Besides the jubilance and warm family gatherings, what is synonymous with Thanksgiving is the traditional food. The festival is celebrated with great pomp in the United States and the food, especially the tender turkey, is a significant part of it. A perfectly cooked turkey is usually a common sight on the dinner table in American households on Thanksgiving. While most of us may already be familiar with preparing a turkey, Indian-American celebrity Padma Lakshmi shared a slightly different recipe that you can definitely try this Thanksgiving.
In an Instagram Reel, Padma Lakshmi took us through the steps to prepare a lip-smacking turkey with a lassi twist. “A riff on my classic buttermilk brined turkey but with lassi! tenderizing meat in yoghurt is an age-old Indian practice,” she wrote.
To begin with the recipe, first, arrange the ingredient below.
For the brine or marinade:
Bay leaves – 8
Plain lassi – 4-6 bottles
Granulated sugar – ½ cup
Coarse sea salt – ½ cup
Black pepper – 1 tbsp
Ground cayenne pepper – 1 ½ tsp
For the turkey
Turkey – 1 whole with neck and giblets removed
Bay leaves – 20
Fuji or Honeycrisp apples – 3 cored and cut into wedges
Granny Smith apples – 2 cored and cut into wedges
Sliced fennel bulb – 2
Sliced red onion – 1
Sliced yellow onion – 1
Thyme – 1 small bunch
Fresh ginger – 10 slices
Garlic – 12 sliced cloves
Orange – 1 cut into 1-inch wedges
Toasted black pepper – 1 tbsp
Extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse sea salt
Follow the steps below to prepare the turkey:
Step – 1 Take a pot and pour the lassi into it.
Step – 2 Add sugar, black pepper, ground cayenne pepper, and bay leaves to the pot and mix everything.
Step – 3 Keep the turkey inside the pot and refrigerate it for three days. Remember to turn the turkey upside down every 12 hours.
Step – 4 Drain out the brine and remove the excess lassi.
Step – 5 Season the cavity of the turkey with sea salt and stuff it with black pepper, orange, lemon, ginger, garlic cloves, and bay leaves.
Step – 6 Take an oven tray and place yellow and red onion, fennel bulbs, bay leaves, ginger, black pepper, and thyme on it to prepare a bed for the turkey.
Step – 7 Place the whole turkey inside the tray and drizzle some olive oil on it. Then add apple wedges and rub the turkey with salt.
Step – 8 Cook the turkey in an oven and enjoy the feast.
Try this unique recipe for Thanksgiving meal.