Hindu Thanksgiving: Just Say No to Turkey Propaganda

Hindus in the U.S. can enjoy a vegetarian family meal on Thanksgiving.


11/25/2005 01:45:59 AM

On another note, while doing his homework the other day my middle-schooler just pointed out, “Looking at the images of the poor turky in the oven all over the place, I am thankful that I am not a turkey today.” My hats off to Kshamakaram : ) - Sucheta


11/25/2005 01:45:30 AM

Some of my neo-vegetarian friends have found this recipe to be great not only because of the taste but because the tradition of sharing the same food item which is placed in the center of the family dinner table on Thanksgiving day brings back nostalgia. The baked cauliflower is a substitute which ‘helps bring them back’ in the family tradition. It may sound silly to us but as I found out thru my friends, becoming a vegetarian is an uphill job for once meat eaters as they not only have to deal with personal, familial and societal aspects but more importantly they have to learn the skill of vegetarian cooking and be a vegetarian in a non-vegetarian culture.


11/25/2005 01:44:59 AM

I thank Ms. Narayan for this article which has much relevance on Thanksgiving for us Hindus. Since we are on the topic of recipes, here is my favorite for the Thanksgiving: Baked Cauliflower: Remove the leaves from the cauliflower head, do not cut but thoroughly wash it. Next, boil it lightly in salted water in a big pot. Now prepare a thick sauce with onion, tomatoes and spices based on your taste. Then first pour and spread this sauce over the cauliflower head and then put some fresh cilantro and some ghee/oil over it. Lastly cover it with an aluminum foil and bake it for half an hour on the medium heat.


11/24/2005 04:07:44 PM

Have been a vegetarian since 1976. This is my first Thanksgiving in over 5 years that I do not have to cook the turkey that I did not eat. My father died in March and I had cooked the turkey each year because my mother who has dementia thought he could do it [he had lung disease and congestive heart failure] just as he always had. It literally was to keep him with us. This is very bittersweet. I miss my father, but I do not miss cooking something that I do not eat. I am taking the family out to eat at a local hotel dining room. I will probably end up with some salad and a garden burger. Happy Thanksgiving.


11/21/2004 11:11:08 AM

After reading this wonderful article on vegetarianism and a Thanksgiving meal, I was struck in the head by the advertisement on the bottom of the page with a fully browned turkey and the South Beach Diet. Maybe the ads could be more incorporated with the spirit of the messages.


11/23/2003 06:59:45 PM

Jai Hanuman! Well said, Ms. Narayan! My family members are all Christian meat-eaters. I guess I'm the black sheep...being the vegetarian Hindu! Last year I had everything, excluding the turkey, stuffing, and gravy. This year I'm making Daal, veggie curry, stacks of naan...its gona be awesome, to say the least. I must admit, this quote made me chuckle, too! "My meal has the potential of going down in family legend as the worst feast in the history of Hinduism." Ha-ha! Thanks for sharing your insights with this 15-year-old from Massachusetts. GANESA SHARANAM SHARANAM GANESA! -Scott


11/26/2002 10:26:50 PM

Ms. Narayan, who wrote this article last year, still manages to make me laugh! "My meal has the potential of going down in family legend as the worst feast in the history of Hinduism." LOL Anyway, vegetarians don't have it too bad in the USA. I am a vegan--something unheard of to most hindus/indians--that means no meat, milk products, eggs, or honey (nothing of animal origin). So, as you can see, the traditional thanksgiving meal doesn't suit me. But, here's what I'm making (and it's all vegan): (1)Focaccia Bread with Burschetta (2)Minestrone Soup (3)Tofu "Turkey" with stuffing (4)Cornbread (5)Fajitas (6)Pumpkin Pie with (soy) ice cream Mmmmmm! Sounds beautiful--I think I'll get started! : ) Enjoy everybody! I know we all have a ton to be thankful for!


11/26/2002 04:41:23 PM

My compliments to Ms. Narayan on teaching all of Thanksgiving is something that we Hindus can celebrate, as well, irrespective of what food we have on our tables. It is after all a uniquely American holiday, in which we can give Thanks for all that we have and all that this country has provided; something that can and should be done by people of all faiths, at least once a year if not every day. While we are not planning on cooking anything special this year, we are planning to visit our local ISKCON temple, so that we can convey our thanks directly to the Deities, and join the community in the Annual All-Vegetarian Thanksgiving Feast that the temple conducts every year.