Allergy Free Sri Lankan Thanksgiving

I have to admit, I am still in denial that I need to return back to the "real-life" after having a life-changing experience in Sri Lanka.

Immediately prior to my flight home, I became very ill. I managed to make it through all of my flights (with some delays) and arrived back to the U.S in Philadelphia, PA - walked outside and BOOM - reality smacked me right in the face. The temperature was much lower than when I had left, snow was falling, and my sister, who thought she was providing a gift to me, was placing holiday music! NO! My brain was racing, can I afford to just turn right back around and head back to Sri Lanka?

Then reality sinks in and you realize that life goes on and for now, you need to get back to your normal routine as quickly as possible.

Monday was rough - still not feeling well, I struggled to get back to work and recall falling asleep at one point in time. Tuesday was another rough day and I escaped back to my parents' - (yes, I am a grown adult but sometimes you need a parents' help) and Wednesday I said, "I need a Thanksgiving dinner!". I tried to think about what I wanted and realized I was only satisfied with the thoughts of Sri Lankan foods. Solution - it is my holiday, and I will make whatever it is that makes me happy - so my American Thanksgiving Holiday is about to receive a spin to it!

I made my own version of a Kitchari Dal spin and a beet curry.

Ingredients:
- Turmeric
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Star Anise
- Curry
- Garlic
- Ginger
- Water
- Dal
- Rice

- Beets
- Spicy Pepper
- Onion
- Curry
- Dried Coconut
- Turmeric
- Ginger
-Black Pepper

I didn't get too many odd looks when I whipped out my "Turkey-Meal" and it brought me comfort so I would say it was a win!

This year I am grateful for - the progress I have made in the last 3 years and the opportunities that are open to me for the future. 

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