Fuelled with distinct aromas of every kind, arresting your tastebuds and assuredly bestowing us all with a variety of flavours – this is the promise Indian food delivers to us all. Anyone who’s ever tried thalis will agree that they’re in reality a delicious strategy to bring together the best of everything on one large plate. This beloved plate has a special place in all the states of India. There’s no clear winner amongst each of these thalis.
Here are some of the thalis you must simply try!
1. The Tamil Nadu Thali
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Items in this thali: boiled rice, a side of stir fried veggies typically known as ‘poriyal’, a gravy made of lentils and veggies, a tamarind based thick gravy called ‘kozhambu’ with meat or veggies, rasam and sambaar, fried rice crispies and payasam.
2. The Kerala Thali
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Items in this thali: A traditional dessert made with milk and rice flakes, red boiled rice, ginger-coconut based pickle’, an okra based dish called ‘vendakka khichadi’, a dish made of black eyed peas, ‘kaalan’ a yoghurt based dish made with yam and plantains, “aviyal’ a mixed vegetable gravy in coconut milk and “karimeen porichathu” a deep fried spiced fish.
3. The Goan Thali
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Items in this thali: Rice, fish fry, The Goan rice bhakri, Goan daali thoy, kele ambat, vegetable vindaloo, Goan kokum curry, and Goan banana halwa are constant features in this scrumptious thali.
4. The Maharashtrian Thali
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Items in this thali: Pickles, chicken and mutton fry. A mix of rice and rotis, served with a variety of bhajis or curries like batatyachi bhaji, vaangyache bharit and aamti, matkichi bhaji. Snacks – kandha poha and sabudaana vada. Danyachi usal and a tall drink of mattha. And for dessert, the pooran poli.
5. The Gujarati Thali
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Items in this thali: Rice, bread, rotli, and a vegetable curry called ‘shaak’. They also have a variety of snack items like, thepla, maal purah, puri, bhakhri, khakhra, dal-dhokli, chevdoh, dhokla, khaman, bhusu, fafda, dhokli, papdi, and sev mamra.
6. The Bengali Thali
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Items in this thali: Bengali rice pudding known as ‘payesh’, five types of vegetable fries – Aloo bhaja, Potol bhaja, Kumro bhaja, Begun bhaja, and Uuche bhaja, aromatic chutney and torkari daal. For dessert, rosogolla, mishti doi, Bengali rabri, gujiya and sondesh.
7. Assamese Thali
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Items in the thali: A special type of rice, masor tenga and khar, a vegetable preparation made using dried banana skin and a meat dish, usually either a chicken curry or duck curry with ash-gourd, kharoli, aloo pitika, and traditional sweet drink known as payox or kheer.
So there you have it, 7 delicious thalis to blow your mind! How about finding them all on Swiggy and ordering in for a perfect meal?