Looking to add some mirch masala to your dishes this Thanksgiving? From make-ahead appetizers, tandoori turkeys, modern mithais to spiced cocktails, there’s a little something for every desi this holiday season!
With that said, we present to you a web-inspired, South Asian Thanksgiving Dinner Menu and there’s nothing stopping it from being exclusive to your guests! These dishes will have you itching to host an epic Thanksgiving dinner party again and again—I promise!
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Keep your sanity and make these ahead of time. Make extra for a post-holiday tea time snack.
Have your guests snack on these crunchy bites before the main course.
These little showstoppers are sure to impress the in-laws.
The bird that will win all the hearts. Spice up your turkey with this marinade.
Please your vegetarians with this beautiful masala rubbed cauliflower.
Serving a smaller crowd? This roast chicken is a great alternative to turkey.
Roast potatoes get a desi twist.
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A great make-ahead dish that’s healthy and vegetarian.
Spice up those vegetables and serve them roasted with masala.
Indulge in the holidays with this cake made with brown butter and saffron.
Make these sweet treats ahead of time in individual shooters.
Who can say no to gulab jamun? Give this traditional mithai a Thanksgiving twist.
Who said cocktails had to be boring? Try this bubbling treat.
Get into the holiday spirit with this cardamom cocktail.
The humble nimbu soda gets a kick in this sweet and spicy version.
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Happy holidays, friends! Have a beautiful Thanksgiving with your family.
Nisha is the founder and editor of Love Laugh Mirch, an Indian inspired lifestyle site where she shares her take on traditional recipes, approachable DIY’s, culture stories and motherhood moments. Her favorites include Bollywood movies (the sappier the better), recipes that are passed down through generations, mango season and a hot cup of kadak chai. You can often find her on Instagram @lovelaughmirch cooking dinner while having a dance party with her little one.