"By putting our beliefs into a meal, it ties my past with my kids' future," says Mr. Cardoz, whose sons are 12 and 16. "At some point, when they have their kids and they're doing their Thanksgiving tradition, maybe there will be something from India in there, and it will bring them back. It ties up the generations when you do this."
"I rub it all over the bird and under the skin too," he says. "It makes it more flavorful."