Indian Inspired Thanksgiving – DIY Projects, Recipes and More!

With Thanksgiving around the corner, Luxemi’s here to help you infuse some ethnic flavor into your Turkey Day celebration. Try these recipes and DIY projects to spice up your Thanksgiving dinner!

Madhur Jaffrey’s Bengali-Style Tomato Chutney (makes 2 ½ cups)

 best indian chutney recipes

This Thanksgiving, ditch the canned cranberry sauce and opt for this delicious tomato chutney! It’s an easy way to add flavor to that roasted turkey, and will be just as tasty on Black Friday when you’re eating all those leftovers.


2 tablespoons olive, canola, or peanut oil
1/2 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon whole brown or yellow mustard seeds
1/4 teaspoon whole fennel seeds
2 cups tomato puree, canned or homemade
1 1/2 teaspoons very finely grated peeled fresh ginger
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons golden raisins (optional)


1. Pour the oil into a medium-size pan and set over medium-high heat. When hot, add the cumin and mustard seeds. As soon as the mustard seeds begin to pop (it should only take a few seconds), add the fennel seeds.

2. A few seconds later, add the tomato puree, ginger, vinegar, sugar, pepper flakes and salt. Stir and bring to a simmer. Once bubbling, turn heat down to low and cook, uncovered, stirring now and then, for about 50 minutes.

3. Add the raisins and cook another 10 minutes. The chutney should be thick and have a glazed appearance. Put the chutney into a jar, allow to cool, and refrigerate.

Madhur Jaffrey’s Sweet and Sour Pumpkin (makes 4-5 servings)

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We love the idea of swapping mashed potatoes for this flavorful, soulful sweet and sour pumpkin dish. It’s got all the essential Indian spices, plus that comfort food feel that we associate with Thanksgiving.


3 tablespoons mustard oil or olive oil
A generous pinch of ground asafetida
1/2 teaspoon whole brown or yellow mustard seeds
4 cups (1 1/4 pounds) peeled and seeded pumpkin, cut into 3/4- to 1-inch pieces (can also substitute butternut squash)
3/4 to 1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon plain yogurt
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro


1. Pour the oil into a frying pan and set over medium heat. When hot, add the asafetida and mustard seeds. As soon as the mustard seeds start to pop (it should only take a few sconds), add the squash. Continue to cook, stirring, for about 3 minutes, or until the squash pieces just start to brown.

2. Add 1/4 cup of water, cover, turn heat to low, and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the squash is tender.

3. Add the salt, sugar, cayenne and yogurt. Stir and cook, uncovered, over medium heat until the yogurt is absorbed and no longer visible. Sprinkle in the cilantro and stir a few times.

DIY Lotus Origami Placeholders

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Remember making origami fortune tellers when you were a kid? This simple origami project is a lot like that, except you’ll end up with super cute lotus flowers. Use these as table decorations, or write your guest’s name on one of the leaves to make personalized place cards.

Check out the entire tutorial, courtesy of Paint Me Plaid. It’s really easy — we promise!

DIY Saree Table Runner

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Have a saree you’ve worn a few too many times but can’t bear to part ways with? Try making it into a festive table runner to give your Thanksgiving table the Indian treatment. Just make sure the table runner is a few feet more narrow and a few feet longer than your table dimensions.

Luxemi is so thankful for all our Luxe fans. And just to show our love and gratitude, we’re offering free shipping the entire week of Thanksgiving!

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