No turkey here:) I grew up eating Indian food for Thanksgiving. The dishes varied from year to year, but they were always vegetarian & most often using the fall vegetables that were in season. That's why, being a vegetarian, I've never really felt that awkward on this holiday...or that heavy because many of the dishes we have are pretty healthy, but also really flavorful.
It wasn't until my first one one away from my parents that I realized though that turkey really is the star! I admit I did love pigging out on a lot of the traditional Thanksgiving vegetarian dishes I had like mashed potatoes, string bean casserole, macaroni & cheese and pecan pie, but I also missed my parents' cooking.
From spending the holiday with different friends, I've seen how every family kind of has their own unique menu and traditions, and many times, dishes are derived from where the family is from. If you want to try some of what my family has for the holiday, here is my list of:
Indian Vegetarian Thanksgiving Sides
Beet Palya Stir-Fry
Curried & Creamed Kale
Kosambri Carrot Salad
String Beans Palya Stir-Fry
Palak Paneer (Spinach & Indian Cheese)
Kalonji (Nigella Seed) Potatoes
Yellow Peanut Rice
Spiced Collard Greens in Mustard Oil
Rajma (Kidney Bean Curry) & Spinach
Sweet Potato & Feta Curry
I hope you enjoy and have a Happy Thanksgiving!