I can’t recall a time I haven’t gone home for Thanksgiving. It’s just habit. Thanksgiving at home varies. It could be semi-traditional or just a simple dinner. This year, I opted to stay behind for various reasons. The day itself was uneventful. I watched enviously as friends posted photos of the food they were eating, the fun they were having with family, and the food comas that followed. I almost wanted to unplug but didn’t. I shouldn’t let my jealousy ruin their fun.
The next day is when the magic happened. I didn’t have anything in particular planned and it would have been more of the same “vicariously living through my friends as they continue talking about Thanksgiving” but hooray for technology and text messages. This text message was from my dear friend Mahesh who wanted to try out a chocolate bread pudding recipe. Not keen on bread pudding or staying home, I reluctantly agreed just for his company.
We began our adventure at Trader Joe’s where we gathered ingredients for the decadent bread pudding. Ignoring calorie counts, we grabbed a bar of dark chocolate, 16 oz of heavy whipping cream, butter, eggs, sugar, and dark rum to assemble a bread pudding that would have to soak overnight before we could bake it and tell if our attempt had succeeded or not. After that trip, the idea struck us that we should probably make a meal to go with all this and hey since we’re both Indian why not something Indian? Duh. He’s from the south and I’m from the north. The flavor profiles are quite unique but one thing we do agree on is the spice variable. We shopped at a local Irvine store, Wholesome Choice, which is a smorgasbord of all things cultural food. We gathered everything possible to make a raita and a chicken biriyani and some munchies to snack on later.
And now you’ll have to forgive me because there are no recipes. While we did loosely follow a few tips from a book, we mostly winged it or guessed on the portions. The end result was delicious though and made for a successful non-traditional Indian Thanksgiving feast.