal to  appeal to the Indian diaspora in the heartland of US.

So here's wishing everyone of you a wonderful Thanksgiving. Wear your favorite PJs and tuck into your favorite meal of the year. 

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