Great experiences make the soul really happy and smiling in one way or the other; for example standing in the park that overlooks Eiffel Tower, listening to old Hindi melodies, going on that long drive on a spotless national highway with family, etc.,
However, there’s one thing that brings immense joy to the soul, in not one way, rather many ways through multiple senses; that’s the prospects of a sumptuous South Indian Thali menu esp if had in one of the best South Indian Restaurants in Delhi – Hotel Saravana Bhavan.
The ambience and the South Indian Thali recipe at this restaurant makes it truly special that it invigorates not just the sense of taste, but the sight of seeing the spread on the platter, the aroma of the food cooked with abundant ghee and finally the non-intrusive chatter of people thronging in other tables with their family for enjoying an elaborate meal!
We were to Hotel Saravana Bhavan this Sunday and the wholesome experience of enjoying our favorite veg thali compelled me to write this article.
A Plate of South Indian Veg Thali
Typically a Veg Thali comprises of the following items (with description)
- Rice – a bowl of steam cooked rice as part of the main course
- Poori 3 Nos (or an option of extra Rice to choose in exchange) – I guess this is an attempt to introduce fusion of North with South; else you can choose pure South in the form of extra Rice
- Kurma – This is a co-dish for Poori
- Rasam – This needs no intro, and goes along with Rice
- Sambar – This too needs no intro and goes along with Rice
- Thogayal – It’s the Tamil name for Chutney, which is typically an accompaniment for all combos such Rasam + Rice or Sambar + Rice or Curd + Rice
- Koottu – This is the gravy version of vegetables composition of the Thali
- Poriyal – This is the dry version of the vegetables composition of the Thali
- Payasam – This is the sweet factor in gravy form
- Appalam – This is again Tamil version for Pappad, a natural choice of accompaniment
- Oorgai – This is again Tamil version for Pickel, again an accompaniment but only for Curd Rice combo
- Sweet – The regular milk sweet version
- Curd – The thicker cousin to Buttermilk
I know what you’re wondering, how would anyone get to move from the chair after consuming so much food!
Yes, it’s true that a Veg Thali is usually a heavy lunch, packed with a concoction of carbs, protein, fibres, vitamins and all other nutrients.
However, practically the above mentioned South Indian Thali List of Items are served in small portions in stainless steel cups, over a big stainless steel plate and the idea is to expose one’s taste buds to different combination of food preparation.
For example, Sambar Rice is followed by Rasam Rice and finally Curd Rice & if combined with the various accompaniments listed above, will make an assortment of taste experience.
This is one of the reason why the items are arranged in a certain order, so that one gets to progress sequentially in munching their tasty lunch.
South Indian Thalis are both filling and nutritious, though if you ask me how healthy they are then the answer is its ok to have them once a month when you get to enjoy the experience with family and friends.
Pictures of South Indian Thali
Here’s the collection of some cool pictures of South Indian Thali and along with that some mind blowing stuff about Hotel Saravana Bhavan (I am not an affiliate for the Restaurant and they don’t pay me anything to promote them, just doing out sheer love for the food they have been making for years).
Final word: Typically South Indian Thali’s are had with bare hands. This is not just finger-licking-good but also since using fingers to pick and consume food is also a scientifically proven method, which activates certain nerve centres in the brain and thereby elevates one’s consciousness realms and makes it another point of touching the SOUL!
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog? So when are you next planning to treat yourself with one? Let me know by replying in the comments section!