Zero Oil Thali is a spread of Indian dishes which are cooked with absolutely zero oil and yet it’s a great spread which tastes delicious . You don’t miss the oil or ghee .
Since the last two days I have been posting Thalis. Day 1 , it was a Sindhi Thali, Day 2 it was a Rajasthani Thali and for Day 3 under the theme Thalis and Spreads I wanted to cook a Bengali Thali , I had kind of short listed the menu but then realised that the authentic Bangla cooking uses mustard oil . I simply love this flavour but my hubby just can’t take it . As a result I gave up the idea of the BanglaThali . Search began for a fresh Thali . I pulled out my cook books and I saw a Zero Oil cookbook . Yes , this sounded interesting . I planned the menu spot on and revolved it around Rajma which was already planned for lunch . After I finished cooking this meal , I realised that we can cook most of the dishes without oil or fat .
Eating fresh is the key . Any freshly cooked food tastes wonderful , if it is zero oil then all the more . I finished cooking this entire thali in a little more than an hour with four gas burners and partly cooking in microwave . Trust me zero Oil cooking tastes equally good and you cannot make out that the food has been cooked without oil . Above all eat your hearts content and not feel guilty .
So here is the menu that I have selected , I wanted to add a leafy green veggie , but since this was not a planned thali I cooked with the veggies in the frig .
Anarkali Salad is a healthy delicious and a crunchy salad with a mix of fruits and vegetables . The salad gets its name Anarkali from pomegranate which is called anar in Hindi .
Vegetable Mint Kebabs
Vegetable Mint Kebabs are Kebabs made from Vegetables , mint and nuts . They are made on a non stick griddle and taste awesome even without a drop of oil .
Zero Oil Aloo Kandhari
Zero oil Aloo Kandhari is a rich gravy dish made with onion , cashews , poppy seeds and potatoes . The name Kandhari comes from the Kandhari deep red variety of pomegranates used for the gravy . This dish got 5 star rating from the family .
Zero Oil Rajma Masala
Zero Oil Rajma Masala is kidney bean Indian curry , where the beans and spices have been cooked all together in a pressure cooker .Quick , simple , yet authentic and delicious .
Zero Oil Gobhi Mattar
Zero Oil Gobhi Mattar is a dry side dish which tastes amazing . The ginger and green chilly garnish is the highlight of the dish and takes the dish to another level .
Fruit Custard is a no frill dessert . The dessert is made with very little custard powder , to keep the dessert very light . Fresh fruits are added to give nutrition , color and taste.
For today I shall give you the recipe for Kanadhari Aloo, which were super hit. And yes if you are fond of Thalis and Spreads then here are a few