Thali Ideas

Thali literally translates to a round plate used for serving meals. Traditionally a metal plate made of stainless steel, brass or even silver is used for serving the meal. Different vegetables and meat in the form of curries and stir fries as well as lentils/dals are served in small bowls and roti/flatbread along with rice is kept directly on the plate. Usually, the thali consists of both main course and dessert and often includes salads and starters.

I absolutely love serving lunch or dinner to my family in the form of a thali. Whenever I can, I put together the regular dishes I cook as a thali. My typical thali is a combination of dal, vegetables/meat, rice, roti, salad, raita, and dessert. I think it’s a beautiful way of presenting my day-to-day cooking.

Here are some thalis I put up regularly. I hope you love them as much as we do and it inspires you to cook and serve a thali for your next meal.

Click on below links for individual recipes. Steamed rice Bittergourd fry – thinly sliced bittergourd or karela rubbed with salt and turmeric powder and shallow fried Salad made with fresh homegrown lettuce Mysore rasam – Pigeon pea lentil or toor dal cooked with tomatoes and freshly ground spice mix Cabbage dry curry – […]


  Happy Yugadi/Ugadi to everyone… Yugadi habbada shubhashayagalu 🙂 And like every festival, food was the highlight of our celebration. Our Yugadi celebration thali had: Lemon rice – a simple flavourful dish where cooked rice is tossed with an easy tempering and a generous serving of lemon juice Mysore rasam – Pigeon […]


  Click on below links for individual recipes. Amaranth Greens Stir fry – quick and healthy side dish where amaranth is stir fried with garlic and dry red chilli Eggplant Fry – slices of eggplant rubbed with turmeric and salt, and shallow fried Mysore rasam – Pigeon pea lentil or toor dal cooked […]


  Click on below links for individual recipes. Dal Makhani – silky velvety dal makhani made with whole black lentil, red kidney beans, and butter; and finished with a touch of cream Baingan Bharta – Eggplants roasted on open flame and finished off with onion, tomato and minimal spices Multi layer paratha – Triangle paratha […]


    Click on below links for individual recipes. Jeera Rice – basmati rice cooked with ghee, cumin seeds and green peas Dal fry – pigeon pea lentil or toor dal slow cooked with onion, tomatoes and aromatic spices Matar Paneer – Cottage cheese and green peas cooked in a rich creamy onion-tomato gravy Boondi […]