TGIF: Matching Indian Movie Stars With the Correct Thanksgiving Dinner Items

Happy Day After Thanksgiving!!!!  Also known as, “the day I get to sleep in and then organize my life”.  I’m excited!  But also, taking a break because I will always always bring you your TGIF posts.

For those non-Americans, this is the deal with Thanksgiving.  For reasons that I am sure some dedicated food historian has tracked down, there is a specific set menu of fall seasonal items that you must always serve.  The exact version can vary, but you always MUST included these items.



Mashed Potatoes



Apple Pie

Pumpkin Pie

And after decades of aggressive advertising by green beans companies, sometimes green bean casserole.

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(Here is the classic Norman Rockwell painting of the whole dinner.  Part of his 4 Freedoms series, only no one likes to remember the other more controversial ones, like his Freedom of Religion.  Norman Rockwell was suuuuuper liberal)


I’ll start with the easy one, Madhuri is obviously apple pie.  Sweet, spicy, soft, seductive, everything.

(We use my grandmother’s recipe, which has cheese in the crust.  Kind of like Madhuri being sweet and sexy and spicy at the same time, you wouldn’t think the flavors would work together, but they really do)

Amitabh is the turkey, the center of it all, the thing it all revolves around.

(Now all I can see when I look at him is a turkey.  And vice versa)


Ayushmann Khurrana is Mashed Potatoes.  Good on his own, and makes everything else around him test better too, all without really forcing you to notice the taste.

(I love mashed potatoes.  And now I kind of want to see Badhai Ho again)

Stuffing can be dry and bland and terrible, or delicious and the best part of the meal.  So, I guess maybe Katrina?  Because she does tend to vary greatly film to film, mostly depending on the preparation.

(We use my other Grandma’s stuffing recipe which she learned from my great grandma.  It’s mostly butter, and it’s delicious)

Gravy.  To be used sparingly, but always the best part.  Shahrukh, I think.  Salty, addictive, almost too rich, but you put it on top of anything and it will taste better.  Also, kind of made from the drippings of the Amitabh turkey.

(I know if you’ve never had it, gravy sounds disgusting, but believe me it is delicious)

Cranberries.  Irrfan.  Refreshing, different, an unusual flavor all of its own within the meal.

(My Mom makes a frozen horseradish variety that is exactly what you need to balance out the rest of the meal)

Pumpkin Pie.  Some people like it better than apple, it’s a little creamier and richer and goes better with whipped cream.  Sridevi!

(We are one of those families that insists on whipping their own whipped cream.  It really is a lot better than store bought, but oh my gosh is it a surprising amount of work!)

And sometimes green bean casserole. It doesn’t really fit, and no one actually likes it, but there is so much promotion you just feel like you should try it at least once. Priyanka Chopra.

(You know that refreshing bite of cranberry relish?  This is my refreshing bite of meanness)


So, what do you think?  Agree or disagree? 

Different green bean choice?

And are there any dishes significant in your family that I missed?


7 thoughts on “TGIF: Matching Indian Movie Stars With the Correct Thanksgiving Dinner Items

  1. Why Shah Rukh is not Turkey? For me he is the most famous and known part of hindi cinema now. When you think: bollywood, he is first person that comes to your mind. Just like you think about Turkey when you hear “Thanksgiving”

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    • Strong argument! You aren’t the only one who suggested that to me. But then who would be the salty savory delicious gravy that coats everything?

      On Fri, Nov 23, 2018 at 2:08 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • Oh true, because gravy is something that covers and gives taste to everything. Though one. I would say the music, but it must be a person. I surrender!


  2. We would always start with homemade fruit cup – a delicious mix of nuts and fruits and lots of maraschino cherries. Nuts and fruits? Maybe Kangana? The meal always included a baked sweet potato casserole, shellacked with brown sugar. Sweet and tart like Prabhas? It ended with pie and a multi-colored and layered jello mold, filled with more fruit and nuts. It looked like something Ranveer would wear.


    • I love all these additions! Especially Ranveer as layered jello mold with fruit and nuts inside.

      On Fri, Nov 23, 2018 at 6:37 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  3. Oh I love all of these, and the additions! I have to say that I am a fan of green bean casserole, but only at Thanksgiving and Christmas, because it is a super rich dish. I actually do a home made version which starts from a real rue (browned butter and flour) instead of canned soup, and it does have a much deeper and more complex flavor. But I’m happy with green bean casserole matching with Priyanka, because when I like her, I really like her (Dil Dhadakne Do, Barfi, both of the new era Don’s).

    Who would be macaroni and cheese? Who would be dinner rolls (nice, soft, savory ones, not oversweet ones)? What dishes would Kajol and Rani be? Ajay? Ranbir?


    • Hmm, mac and cheese….. Maybe Varun. Rich, almost too much, and a little cheesy.

      Savory dinner rolls, Nawazuddin. Not enough to fill up for the whole meal, but add a special flavor to it.

      Kajol, the wine with the meal. A little challenging, a little adult, an acquired taste that you come to love. Definitely not too sweet.

      Rani, a really good green salad. Refreshing, complex, different from the rest of the table but helps bring out all the other flavors.

      On Sat, Nov 24, 2018 at 8:08 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



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