India is a diverse country with varied traditions and people. The same goes when it comes to its food too. Out of the many traditional varieties of food in India, “thali” is one such way of trying Indian food, where in you get an assortment of mouth-watering and delicious dishes of a region in one single large platter or “thaal”.
Making it a complete meal in itself, the quintessential Indian thali is a cultural exploration that comprises of almost everything of a region – from side dishes to snacks to main course and desserts, that one platter is unique to every locality and indeed an explosion of flavors. The word ‘Thali’ in India, means a large dish or a plate. With time the word essentially now means a complete meal that composes of a variety of dishes in small katories or bowls, arranged on a large plate or platter and served with culture and tradition wrapped in it’s every bite and sight.
As you move from one Indian region to other, the presentation and the foods in the thali changes showcasing India rich diversity and cultural traits that has amalgamated in its food too! One can never say that, this thali is better than that, because each one of them has its special magical powers to make you mesmerised with it and leave you wanting for more.
As your food tour India begins, let’s guide you with some of its prominent thali places that promises implacable thali food.
1. Suruchi, New Delhi
You get to experience three different thalis here in this restaurant in Delhi. The famous North India or Punjabi Thali, Rajasthani Thali and Gujrati Thali. Their Rajasthani Thali has been rated very high by diners and is also the best of the three that they serve, especially the Dal Baati Choorma, Methi Bajra poori and Ghevar.
Cusinine : Punjabi, Rajasthani and Gujrati (All Vegetarian)
Price per Thali : INR 300
2. Rajdhani, New Delhi
Everything is popular with this place, and especially who doesn’t want to stop eating. The servers keep on refilling the dishes on your plate till you ask them to stop. The menu is predominantly Rajasthani and Gujrati, and changes every day and with season.
Cuisine : Rajasthani and Gujrati (all Vegetarian)
Price per head : INR 400 to 475
3. 6 Ballygunje Place, Kolkata
Typically delectable Bengali food served in thalis in this place. Serves both veg and non-veg specialities of Bengal.
Cuisine : Bengali (Veg and Non-Veg)
Price : INR 500
4. Revival Restaurant, Mumbai
Serves great North Indian and Rajasthani thalis that has been a hit among all visitors.
Cuisine : North Indian and Rajasthani (Veg & Non-Veg)
Price per thali : INR 450
5. Friends Union Joshi Club, Mumbai
Serves delectable traditional Gujrati home-cooked meals in the form of thalis. Has kept the tradition alive for than 100 years now.
Cuisine : Gujrati (Only veg)
Price per thali : INR 300
6. Choki Dhani, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Set across in a traditional village theme, the restaurant allows its visitors to enjoy traditional folk dance and music along with mouth-watering Rajasthani food.
Cuisine : Rajasthani
Price : INR 600 to 950
7. Mavalli Tiffin Room, Bangalore
This place is a legendary eatery of Karnataka. From its welcome drinks to the desserts, all are highly rated by its diners.
Cuisine : Karnatak
Price per thali : INR 180
8. Sangeetha Veg Restaurant, Chennai
Serves an array of cuisines from South Indian to North India, Chinese and street food, this place is a casual dining restaurant and is highly rated.
Cuisine : South Indian, North Indian, Chinese and street foods (all veg)
Price : INR 250
9. Ponnusamy Hotel, Chennai
Serves Chennai largest thali meal that comprises of more than 50 items from starters to desserts.
Cuisine : Chettinad and Chinese
Price : INR 350 to 650
10. Ohanna’s, Mumbai
In their newly opened outlet in Andheri, they have introduced a Chinese thali and it has been making news amongst food lovers ever since.
Cuisine : Seafood, Biryani, North Indian, Chinese, Hyderabadi, Mughlai, Asian and Lebanese
Price : INR 600 to 800