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Add Some Masala to Your Turkey (Literally!)

It’s that time of the year again: American families are gathering in their homes to give thanks. Of course, food is always the main attraction! This year, freshen up old traditions by cooking with a South Asian twist. (This meal serves 4-6 people.)


8-12 pound turkey
8 ounces plain yogurt
1 teaspoon red pepper
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
lemon juice

To make marinade, mix yogurt, cumin, coriander, and turmeric powder. Add lemon juice and salt as desired. Marinate turkey and bake it according to weight instructions. Serve your turkey with sprigs of fresh cilantro.


1 medium-sized onion, chopped
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1 teaspoon ginger, finely chopped
1 teaspoon red pepper
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
4 cups pumpkin, cubed
1 teaspoon sugar
2 small tomatoes, chopped

Fry onion in oil. When it’s golden brown, add the garlic, ginger, red pepper, cumin powder, coriander powder, and turmeric powder. Add salt to taste; then add 1/2 cup water. Adjust heat to medium. Stir the mixture and add the pumpkin. Continue stirring until well mixed. When water has evaporated, add 3 more cups water, sugar and tomatoes. and cover. Allow mixture to simmer on medium to low heat. Curry will be ready in about 20 minutes. Serve with plain white rice.


1 cup fresh cranberries
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon vinegar

Mix cranberries, garlic, vinegar and salt/ pepper to taste in food processor until well blended.

Bon appétit! Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Sapna Magazine. :)


2 thoughts on “Add Some Masala to Your Turkey (Literally!)

  1. I love this article. I was totally looking for recipes to desify my thanksgiving dinner. Thanks!

    PS. Love the graphic!

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