Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Great Indian Thali !

There are many things unique about India. Amongst the chief elements is the variety of the food palette that can cater to every single pore on your tongue. 

With the coming of the McDonalds, KFCs, Pizza stores and a variety of others the degree of standardization across the country is no joke! The walls are of the same hue. The uniforms are of the same colour. Even how they greet you is scripted. So much so, if you have been regular at a particular fast food chains outlet, you would exactly know what they are going to say next !  So much for ‘standardization of user experience’.

But ofcourse, you go to a junk food joint ( ok, fast food joint ) to fill the stomach. If there is an itch to satiate a travel bug, well, you eat only partly to fill stomach.  The other portion is to soak up a culture and fill the soul.

Take for instance the Thali. The great Indian Thali, is different in different places.  Its called the Thali and is an assortment of permutations and combinations of main courses and side dishes that will kick up an awesome taste that lasts far beyond the big burp at the end of the meal.

For instance, a Gujarati Thali is served in what seems like a necklace of small containers  which sit inside a large plate, with some space for ghee laden rotis and rice are a part of Gujarati Thali.  

Before


During


After 


The refills for every container will keep flowing endlessly.

I swear, I have wiped off every morsel much to the embarrassment of the missus and anyone else that eats alongside.  


A trip down south to Tamil Nadu will get you a very different version of a Thali. On a banana leaf. All partitions need to be created by the one who eats.

‘When good food is gorged down, of what use is a partition’ ! That was a good friends mom, when, I asked her for a bowl to house my payasam !

Such delights!  

The after effects can be good sidestory though. That warrants a separate blogpost.  




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12 comments:

ashok said...

great post Kavi :)

SG said...

Food gives the ultimate solace.... ask me these days!

aativas said...

Ahh! Today only I had South Indian Thali in Delhi :-)

Jeevan said...

The items here make me hunger! I love to have kind of Thali esp. the marriage treat is unparallel. :)

manjujoglekar said...

Ha ha! Very nice post!

I agree, no western fast foods can rival our Indian thali- from any region of India!

Ugich Konitari said...

That was such a payasam post ! :-))

Destiny's child... said...

Thalis are great. If you don't like one dish you can spoon your way to the next and the next and the next... Enjoyed the post. :)

dr.antony said...

Yes, there so much in varieties.
But,be careful.Most of these outlets are unhygienic.Recently,three perosns died eating food from the junk joints.An investigation in to restaurants showed even class restaurants were using rotten and stale food.

sujata sengupta said...

Hey, It has been a while!! How have you been? Have to go through your blog in some detail. This post is typically the kavi I remember :) Crisp and lucid as ever.

Nachi said...

heh! no McDonald's or KFC can ever beat a Thali. the sheer omnomnistic pleasure of gorging on seemingly endless amount of food.

you've been eating well my friend, i see. :)

Jairam said...

End of day, life is all about roti, kapda aur makaan. Wonderful post about the roti part.

The thali and the yelai pictures kindled up my appetite for a good 'full meals', if you know what I mean.

Meoww said...

This post is simple yet smart !
Really enjoyed reading your views on a lot of things from food, retirement, moped(! :)

Yummy post!
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