How much can you eat ? A real lot evidently. Especially if you’ve come prepared by skipping breakfast !
The thali is India’s most famous food preparation, yes- much more than tandoori and tikka masala. And since we have so many states and cultures, there are that many drool worthy versions of the thali.
The word “thali” actually means plate, generally of steel or brass or silver, depending on where you stand in the pecking order. Versions of thali and tandoor were discovered in excavations of the Indus Valley Civilisation sites-( 3500-2500 BCE). -Thali is also the term used to refer to a lavish traditional Indian meal , with a plethora of delicacies and staples of that region. Everything is served by an army of trained servers at a rapid fire pace, with military precision, after asking each guest his choice, from a contraption that holds 4 serving bowls. The items are placed into small bowls called katori , so that nothing gets mixed up. Nary a spill. Always with a smile. It’s a class act . -The purpose of the thali is to provide a complete balanced meal with all food categories . Also, the thali must be a melange of flavours -salty, sour, bitter, spicy and sweet . So there would be a couple of starters, some salad, an assortment of breads, at least 4 types of vegetables , yoghurt , buttermilk, pickle, legumes, curries, rice, and 3 types of dessert.
This is no time to be prudent, you are expected to accept second and third servings graciously ! It’s unlimited food and hospitality.
When you finally totter out, you are grateful you don’t have to wash all that crockery! Swipe to see the table laid out . 🥘
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