Thali- The Full Balanced Meal

Thalis provide nutritionally complete and well balanced meals because of the nutrition and nutrients in the carefully chosen balance of ingredients in the various dishes.

  • Green Vegetable

    Green vegetables provide Vitamin A Vitamin B, Carotene, Iron, Calcium, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Folic Acid, Iron, and Potassium.

  • Dals (lentils)

    Dals are rich sources of protein, and in addition contain Phosphorous, Magnesium, Manganese, and Copper. Dals boiled with herbs and tomatoes, seasoned with spice and eaten with Chapatis or rice provide the amino-acid balance that constitutes complete protein.

  • Raita(yoghurt)

    Raita is a good source of Calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Phosphorous, as well as protein; it also introduces flora into the digestive system.

  • Cereal

    Cereal provides the carbohydrates. In addition the whole wheat provides nutrients such as Vitamin B1, B3, Zinc, Potassium, Magnesium, Chromium, Manganese, as well as roughage to aid digestion. Rice provides Iron, Thiamin, Niacin, and Folate.

  • Meat

    Meat provides protein.

  • Onions

    Onions provide selenium.

  • Spices

    Spices play an important role in keeping the intestines decongested. The properties of individual spices include being anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, digestive, and diuretic.

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Thalis – the key features

The Thali is the product of several key age-old aspects of Indian life:

  • The importance of nutritionally balanced meals
  • An interest in a variety of flavours and textures
  • The need for portion control to avoid overeating and ensure nutritional balance
  • A deep aversion to sharing food from communal serving dishes on grounds of hygiene.

The etiquette of eating the Thali

The Thali is best eaten by spooning a small portion of food from an individual dish into the area next to the rice, and then combining it with the rice, and then repeating this process in sequence. This enables the flavour of each dish to be appreciated individually. Do not either mix more than one dish simultaneously with the rice, or mixing the rice in the individual bowls. Chapattis are eaten with the food by using a piece of chapatti to scoop the food from one of the dishes.