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Queens Immigrants Spice Up Thanksgiving Traditions

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As families gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving, some immigrants in Queens are adding new flavor to an old tradition. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.

Thanksgiving is Tejbeer Kaur's favorite American holiday, but you won't find many traditional American meals at the dining table. Inside her Jamaica home, there's an Indian-style turkey. And taking the place of things like stuffing and cranberry sauce are Daal, Roti and Go-bi-Alu.

Kaur is doing a lot of the cooking this year for her in-laws and extended family. And as a new immigrant from Punjab, India the holiday has great meaning for her.

"So many long years ago the pilgrims came from England and they were very scared if Americans would accept them or not. It's the same like so many people come from different countries still," Kaur said.

Kaur has lived in the United States for five years. In order to cook for her large Sikh family, she and her husband will make several trips to the grocery store to get all the ingredients.

While they were finishing up their shopping, NY1 decided to check some of the foods people from other cultures are dishing up this Thanksgiving.

Ruschell Boone: You're from Guyana?

Queens resident Yes. So we like the baked chicken and different kinds of rice.

"I'm from Grand Bahamas and we have turkey, ham, crab and rice, pumpkin," said one Queens resident.

"We usually eat fufu. It's an African food. It's made with yams," said another.

"I'm from Trinidad and Tobago and we do macaroni pie," said a third.

While many enjoy the flavors of their homeland, those who spoke with NY1 say they're thankful to celebrate a new tradition here in the U.S.

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