Veg South Indian Thali Recipe | South Indian Lunch Menu List

Veg South Indian Thali Recipe | South Indian Lunch Menu List


Veg South Indian Thali Recipe | South Indian Lunch Menu List


The Veg South Indian Thali Recipe | South Indian Lunch Menu List with step by step photo and procedures. 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 the 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 South 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 for me and my spouse. It saves a lot of time and water as well. Mindful cooking and mindful eating is the key to a healthy life. 

Recipe - South Indian Vegetarian Thali.

Prep time - 20 | Cook time - 30 min | Total time - 50 min.
Cuisine - Indian.
Region - South Indian.
Course - Lunch
Author - Pavithra.


South Indian lunch menu list:


  1. Raw kachumber salad.
  2. Rice. 
  3. Cabbage carrot stir fry/poriyal.  
  4. Sweet Potato fry/varuval.
  5. Bele Saaru / Dal rasam
  6. Curd/Buttermilk.

How to prepare south Indian veg thali with step by step procedure?


1. To start with, keep the pressure cooker with little water on a medium flame. Let the cooker heats up and water comes to 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 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 lid and let it cook for 15 to 20 mins. 

2. In the meantime, wash and chop the veggies for carrot and cabbage curry. Also, slice the sweet potato for potato fry recipe. The entire veg chopping process should take around 10 to 15 mins. 

3. Take two Kadai or pan and place them separately on a medium flame. Pour a tbsp of oil in each pan. Temper it with cabbage carrot curry ingredients. In another pan, prepare for potato curry. Both the recipe takes 15 mins for cooking. 

4. Once the pressure is released, open the pressure cooker and take out the dal container. Mash the dal using 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 10 mins. 

5. In the meantime, let us make the kachumber salad which requires onion, tomato, and cucumber. For spice, you can sprinkle some pepper or red chili powder. This recipe takes only 5 mins.

6. Finally, temper the dal with mustard and cumin seeds, curry leaves, etc. Then garnish with cilantro and cover it with a lid.

7. Now it's time to serve all the dishes on a thali plate. Serve salad, rice, curries, dal rasam, and curd/buttermilk. You can also have it with papad, pickle, sweets, etc. 

Lunch thali looks colorful, isn't it? Would love to hear from you:)


Veg South Indian Thali Recipe | South Indian Lunch Menu List


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Veg South Indian Thali Recipe | South Indian Lunch Menu List





Veg South Indian Thali Recipe | South Indian Lunch Menu List






Veg South Indian Thali Recipe | South Indian Lunch Menu List


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