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The Best Masala Turkey Recipe (courtesy of Nani-ma)

Masala Turkey is a Charaipotra tradition and it’s something we all look forward to every Thanksgiving. Sometimes the house is filled with cousins, friends, relatives, and sometimes it’s a small gathering of immediate family. One year, Sona made this for my family in California and it was a major hit. It’s super simple to make, and absolutely delicious. This year, Sona’s parents are leaving for India on Thanksgiving, so we did what anyone would do: we’re celebrating one week earlier.
Also check out the video underneath the recipe, taken on Kavya’s first taste of Thanksgiving Masala Turkey.

The Best Masala Turkey Recipe (courtesy of Sona’s Mum)

Cook Time: 5 hours

Total Time: 5 hours

The Best Masala Turkey Recipe (courtesy of Sona’s Mum)


  • 20 LB TURKEY
  • 1 yogurt (16oz)
  • 2 Sour Cream Containers (16oz each)
  • Handful of green chillies
  • 1 Tablespoon turmeric
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons minced ginger
  • 3 Tablespoons dhania-jeera powder (coriander and cumin seeds)
  • 3 Tablespoons Ajwain
  • 2 Tablespoons Chaat masala
  • To taste:
  • 1 T Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons Chilli powder (we tend to go a bit bonkers with this)


  1. Tenderize turkey
  2. In a large bowl, mix yogurt and sour cream. Set aside.
  3. Grind green chillis in grinder. Add garlic and ginger. Grind to a paste.
  4. Add to yogurt mixture. Add all of the spices.
  5. Marinate turkey. Leave in the fridge overnight (make sure you have extra marinade for basting)
  6. Place turkey and finger potatoes in a baking dish. Coat with more marinade.
  7. Roast in oven at 465 Fahrenheit for 30-45 minutes
  8. Reduce heat to 350 Fahrenheit. Roast for 3-4 hours.
  9. Remove the turkey from the oven and cover with foil. Let it rest for 20 minutes..
  10. Slice the turkey and serve.

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