A Vegetarian Indian-Spiced Thanksgiving

spicy roasted brussels sprouts and cauliflower

In case you’re looking for some vegetarian Thanksgiving dishes off the beaten path, I thought I’d compile a few of my Indian recipes that invoke the season of fall.  Oddly enough, this year I’ll actually be at a wedding on Thanksgiving so there will be a lot of eating, but not as much cooking as years past.

Thanksgiving for my family is different every year. We don’t really have a set menu, but we do prepare a lot of dishes – all Indian – each year. I look forward to it because I usually learn a few new recipes from my parents and get to cook in their spacious kitchen, a nicebreak from my tiny Brooklyn closet of a cooking space. And of course the QT:)

So without further or do, here are some ideas that you could incorporate into the mix for your Thanksgiving dinner, hopefully to give your guests a little spice and something unexpected.  And if you have some vegetarians or vegans at the table, I’m sure they’d doubly appreciate the effort to make their fare that much more flavorful…. as the bird does tend to take center stage on this day.

I hope you enjoy the holiday whether it’s a Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving with family.. or a wedding in my case.

Vangi Baath Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower (above)

Spiced Butternut Squash and Dill Soup

dill butternut soup

Curried Green Lentils w/ Mushrooms and Red Bell Pepper

Curried Green Lentils with Mushrooms and Red Peppers

Lemon Dill Rice w/ Cashews

lemon dill rics

Cabbage and Paneer Stir-Fry

Paneer and Cabbage Stir-Fry

Stir-Fried Corn w/ Basil and Leeks

Corn Stir-Fry

Kale Yogurt Raita

Kale Yogurt Raita

For more Thanksgiving Day recipes ideas go here.

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  • Louise Volper

    I think it’s wonderful that your Thanksgiving meal changes each year. I would love to try that one year at least, lol…My son is a vegetarian and I was trying to think of some special dishes to prepare for him. Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful selections. Our Thanksgiving sure could use a bit of spicing up:)

    • Chitra Agrawal

      Hi Louise, Thanks for stopping by the site. I hope you had a fun Thanksgiving and happy I gave you some ideas to prepare for your son.

  • Rossyjordin

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