Himachal Pradesh Thali

Himachal Pradesh Thali is a thali meal where selected and popular dishes from this region have been put together. The meal is homely, yet delicious.

 

Himachal Pradesh is a North Indian state, which has a lot of natural beauty. The word Him means snow in Sanskrit, and trust me these snow-clad mountains make a picture-perfect scene.

 

I have visited this state many times and enjoyed the local cuisine. In fact, the local chefs gave me a demo of some of the popular dishes. Himachali Cuisine has a great deal of influence from its neighbouring states. Most of the dishes are slow-cooked and they have unique flavours. Their curries are yoghurt based and truly it’s an art to cook them. One needs to slow cook these curries as yoghurt tends to curdle.

 

Since this is a hilly region, the fresh vegetable produce is not very easily available. They use a lot of lentils, rice and pulses. While planning for this thali, I had a tough time as I always feel no meal is complete without a green. I searched for recipes and finally found Rainta .

 

Himachali ‘s cook a Dham for festivals and this Dham is cooked by special chefs called Boti’s. They have a special menu for Dham and since I have posted a Dham some few years back, I chose different dishes.

 

My children and family enjoyed this Thali the best. They felt the flavours of each dish were simple yet could satisfy the tastebuds. In spite of it being a spread, no one felt heavy. When I asked them to compare the Thali ‘s it was hard for them to choose, but I must say these simple dishes have become a part of the everyday menu.

 

Today’s Himachal Thali is categorized under Flatbread Special Thali, where Babru is the highlight. I shall share the recipe for it, the rest of the recipes shall follow in the upcoming marathons, Though you can enjoy some Kale Channe ka Khatta, Kangra Dal, Chana Madra from this cuisine which has already been posted.

 

Himachal Pradesh Thali
Let’s check the menu that I have cooked for this Thali for The Thali and Platter Festival

Menu

Snack


Himachal Pradesh Thali

Panchole
( Pachole is a steamed lentil snack made with mashed sweet corn and chickpea flour )

 

Curries

Himachal Pradesh Thali
Aloo Palda
( Aloo Palda is a Pahari style potato curry made with potato, yoghurt, turmeric and mustard oil.)
Himachal Pradesh Thali
Chana Madra
(Madra is a popular Himachali slow-cooked curry made with chickpeas and yoghurt that belongs to the Chamba region.)
Himachal Pradesh Thali
Raintha
(a unique curry made with dates, walnuts and spinach )
Himachal Pradesh Thali
Bhey
( stir-fried lotus stem, tossed in simple spices lend the Bhey a delicious earthy flavour)

 

Accompaniments

Himachal Pradesh Thali
Kheru
( spiced creamy yoghurt, seasoned in mustard oil makes an excellent accompaniment )
Himachal Pradesh Thali
Chukh
(an instant Himachali pickle made with crushed green chillies, sauteed in mustard oil, with a sharp zing and a beautiful flavour)

 

Bread & Rice

Himachal Pradesh Thali
Babru
( traditional Himachal Flatbread stuffed with black gram, deep-fried to a golden )
Himachal Pradesh Thali
Bhat
( steamed local rice )
Himachal Pradesh Thali
Khichadi
( a unique rice and lentil mish-mash, seasoned with a special blend of spices, along with vegetables makes a complete meal )
Himachal Pradesh Thali
Meetha Bhat
( sweet rice made with jaggery, seasoned with pure ghee and garnished with exotic nuts and fruits )

 

Sweet

Himachal Pradesh Thali
Makhana Mithadi
( a rustic and earthy dessert, made with fox nuts and dried fruits, nuts and dry coconut, a treat by itself )
Let’s look at the Thali’s I have posted so far for The Thali and Platter Festival-

 

Week 1
Everyday Thalis

 

 

Week 2
Regional Thalis

 

Day 6 Parathe wali Gali ki Thali
Day 6 Kaddu ki Khatti Meethi Sabzi
Day 7 Sindhi Meal
Day 7 Sev ka Raita
Day 8 A Meal from Kerela
Day 8 Nadan Urulaizhangu Curry
Day 9 Chettinad Wedding Spread
Day 9 Potato Masala
Day 10 Bengali Vegetarian Thali
Day 10 Anarosher Chutney

Week 3

Platters

Day 11 Gujarati Farsan Platter
Day 11 Dudhi na Muthiya
Day 12 Pakora Platter
Day 12 Stuffed Whole Onion Pakora
Day 13 Chatpati Chaat Platter
Day 13 Chatpati Chole ki Chaat
Day 14 Sindhi Breads
Day 14 Aatey jo Chilro
Day 15 Udupi Tiffin Recipes
Day 15 Sada Dose
Day 16 Marashtrian Mix Platter
Day 16 Matar ki Karanji

Week 4

Flatbread Special Thalis

Day 17 Maharashtrian Rustic Thali
Day 17 Matar ki Karanji

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Himachal Pradesh Thali
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Indian Cuisine
Servings
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Indian Cuisine
Servings
Recipe Notes

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5 thoughts on “Himachal Pradesh Thali”

  1. Truly a fantastic meal put together. I am really surprised you are yet to post babru on your site…I enjoyed it when I made it for the regional cuisine..and the other dishes tastes awesome too…on the whole what a spread!

  2. Wow, this is an elaborate one. Vaishali, you have turned your flatbread theme dishes into beautiful regional thaalis and this one looks like a delectable one. The spread is a thaali in a true sense considering the number of courses you have served and the dishes you have selected which go well together.

  3. That is the beauty of this regional thalis, it looks like too much of food, but they are light on the tummy. Even we enjoyed the elaborate thalis and felt good. Love each and every dish in your thali.

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