Where’s the Gujju Gang at? Kathiawadi thali is a very delicious vegetarian food platter that hails from Kathiawar which is a peninsula in Gujarat. Contrary to popular belief, this thali isn’t sweet, rather spicy along with a tinge of sweetness.
Kathiawadi Thali includes tindora nu shaak, sev tamatar nu shaak, kathiawadi dhokali nu shaak, bakhri, tikhari, bharela ringan, and vaghareli khichdi.
It also has kesar shrikhand and buttermilk. If you would visit Gujarat around summers, then you could also have the appetizing Aamras (mango pulp) which comes with the thali.
A Kerala Thali is served on a banana leaf. The dishes are generously made with coconut oil, coconut milk, rice, and curry leaves. Kerala Thali comprises puliserry, avial, fish curry, sambar, thoran, pickle, pachadi, rasam, papadum, and olan.
Lastly, there’s sharkara varatti, and ada pradhaman for desserts. The thali is wholesome and fulfilling.
Rajasthan is all about its spices, royalty, and culture. These aspects are reflected in the Rajasthani Thali. Made with lots of ghee, Rajasthani Thali includes dal baati churma, rotis of bajra, makka, jowar, or missi roti, panchmela dal, ker sangria, boondi chaas, pulao, and papad. The thali has moong dal ka halwa, imarti, and goond ka ladoo for dessert. The non-veg thali includes laal-maas (spicy muttons) served with these dishes.
A Maharashtrian Thali has a mix of both veg and non-veg options. Though people can choose their items as per their preference. The thali is rich in spices and tastes extremely delicious. It consists of kothimbir vadi, bhakri roti, pitla, bhajis, like vangyache bharit, batatyachi bhaji, or matkichi bhaji, amti, mutton kolhapuri, andhra rassa, and kosimbir.
Also, it has the famous puran poli and a yogurt based drink mattha.
As soon as you hear about Bengali Thali, you know there’s going to be fish and rice. Bengali thali has a combination of spicy and subtle dishes. It balances out all the flavors. The thali includes shukto, patol bhaja, shak, chholar dal, alu bhaate, begun bhaja, machher jhol, maach bhaja, mutton curry, chadachadi, and delicious chutneys (papaya, mango, tamarind).
Moreover, the meal gets completed with the desserts payesh and mishti doi which happens to be rice and milk pudding and sweet yogurt respectively.
Kashmiri Thali incorporates lots of meat and rice. The thali looks scrumptious, and you can’t wait to dig into that big plate of happiness for your stomach.
A Kashmiri thali includes Yakhni, Kashmiri dum aloo, kebabs, rogan josh, Kashmiri pulao, and khatte baingan (saucy aubergine). The meal also has salad, yoghurt, and pickle to accompany the dishes.
For desserts, there’s Shahi Phirni, a rice pudding topped with soaked saffron.
Punjabis are famous for their appetite and food. Punjab is known as ‘The Bread Basket of India’. The food that you get in Punjab has an impeccable taste. The exclusive Punjabi Thali includes pindi chole, the very famous Amritsari aloo kulcha, dal makhani, sarson ka saag, rajma chawal, makke di roti, pakoda Kadhi, jeera rice, and pickles of carrot, cauliflower, and turnip.
Also, it has also has gud (jaggery) and sweet lassi as desserts. The non-veg thali incorporates Amritsari fish and butter chicken. You are surely going to get hooked to this Punjabi Thali.
It’s time to have a look at the North-eastern Thalis. Assamese cuisine is differentiated by its slow cooking method. It uses a lot of animal products in its dishes.
The Assamese thali includes khar, masor tenga, narasingh masor jhol, poitabhat, pitika, bor, and pickle. There’s rice cakes also known as pitha for desserts. The thali is simple and flavorsome.
One can’t leave Goa when it comes to food. Seafood is a staple dish for the people living in Goa. The non-vegetarian thali is more popular in Goa than the vegetarian one. Though at times, people prefer having a mix of non-veg and veg food in the thali. A typical thali of Goa includes sheet kodi nustea kismur, cabbage foogath, prawn caldin curry, kele ambat, pork/vegetable vindaloo, and poee.
The meal is served with a kokum-coconut drink called sol kadi. For desserts, you have the delicious Goan babana halwa. The next time you visit Goa, have this thali for a wholesome Goa food tour.