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When you talk of Thanksgiving, the first thing that comes to your mind is a big, delicious, juicy turkey. One of the reasons why Thanksgiving is also known as Turkey Day. Thanksgiving, as a tradition has had many additions to it over the years. Initially, the celebration consisted of family and friends getting together; enjoying a turkey, pumpkin pies and showering gratitude.. Later, came the tradition of football and scavenger hunts.  But, the food was, is and will always be the centre of attraction on this much loved holiday, the best part about Thanksgiving.

 

Thanksgiving in the west

Thanksgiving gained its significance as a day to celebrate a bountiful harvest. The “First Thanksgiving” as the Americans call it, was celebrated in 1621 by the pilgrims after they reaped their crops for the first time. 

Thanksgiving provides illustrations of native American Indians introducing the culture and providing food to the settlers.  Thus this day marked thanking the land, its produce and what it offers by the settlers.

Back then, the first successful harvest was followed by a grand feast which used to go on for 3 days. The feast was held in honour of the American-Indian man Squanto, who taught them agriculture in the first place.

Since then, it has been a day full of food, feeling grateful and taking a day off to be with family.

 

Thanksgiving in India

Thanksgiving in India, is not as much a celebrated time as in the west, although there are other Indian traditions and holidays where families donate food and supplies, as frequently as possible, as good karma. It is a gesture of being thankful for how much they have, by helping those in need. Beautiful indeed!  In some way or the other, giving thanks and being grateful has been a part of all major traditions and customs in India.

And all good times are related to food in some or the other way here.  All we need is an excuse to make a delicious supper and invite our family and friends over to have a lovely time with bellies full of delicious food.

 

Thanksgiving makes for a perfect way of taking a break from a fast-paced life, to acknowledge and be appreciative for everything we have.

 

Here are some delish treats for you to indulge in, whether Thanksgiving or no. Enjoy!

Chicken Sausage Jambalaya

A twist to a Cajun favourite! This saucy rice dish with chicken and chicken sausages is a meal in itself and needs no further accompaniments to it. You can probably just wash it down with a nice, cool beverage.  

https://sanjeevkapoor.com/Recipe/Chicken-and-Sausage-Jambalaya-Sanjeev-Kapoor-Kitchen-FoodFood.html

 

Mashed Potatoes

Who doesn’t love creamy mashed potatoes? One of the best accompaniments that any meat dish can have. Try the one that we have here for you.  

https://www.sanjeevkapoor.com/Recipe/Mashed-Potatoes-SK-Khazana.html

 

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie is a traditional holiday dessert savoured on thanksgiving in many countries. To make things all the more celebratory, we added chocolate to it and we ain’t complaining. Time for you to give it a try.

https://www.sanjeevkapoor.com/Recipe/Chocolate-Pumpkin-Pie.html

 

 


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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.