Indian Mini Thali: 5 Quick And Easy Recipes For A Healthy Lunch


Indian cuisine is as vast and elaborate as its culture. Each region has a huge range of unique foods and drinks to offer, making it difficult for us to try everything at once. In fact, you will surely miss something or the other every time. Therefore, various food experts suggest opting for traditional thalis, which bring the best of classic delicacies to a plate. If you explore, you will find that each region has its traditional thali – there is Punjabi thali, South Indian thali, Bengali thali, Pahadi thali, Nepalese, etc. Similarly, we also find something called family thali (or homemade thali). Wondering what homemade thali is? It’s basically a collection of comfort foods that we eat on a daily basis. And yes, this thali is not as full as the traditional thalis that you order in the restaurant. Here we bring you a few such recipes that occupy a constant place in a homemade Indian thali.

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Here are 5 quick and easy recipes for making a complete Thali lunch:

1. Jeera Rice:

An Indian meal is simply not complete without rice. It is comforting and provides you with a good amount of carbohydrates for a complete diet. You can either have plain steamed rice or add a tadka (of ghee, jeera and chili pepper) to it to make aromatic jeera rice. Let’s find out some easy tips for making non-sticky rice. Click here to find out more.

2. Roast:

The next important dish in a thali is roti. In fact, we can’t think of a meal without at least one roti on the menu. You can pair it with dal, sabzi, and pickle, and enjoy a healthy meal any time of the day. But making roti isn’t as easy as it looks. Either you are wrong with the dough or the shape of the roti while rolling it. Don’t worry, 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 find out more.


What’s the first dish you think of when someone mentions Indian comfort food? The most common answer will be dal-chawal or dal-roti. Dal is not only packed with protein and other health-promoting properties, but it is also absolutely delicious. Here we bring nine of the most popular dal recipes from all over India which can be paired with your daily meal. Click here for dal recipes.

4. Aloo Jeera:

Let’s agree, there is something very comforting about aloo jeera that we come back to again and again. Accompany it with rice, roti or bread, aloo jeera helps elevate your dining experience in no time. Here we bring the classic aloo jeera recipe to add to your thali. Click here for the recipe.

5. Kheir:

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 picked out six of the most popular kheer recipes from all over India for you. Let’s take a look at the recipes.

Apart from the above dishes, a thali also consists of delicious sides like raita, salad, achar and papad. These sides enhance the taste of your meal! So, never forget to include them while preparing a homemade thali.

Try it today and enjoy a healthy lunch at home!


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