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Indian Style Thanksgiving Dinner.

Updated on November 15, 2014

Thanksgiving Turkey Biriyani

Stuffed with a bread-based filling and roasted turkeys are the central dish for a thanksgiving dinner. Deep-fried turkey is also ascending in distinction. Sometimes, poultry native to the area where the meal is taking place is used; for example, quail is the central dish for a Texan Thanksgiving feast.

Turkey biriyani has always been a adored festival dish in India. Most of the restaurants in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu serve Turkey biriyani only in the festival seasons like Pongal, Dibawali etc., because the turkey is a rare bird in India. This turkey biriyani has a great flavor and taste.

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About Biriyani »

Biriyani Variety
Biriyani Variety

The fictitious name "Biriyani" is as a matter of fact obtained from a Persian term Berya definition fried or broiled. Biriyani is a familiar dish that is particularly delegated in India. This rice based foodstuff is made with spices and mutton, chicken, fish, eggs or vegetables.

Full of spices and tasty mutton blended with long-grain basmati rice, particular biriyani is a readying that can facilely be lining up among the various mouth-watering dishes prepared anywhere. Its vegetarian kind in which, the mutton is interchanged by a number of garden produce, is also likewise appealing and has highlighted in cook books the world over.

It is a liked dish for many Indians now. A very excellent Biriyani Recipe requires a lot of components to cook, and maybe a few hard and time consuming to prepare. While different kinds of rice can be employed to make biriyani, the popular choice of most homes is "Basmati rice", which is casually fragrant.

There are lots of Biryani varieties like lamb biriyani, Chicken Biriyani, Hyderabadi Biriyani, Iraqi Biriyani, Iranian Biriyani, Mushroom Biriyani, Malabar Biriani, Turkey Biriyani also Thai Biryani etc. etc., and a lot more. Here, is in what way Biryani looks like! :)

Turkey Biriyani Recipe »

Turkey is a bird which renowned for its taste and texture. A good biriyani is favorable for every one, and this turkey biryani is no exception! I love this turkey biriyani for its vibrant flavor and taste. Try something really different with your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey.

Here is a recipe to make Turkey Biryani, try it for your thanksgiving dinner and enjoy the dish.


♥ 1Kg turkey (medium pieces)

♥ 1 tbsp ginger paste

♥ 1/2kg basmati rice

♥ 6 nos green chilli

♥ 5 tbsp clarified butter

♥ 1 tsp turmeric powder

♥ 2 cloves

♥ 1/2 cup mint leaves

♥ 2 bay leaves

♥ 1/2 cup coriander leaves

♥ 2 tsps red chili powder

♥ 1 tsp garam masala

♥ 1 inch piece of cinnamon stick

♥ 6 medium size tomatoes finely sliced

♥ 1 tsp cumin seeds

♥ 1 cup yogurt

♥ 1 tbsp garlic paste

♥ 6 medium size onions (thinly sliced)

♥ Salt to taste

♥ 6 tbsp oil


Marinate turkey with yoghurt, chilli powder, garam masala powder and salt. Set aside for at least 4 hours.

Meanwhile wash the basmati rice well and drain the water.

Add 3 tablespoons of oil in a fry pan. When oil is hot add ginger garlic paste and fry till golden brown. Now add thinly sliced onions, green chillies and fry till onion turn golden brown. Add sliced tomatoes and fry well. Add mint and coriander leaves and set aside the mixture.

Add clarified butter and oil in a fry pan, when heated add cloves, cardamom and cinnamon. Fry till brown. Now add salt, the fried mixture and the marinated mixture and fry for 30-40 minutes, till the turkey is half-cooked. Once the meat is ready, transfer this gravy in to a cooking vessel and add water and basmati rice . (Rice to water ratio must be 1:2 /the water includes the gravy from cooking the meat/). Add salt to the mixture. Let the rice cooked. Now tightly cover the vessel with a lid and keep it on a low flame. Take away the vessel from the flame exactly after 20 minutes. Your Turkey Biriyani is ready . Serve hot with curd raita.

Ginger Raita Recipe
Ginger Raita Recipe

Ginger Raita Recipe »

Most Indian families enjoy curds either plain or in the form of delicious raitas as an accompaniment with lunch or dinner. A raita is a simple preparation made by adding fruits or vegetables to beaten curds to act as coolers in contrast to the hot and spicy chutneys and spicy Indian food. Raitas are unique because they are cool and spicy at the same time. Indians cherish a large variety of raitas. You can make a number of raitas with curd, such as boondi raita, vegetable raita, pineapple raita, and so on. Here is one of the Indian Raita Recipe:


♥ 1 - cup Curd (not sour)

♥ 1 - tbsp chopped coriander

♥ 3 - 4 tbsp Coconut gratings

♥ 1/4 - tsp Mustard Seeds

♥ 1 - Green Chilly

♥ 1 - spring Curry leaf

♥ 1 - tsp Oil

♥ A pinch of Asafoetida

♥ 2 - inch Ginger piece (chopped)

♥ A pinch of Sugar


Beat the curd into smooth paste and add the sugar.

Grind coconut grating and green chilies into a paste and add with curd

Add the chopped ginger and salt

For seasoning: heat oil adds mustard seeds, curry leaves and Asafoetida.

Decorate with chopped coriander and serve.

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      Hindi Love shayari 

      4 years ago

      Great post and its superb.

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I want to try this Turkey Biryani. Must be very tasty.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your recipes. I love Indian food and I've bookmarked this page and will try them very soon.

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      6 years ago

      Wonderful, I love the Roasted Turkey, especially. They are unusual and give a great feel for Food. so this is a roasted turkey after my own heart. Enjoy Urdu Shayari

    • takkhisa profile image


      6 years ago

      First time i heard of this Indian Style Thanksgiving. It is awesome really :)

    • TransplantedSoul profile image


      6 years ago

      I love Biriyani and am vegetarian.

    • VspaBotanicals profile image


      6 years ago

      Oh, wow! I would love to attend one of these dinners.

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      6 years ago

      Mmmmmm! Looks good good to me! Very interesting lens!

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      6 years ago

      Another great lens, Basha! :)

    • neotony profile image


      6 years ago

      i love indian food but never thought of making them myself. this is going to be a perfect opportunity since i have turkey that i saved for after Thanksgiving!

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      6 years ago from US


    • Loganor profile image


      6 years ago

      I have friends who love Indian food and they always make a big vegetarian Indian style feast for Thanksgiving instead of the traditional American foods

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      6 years ago

      Looks delicious. Wish you were cooking Thanksgiving dinner for me. I'll be back to try these. Thanks

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      6 years ago

      Sounds delicious!

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      6 years ago

      This took me by pleasant surprise last year and I'm returning to add some fresh angel dust, it won't add calories of change the wonderful flavor of Indian style Thanksgiving early Happy Thanksgiving wish to you Basha!

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      FallenAngel 483 

      6 years ago

      I had no idea Turkeys were rare in India. I don't eat animals but I still found the recipes interesting. I@m scared to try cooking Indian foods in case I mess up the spices. Indian cuisine seems complicated but there are lots of interesting flavours involved.

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      sukkran trichy 

      6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      @LornsA178: thanks for your blessing. really appreciate that

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      6 years ago

      These foods look delicious.

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      Laurel Johnson 

      6 years ago from Washington KS

      I live in a rural area of Kansas so have never eaten Indian cuisine.The biriyani sounds delicious!!

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      Darcie French 

      6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I'd love to try to Indian style thanksgiving

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      6 years ago

      These recipes look delicious!

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      6 years ago

      I've never had biryani, but this sounds yummy.

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      6 years ago

      I love Indian biryani, the aroma is irresistible.

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      7 years ago

      Nice recipes. Look forward to such a dinner. Great Lens.

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      Jhangora LM 

      7 years ago

      Happy Thanksgiving Brother Sukkran! Lots of delicious stuff on this Lens.

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      7 years ago

      Thanksgiving Indian Style....sounds yummy to me!


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