If there was one meal that could possibly unite all Indians, it would undoubtedly be the ‘Thali’.
Fundamentally, a Thali means a plate comprising of 6 variants of sweet, salt, bitter, sour, tangy and spicy dishes on one single plate (varies with different geographical locations). A proper Thali should be the perfect balance of all these flavors and a fruit / dessert is often served at the end of the meal. To better put it, full paisa vasool.
Which brings us to the main question, what are the different types of exotic Thalis across India? Read on to find out the best India has to offer and a lucky winner will win a grand Thali. Find out how at the end of the post.
- Kolhapuri Mutton Thali:
Typically a Kolhapuri Mutton Thali consists of a dish of fiery mutton, a bowl of Tambda Rassa (red tangy curry), a bowl of Pandhra Rassa (white curry), a bowl of Kheema (mince meat),Chapatis and rice. Not recommended for the faint of heart and for those who have a low tolerance for spice.
- Mangalorean Ghee Roast Thali:
Mangalore is perhaps one of the only places in India to have 3 different cuisines (Bunt, Konkani and Catholic) in such a small area. The best part? All of them are equally loved and respected (Go Secularism!). One such preparation is the famous Ghee Roast (chicken/fish/veg). Consisting of rice, gravy, dry vegetables and Ghee Roast, this Thali will surely leave you wanting more. Who cares about calories, right?
- Goan Fish Curry Thali:
Leaving Goa without having this is considered a sin. In fact, being a fishetarian Indian and not having tried this is a bigger sin. Fresh fish curry, a piece of fried fish, dry vegetables and rice make up this masterpiece. A staple daily meal for most Goans. If you don’t get transported into a different, dreamy, spicier world of deliciousness, something is clearly wrong.
- Sadhya Thali:
Sadhya means banquet and that’s exactly what this Thali is about, served on a banana leaf and consisting of the choicest Keralite vegetarian fare. A normal Sadhya will have about 25 varieties and the Sadhya served for Onam (Valla Sadhya) has more than 65 items (not kidding).
- Litti Chokha Thali:
The highlight of this Thali is the Litti Chokha (a meal in itself). Litti is a dough ball made up of whole-wheat flour and stuffed with Sattu (roasted chickpea flour). Chokha is a mash of eggplant, potatoes and tomatoes. Other items include Baingain Bharta, Alu Sabzi and copious amounts of Yoghurt. The dessert is always a surprise as Biharis love their sweets!
- Kutchi Thali:
Not many people have heard of this Thali which makes it all the more exotic. Best found around the bordering towns of Kutch (Rajasthan and Gujarat). The speciality here is the amazing variety despite the lack of spice and other major ingredients around the region. This massive Thali won’t disappoint. Consisting of Bajri Roti, fresh butter, Shrikhand, Undhiyu, Sev Tameta Nu Shaak, Odho (brinjal curry), Kadhi and much more, this Thaali will fill you till the brim, especially after the massive glass of Chaas (buttermilk) which is typically served.
- Kathiyawadi Thaali:
Undoubtedly the pride of Gujarat, the Kathiawadi Thali is the size of a football field and requires a stomach of steel to complete it. Fit for a king, this Thali consists of Khaman Dhokla, Raasawala Dhokla, Bajra Bhakri, Methi Thepla, Kathiawadi Akha Adad, Kathiawadi Stuffed Onion, Kathiawadi Dhokli Nu Shaak,Ringan Batete Nu Shaak, Dal, Dal Dhokli, Khichidi Kadhi, Chaas and a lot of other unpronounceable, complicated sounding dish names. Stuffed after just reading it? Try it to believe it!
- Wazwan Thali:
A dream come true for a diehard non-vegetarian, this Kashmiri delight will floor you. Literally, you’ll be down there from sheer overeating. Just the pure sight of this Thali will bring tears to your eyes (tears of joy). The original Wazwan meal consists of Rista (meatballs in a fiery red gravy), Lahabi Kabab(mutton kababs cooked in yogurt), Doudha Ras (mutton cooked in sweet milk), Rogan Josh (lamb cooked with Kashmiri spices), Tabak Maaz (ribs of lamb), Daniwal Korma (a mutton curry with coriander), Waza Palak (green spinach cooked with mutton balls), Aab Gosh (lamb cooked in milk curry), Marchwangan Korma (spicy lamb), Ruwangan Chhaman (cheese squares with Tomato gravy), Dum Alu, Muji Chetintin (radish and walnut chutney), Phirni (rice dessert)…“Drops mouse on the floor, picks up jaw, wipes away excess saliva and runs to find a Wazwan Thali”.
- Bengali Thali:
From the artistic state of West Bengal, this quintessential Bengali Thali consists of Dal, Spinach, Shukto (bitter gourd stew), chutney, rice, Luchis (Puri) and Chingrir Malai Curry (prawn curry), roasted Katla Maach (Katla fish) and Kosha mangsho (mutton curry). For those who love their food mild and non spicy, this is amrut for you. Your tummy will be full but your heart will demand more.
- Thakali Thali:
Named after a province in Nepal, the Thakali Thali is famous among most North Eastern states in India. In this Thali you can find Sukuti (goat meat), Kanchamba (buckwheat chips), Potato/Veg curry, Dal and rice. A short and sweet Thali full of rich Himalayan flavours. Goes perfect with a Rice Beer!
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