If you know me or have followed me through my food journey, you are well aware of my love for having an organised meal called thali (or a smaller version called mini-thali)
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. Thalis are not just a wonderful way to present your food and make it look very appetising, it is also a great way to control your portion size.
This page is a collection of both thalis and mini-thalis. They are both elaborate and festive, and also not-so-elaborate and simple. This is the food we all cook in our kitchens every day. Read on, feast your eyes, and create your thali or mini thali 🙂