Nepali Meat Thali
Our Nepali Meat Thali includes shrimp pakora, tandoori chicken, lamb curry, chicken tika, mixed vegetables, dal, rice, salad, naan, dessert, coffee or chai tea.
Did you know
It is noted that in the early days, Thali’s were only reserved for Royalty. Emperors would feast on the bountiful meal that was offered to them by the villagers and servants. Thali’s were known as the “rich mans” food and only the elite and rich would feast.
Thali refers to the metal plate that a thali meal may be served on. Thali is popular in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and other states in North India. The idea behind a Thali is to offer all the 6 different flavors of sweet, salt, bitter, sour, astringent and spicy on one single plate (technically the last two are actually forms of chemesthesis rather than true flavors). According to Indian food custom, a proper meal should be a perfect balance of all these 6 flavors.
Dishes served in a Thali vary from region to region in the Indian subcontinent and are usually served in small bowls, called katori in India. These ‘katoris’ are placed along the edge of the round tray – the actual thali: sometimes a steel tray with multiple compartments is used. Typical dishes include rice, dal, vegetables, roti, papad, dahi (yogurt), small amounts of chutney or pickle, and a sweet dish to top it off.
Today, many restaurants around the world offer Thali dishes as an easy way to feast upon your meal that has multiple dishes. They are made of stainless steel and some have intricate designs along the edges.