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As per Wikipedia, the word "Thali" refers to a round platter that is used to serve a variety of foods. It is an Indian style full course meal served on a metal plate. Each and every state and region has its own way of serving food on the thali. Usually, the thali comprises six flavors which include sweet, salt, bitter, sour, astringent, and spicy on a single plate. As per our Indian food custom and Ayurveda, a proper and balanced meal should be a perfect balance of all these six flavors.

In today's recipe post, we are going to learn how to make a simple and healthy Indian vegetarian thali with step by step procedure. It just takes one hour to make this delicious meal. Every day, I prepare 5 dishes for our lunch which include salad, rice, dal, dry curry/poriyal, and buttermilk.

This is my usual style of cooking for the past few months. You may think it takes a lot of time to prepare. But if you plan ahead this entire thali can be prepared within 1 hour. Alright, let me show you how to prepare this veg thali with minimal effort and kitchen utensils. Yes, using fewer gadgets while cooking is very important to me. Arghhh...I hate washing dishes:(

This Indian thali recipe includes both South Indian recipe and north Indian recipes as well. 

If you are looking for a South Indian style lunch thali, refer to this recently posted South Indian thali recipe

Recipe - Vegetarian Indian Thali 

Prep time - 10 | Cook time - 30 min | Total time - 40 min.
Cuisine - Indian.
Region - South Indian and North Indian.
Course - Lunch/Dinner.
Author - Pavithra.

Indian lunch menu ideas:

1. Rice
2. Karnataka style bele saaru recipe / Dal rasam
3. Gujarathi Kadhi recipe
4. Cabbage dry curry

How to prepare veg Indian thali recipes with detailed step by step procedure?

1. To start with, keep the pressure cooker with water on a medium flame. Let the cooker heats up and water comes to a boil. This takes around 5 mins. Meanwhile, wash and rinse rice & dal separately and place it in a separate container. In dal container, add 1 roughly chopped tomato, a pinch of turmeric, 1 green chili, 1-inch ginger, a tsp of coconut oil. Place the container in the cooker and close it with a lid and let it cook for 15 mins.

2. In the meantime, wash and chop the cabbage for cabbage curry. The entire veg chopping process should take around 10 minutes. 

3. Take a Kadai or pan and place it on a medium flame. Pour a tbsp of oil in a pan. Temper it with mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, urad & channa dal, hing, and throw in the chopped cabbage. Saute for few mins and add salt and little water. Give it a nice mix and cover it with a lid. Let it cook on a medium flame for 10 to 15 mins.  

4. Meanwhile, let's prepare Gujarathi Kadi, take a huge bowl, and pour curd. Whisk it to a smooth consistency, then add besan flour and mix it until no lumps formed. Now pour water and blend the mixture nicely. 

5. Take a saucepan, heat a tbsp of ghee/oil, temper it and pour the curd besan mixture and allow it to boil for 15 min. 

6. For dal rasam, once the pressure is released from the cooker, open the lid and take out the dal container. Mash the dal using a wooden mathu/churner. Transfer the dal into a saucepan or Kadai. Add required salt and water and let it boil on a medium flame. The boiling takes around 10 mins.

7. Finally, temper the dal rasam/bele saaru with mustard and cumin seeds, curry leaves, etc. Then garnish it with cilantro and cover it with a lid.

8. Now it's time to serve all the dishes on a thali plate. Serve rice, cabbage curry, dal rasam, and Gujarathi Kadhi. You can also serve papad, pickle, sweets, etc.

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The Indian thali recipes are given below. Please click the below recipes for detailed step by step procedures and pictures.

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Veg Indian Thali Recipe | Indian lunch menu ideas | Indian lunch Recipes

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  1. Replies
    1. Thank you so much my dear Poorni:)

  2. Drawing our attention, your Satvik Thali reveals your wonderful presentation as well as perfection.
    Best wishes


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