Here’s How Brown Chefs are Celebrating Thanksgiving
Here’s How Brown Chefs are Celebrating Thanksgiving

From pumpkin biryani to sweet potato samosas, three Brown chefs share their favorite Thanksgiving meals.

Different pies (Wikimedia Commons)

Different pies (Wikimedia Commons)

Who gets to be called chef on Thanksgiving? We think everyone. We asked several South Asian Americans who think about food almost every minute of the day about how they’ll be celebrating today. From Roni Mazumdar, the co-owner of restaurants such as Adda, Rahi, and Masalawala, to Zareen Khan, who owns and operates several Zareen’s restaurants in California (a cult classic especially popular among Stanford students), to Khushbu Shah, restaurant editor at Food & Wine — they share some of their tips, Thanksgiving no-nos, and favorite ways to bring some South Asian flavors to the table (biryani baked in pumpkin anyone?).

Happy Thanksgiving.


Khushbu Shah

Khushbu Shah

Khushbu Shah, Restaurant Editor of Food & Wine Magazine

Where are you based right now?

I am currently hanging out in Michigan, where I grew up, before I make the move to Los Angeles. 

What does Thanksgiving mean to you and your family? How does your family celebrate Thanksgiving?

Honestly Thanksgiving has never been a giant deal to my parents. Most of my extended family is on the west coast, so we usually spend the Christmas break with them. Growing up, we used to have big Indian dinner parties with family friends for Thanksgiving with plenty of Indian food and then pie for th

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