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. Chicken Kebab – Juicy, succulent, melt-in-mouth kebabs where chicken is marinated overnight in a mix of spices and yogurt Mixed Vegetable – medly of vegetables cooked in a spicy onion-tomato gravy. I will share the recipe soon Dal makhani – silky velvety dal makhani made with whole […]

Thali#11


  Click on below links for individual recipes. Dal fry – pigeon pea lentil (toor dal) cooked with onion, tomatoes and aromatic spices Aloo Capsicum – potato and capsicum cooked in a spicy onion-tomato gravy Kachumber salad – chopped cucumber, tomatoes, onion in lemon juice, salt, chilli powder dressing Naan – Soft, fluffy leavened flatbread […]

Thali#10



  This thali is sort of bit of this, bit of that platter. Click on below links for individual recipes From left to right, clockwise: Amaranth green stir fry – healthy, nutritious dish that is ready in less than 15 minutes Potato fry – thin potato wedges rubbed with turmeric and salt, and […]

Thali#9



  Click on below links for individual recipes. Vegetable Biriyani – Hydrabadi style vegetable dum biriyani. Rice and vegetables cooked with whole spices and finished off on ‘dum’ – absolutely aromatic and yum! Paneer Kofta – Cottage cheese and potato balls in onion-tomato gravy Raita – Whisked yogurt mixed with chopped onion and tomatoes and […]

Thali#7



  Click on below links for individual recipes. Dal fry – pigeon pea lentil (toor dal) cooked with onion, tomatoes and aromatic spices Aloo gobi – potato and cauliflower cooked in a spicy gravy Chicken curry – chicken pieces cooked in onion-tomato gravy Boondi raita – whisked yogurt mixed with boondi or tiny fried gram flour […]

Thali#6


Vegetarian Punjabi thali. A great change from my regular thalis and a delight to cook! Click on below links for individual recipes. Dal fry – pigeon pea lentil or toor dal cooked with onion, tomatoes and aromatic spices Matar paneer – yet another famous punjabi dish. Cottage cheese and green peas cooked in […]

Thali#5


Click on below links for individual recipes. Mysore rasam – Pigeon pea lentil or toor dal cooked with tomatoes and freshly ground spice mix. Our family favourite and DD’s soul food Zucchini palya – Juicy tender zucchini cooked with spices Beans palya – Beans cooked with mild spices and finished […]

Thali#4



  Click on below links for individual recipes. Lau dal– mung dal cooked with bottlegourd Bandhakopi torkari– cabbage cooked in Bengali style Begun bhaja – eggplant slices rubbed with salt and turmeric, and shallow fried Kachumber salad. This is our favourite salad. Chopped cucumber, tomatoes, onion in lemon juice, salt, […]

Thali#3