Tom from Jindabyne, NSW Australia asks:
What’s Thali? Is it a type of Indian food?
Thali is actually a style of serving an Indian meal with contents varying from one regional cuisine to another. A thali is a selection of different dishes, usually served in small bowls on a round tray. The round tray is generally made with steel with multiple compartments, or flat and topped with small bowls. Typical dishes include rice, dal, vegetables, chapati, papad, yoghurt, small amounts of chutney or pickle, and a sweet dish to top it.
Depending on the region you are in, the thali consists of delicacies native to that region. The North Indian Thali starts you out with pooris, chapatis, different vegetarian curries, usually a sweet, and other miscellaneous items. The South Indian Thali comes with papad, rice delicacies and similar items from the North Indian.
Thalis sometimes go by the regional characteristic of the items they have. For example one may encounter a thali from Kerala, (pictured directly above), a Rajasthani thali (pictured top of page) or a Gujarati thali, as picture below.
Posted by Kurma on 26/6/07; 8:16:16 AM