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De Thali


From momos to traditional Nepalese thali, we tell you where to find the best spread on a platter

The best part about ordering a thali is the fact that you get everything you love in small portions in one big plate. Opting for a thali not only takes away the stress of what to pick from the menu, but in some places gives you a three course meal — salad, main course and dessert. Considering the price point, thali is an economical option and a full meal in itself. So here is the lowdown of where you can have meals on a platter.

For a traditional spread…

There was a time when there was only one restaurant that was known to serve a Rajasthani thali. We knew that at Khandani Rajdhani we would get more than 20 dishes to try. With more thali options being introduced in the city, Khandani Rajdhani still remains as the restaurant known for serving a feast on the table with the huge thali. To keep up with the competition, they are serving a special monsoon thali called Maharaja thali. It serves monsoon delicacies such as Rajasthani kadhi muthiya, green peas kachori, mirch wadas, mogerdal wakahwadi, Rajasthani dal vada, bhindi kurkure and many more dishes. Other restaurants that are serving thalis in the city are Kathputli, Raasta, Social and The South Delhi Kitchen.

Momos, Thai food and mezze platter in a thali

Kathputli is also serving a Marwari thali that comprises 28 dishes including dal, batti, choorma, gutta curry, Bikaneri parantha, khichidi, bajra roti and sweets. The South Delhi Kitchen knows how much Delhiites love momos and therefore they have introduced a Momos thali where you will get five varieties of momos. You can savour Pizza momos, juicy chicken and cheese momos, creamy paneer momos, classic veg momos and Oreo momos that are served with ice cream and chocolate sauce. Chef and owner Roma shares, “We wanted to do something different, which resonates with our theme of ‘community eating’ where strangers can share their tables, meals and even their bills. One of the hottest selling items on our menu are our momos and there was no better way of sharing them than ordering a momos thali, which has everyone’s favourite variety.”

International cuisines served in Indian thali

At Social, you can have the Thai thali and Achmed’s Mezze thali. Thai thalicomprises green curry, rice, raw papaya salad, crackers and Goan prawn pickle, with an option to add chicken while the Achmed’s Mezze thali is similar to the mezze platter that serves falafel, hummus, baba ghanoush, tabouleh, cheese awesomosas and pita bread. Chef Shamsul Wahid thought of adding these cuisines to a thali because he thinks that besides being a good value proposition, thalis are valued more and are very filling. He says, “Thalis are the perfect meal to share and offer the possibility of combinations.”

Other regional favourites you can try

To savour regional cuisines apart from the usual Marwari and Gujarati cuisines, Raasta is serving Thakali, Tibetian, Nepalese and Newari thali. Here you can have dal, rice, fried karela, mooli ka achar, gundruk sadeko, rai ko saag and curd. Curry is optional. One can order Kokra Ko Ledo, Khassi Ko Ledo, Macha ko Ledo or Pork Curry, any one of the options along with the thali.

Source: DNA India

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