Thanksgiving menu (Indian + Classic)

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Looking for something new to make this Thanksgiving? Try this interesting mix of South – Asian Inspired dishes as well as some classics for your dinner this year.

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Here’s the menu that I have shortlisted for Thanksgiving this year!


Air Fryer Chicken 65

A white plate with an array of crispy chicken 65 topped with cilantro and lemon.
Perfectly crisp on the outside, tender and spicy on the inside, this easy to make air fryer Chicken 65 is the best gluten-free appetizer or snack!

The Best Homemade Air Fryer Garlic Bread Recipe

A plate of garlic bread made with a baguette.
This homemade garlic bread made in the air fryer is crispy, perfectly toasted, and ready in minutes. Make sure you make a double batch because this cheesy, buttery, garlic toast will disappear in seconds!

Spicy Bombay Potatoes

Bombay potatoes served in a brown bowl
These Spicy Bombay Potatoes or Masala Aloo, are a great appetizer or side dish to any meal. Make them as a one-pot dish in just 20 minutes!


Non Alcoholic Apple Cider Sangria

Apple Cider Sangria served in a glass
Easy to make and delicious, this Non Alcoholic Apple Cider Sangria is a refreshing drink to celebrate fall!

I am just making one drink and keeping it simple. We will be getting a nice bottle of wine for the adults.

Main course and Side dishes

Roasted Whole Cauliflower Tikka

Whole Cauliflower cooked and served in a tomato sauce
Oven Roasted Whole Cauliflower Tikka with a creamy tomato based sauce. A great vegetarian option for your Thanksgiving table!

Instant Pot Whole Tandoori Chicken

Whole Tandoori chicken served on a black plate
Tender, juicy & packed with flavor, here’s a fail-proof Instant Pot recipe for Whole Tandoori Chicken, a classic Indian style Roasted Chicken. Enjoy this low-carb, keto & gluten-free recipe.

I’ll probably make the whole Tandoori chicken or Turkey breast.

Tandoori Turkey Breast

Tandoori turkey breast served with rosemary and cranberries
Easy recipe for Tandoori Turkey Breast that’s juicy and crispy-skinned. This star of the table can be prepared in the Instant Pot or oven with homemade gravy and cilantro lime crema to pass around.

This soup was the star of the dinner last year and I can’t wait to make it again.

Instant Pot Thai Butternut Squash Soup

A square photo of Instant pot butternut squash soup in a blue bowl being held by two hands.
With the soup season almost here, you need to try this Thai Butternut Squash Soup. This mildly spiced soup is a great way to use all the fresh butternut Thai Butternut Squash Soup made in the Instant Pot. This vegan and gluten-free soup is packed with all the warm fall flavors and makes a comforting…

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes served in a black bowl
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes – If you have been getting store-bought mashed potatoes, then I would suggest you give this Instant Pot recipe a try. It is a classic recipe that can be made in under 30 minutes and with very little effort. 

Gravy recipe – Here’s the link to the one I am going to make – Easy chicken gravy.

Instant Pot Steamed Brussels Sprouts with Honey Garlic Glaze

A black bowl of cheese topped steamed and sautéed Brussel sprouts with a silver fork poking into a Brussel sprout on a grey counter.
Easy to make steamed Brussels sprouts come together in 20 minutes with the Instant Pot for the perfect weeknight dinner side dish.

Instant Pot Honey Glazed Carrots

An overhead shot of honey glazed carrots served in a white bowl
Honey glazed Instant Pot carrots – Learn how to steam carrots in the Instant Pot and glaze them to make this delicious side dish. This carrot side dish is perfect for busy weeknights and for holiday dinners. 

Instant Pot Green Beans with Garlic & Lemon

Green Beans served with a side of lemon
These perfectly steamed Instant Pot Green Beans have a fresh crunchy texture. Saute with butter & garlic, drizzle some lemon juice for a delicious side dish.

Homemade Slider Buns (Ladi Pav)

Dinner rolls served on a wooden platter
These pillow-like Mini Slider buns are not only easy to make at home, they’re also quite versatile to be paired with a variety of fillings!

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Chutney served in a glass jar
Sweet, tart and so delicious, Cranberry sauce is a jelly like relish made by cooking cranberries & sugar. Its the perfect compliment to our holiday dinners!


For dessert, I am going to make Sweet Potato casserole with marshmallows – looks easy and it is just like the one I had in mind. I am planning to skip the eggs though.

If it doesn’t turn out well, I am planning to get pecan pie from the store as a backup.

What to do with leftover mashed potatoes

When I have leftover mashed potatoes, these are the recipes I go to –

Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

Two hands cupping a black bowl filled with cheesy Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Made from leftover mashed potatoes, there are four good reasons to love this Broccoli cheddar soup recipe – it is gluten-free, vegetarian, tastes just like the Panera version and needs only 20 minutes when you make it in an Instant Pot!

Leftover Mashed Potato Muffins

An overhead shot of leftover mashed potato muffins stacked on a blue plate
Got leftover mashed potatoes? Turn them into these cheesy potato muffins effortlessly. It is perfect for breakfast or as a side dish. It freezes well too! 

For more Thanksgiving recipe ideas, check out these posts

  1. 45 Vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes by Manali (Cook with Manali)
  2. 15+ Thanksgiving Vegetarian side dishes by Aneesha (Spice Cravings)
  3. 15+ Vegetarian Instant Pot Thanksgiving recipes by Meeta (Piping Pot Curry)

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