Indian cuisine is as extensive and elaborate as its culture. Every region has an extensive range of unique foods and drinks to offer, making it impossible for us to try it all at one go. In fact, you will surely miss out on something or the other every single time. Hence, various food experts suggest going for traditional thalis, which bring the best of the classic delicacies on one plate. If you explore, you will find every region has their traditional thali – there are Punjabi thali, South Indian thali, Bengali thali, Pahadi thali, Nepali, and more. Likewise, we also find something called homely thali (or homemade thali). Wonder what homemade thali is? It is basically an assembly of comforting foods that we eat on an everyday basis. And yes, this thali is not as extensive as the traditional thalis we order in a restaurant. Here we bring you a few such recipes that hold a constant position in an Indian homemade thali.
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Here’re 5 Quick And Easy Recipes To Put Together A Whole Lunch Thali:
1. Jeera Rice:
An Indian meal is just not complete without rice. It is comforting and provides you with a good amount of carbohydrates for complete nourishment. You can either have simple steamed rice or add a tadka (of ghee, jeera and red chilli) to it to prepare aromatic jeera rice. Let’s find out some easy hacks to make non-sticky rice. Click here to know more.
The next important dish in a thali is roti. In fact, we can’t think of a meal without at least one roti in the menu. You can pair it with dal, sabzi, and pickle, and enjoy a wholesome meal any time of the day. But making roti is not as easy as it seems. You either go wrong with the dough or the shape of the roti while rolling it. Fret not, we’ve got you covered. We bring some easy cooking tips that will help you make soft and fluffy rotis like a pro. Click here to know more.
What is the first dish you picture in mind when someone talks about Indian comfort food? The most common reply will be dal-chawal or dal-roti. Dal is not only brimming with protein and other health benefitting properties but is also absolutely delicious. Here we bring nine of the most popular dal recipes from across India that can be paired with your everyday meal. Click here for the dal recipes.
4. Aloo Jeera:
Let’s agree, there’s something very comforting about aloo jeera that we get back to it time and again. Have it with rice, roti or bread, aloo jeera helps elevate your meal experience in just no time. Here we bring the classic aloo jeera recipe to add to your thali. Click here for the recipe.
No meal seems complete without indulging in something sweet. We bring the classic Indian dessert – kheer – a recipe that will help you enjoy a complete meal experience. In fact, we have handpicked six of the most popular kheer recipes from across India for you. Let’s take a look at the recipes.
Along with the above dishes, a thali also consists of some delicious accompaniments like raita, salad, achar and papad. These accompaniments help your meal taste better! So, never forget to include them while putting together a homemade thali.
Try it today and enjoy a wholesome lunch at home!