Thanksgiving Recipe From our Home to Yours

Dated: November 21 2019

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It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only a week away! A holiday where we take the time to give thanks for our blessings and share a meal with family and friends. Growing up, our family spiced up our Thanksgiving table by offering a classic Turkey with traditional Indian dishes. As a second-generation Indian, I've been putting my own spin on Thanksgiving by creating fusion recipes over the years!  

And this year we give THANKS by sharing my recipe for Tandoori Turkey. Happy Thanksgiving!


When I make a traditional turkey, I always start with a dry brine as the first step so that the turkey retains it's moisture and doesn't dry out. So I certainly didn't want to skip this step! 

Dry Brine:

Kosher salt

Two days before cooking, rinse turkey and pat dry. Rub Kosher Salt into the outside and inside of the turkey. Use about 1-1/2 tablespoon per 4 pounds of bird. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 10-24 hours. Next, you will marinate the turkey in a yogurt mixture.

Yogurt Marinade:

16 oz of Yogurt

1/4 cup ounces Garam Masala

3 Tbsp Corriander Powder

2 Tbsp  Tandoori Masala

1/2 cup chopped garlic

1/3 cup chopped ginger

5 Serrano peppers, minced

3/4 cup lemon juice 

¹⁄4 cup paprika

2 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper

4 teaspoons of salt

Put all ingredients in a blender and puree all of the ingredients together.  Rub on the inside and outside of the turkey. Pour marinade into a roasting bag. Place turkey in the roasting bag and rub all over the inside and outside of the turkey. Tie bag and arrange turkey in a large roasting pan with the breast side down. Refrigerate overnight.

Next Morning, Remove the turkey from the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for an hour.

2 medium red onions, chopped

20-25 cloves peeled garlic

1 cup celery chopped

1 cup carrots chopped

3 cinnamon sticks Whole

4-5 black cardamom pods

20-25 whole cloves

5 sprigs sage

5 sprigs thyme

5 bay leaves

3 Tbsp butter

1 cup unsalted butter melted for basting

Fill the cavity of the turkey with the final ingredients above. Carefully spread butter under the skin of the breast.  Let sit at room temp for an hour. Then cook in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. (You can cook the turkey in the roasting bag with the turkey right side up). 

Cover the breast with foil and return the turkey to the oven and continue to cook at 325 degrees until fully cooked. Baste the turkey with the melted butter regularly. Time will depend on the size of the turkey. 

This turkey recipe will definitely give your Thanksgiving Meal a spicy twist! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do! 

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