November 25, 2006

Thanksgiving Dinner

My first Thanksgiving dinner went really well. I have attended Thanksgiving dinners before, but this my first time hosting one.

We didn't have roast Turkey. Instead we made Indonesian roasted chicken with Madhur Jaffery's cookbook recipe. It was succulent and tender. Rest of the dinner was a mix of Indian and American recipes. Everybody brought something to the table and it was a wonderful evening. I will post the recipes from the Thanksgiving dinner over the next week.

Here is the menu:
Vegetable Pakoras
Pumpkin and Ginger Soup
Bettutu Ayam (Indonesian whole stuffed chicken in parcel)
Green Beans
Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
Pecan Pie
Pumpkin Mousse with whipped cream and pecans

Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Nice spread, Mandira!

  2. Wow, feeling like coming and joining you for dinner. Very nice presentation.

    Thanks, Nidhi.

  3. Hi
    That's a good menu and beautiful snap. waiting for your recipes.

  4. Looks wonderful! Have a great time and wow! what a menu girl!:))

  5. great spread Mandira, you sure had a good time thanking for all that food :)

  6. Ahh--wonderful menu! The roasted chicken sounds great. (I prefer chicken to turkey.)

  7. This is all sounds amazing! I'm especially looking forward to your recipe for Vegetable Pakoras as they are one of my favorites.

  8. Shelly2:35 PM

    Congrats on hosting your first Thanksgiving! It is a lot of work, but it looks like you did a wonderful job!

  9. Vani, Nidhi, Lakshmi, Asha, Sandeepa, Sher, Erin, Shelly - Thank you. It was a wonderful evening with friends. Since it was my first Thanksgiving dinner, I'll admit I was a little nervous. But everything turned out great. Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend as well. Recipes coming up....

  10. Lakshmiammal12:17 PM

    Hi Mandira,
    The dishes you have listed should have made your TG a great day !Looking forward for the recipes.

  11. Congratulations on hosting your first thanksgiving Mandira! With a menu that includes such delicious dishes, I'm sure it was a hit!

  12. re-posting, but basically, v yummy, and have you tried candied yams? they are my discovery of the year. yummm

  13. The menu sounds great! Wish I could come over.

  14. Lakshmiammal, Monisha- Thanks. The dinner went really well. We all were quite stuffed by the end of the evening :)

    Sqrl/ta - Candied yams... you'll have to make some now...

    Rp- If you are ever in Buffalo, drop by :)

  15. spread looks fantastic !

  16. Krithika - Thanks. It was a nice warm evening with friends and lot of food. We started eating at 5:00 pm and were done at 10:00 pm (ofcourse with breaks) so you can imagine!


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