North Indian Thali

North Indian Thali is a Thali which has assorted and selected dishes from different regions of North Indian states of India.


Ideally, I should have planned a thali, picking each North Indian state and compiled the Thali, but this is one thali that I made for a formal dinner, so could not plan the way I wished. However, a North Indian Thali with dishes from the Northern part was planned for our BM #100. It was a thali which was a real royal thali and it was so much fun creating it.



Today’s North Indian Thali has all the dishes that are our standard menu for guests. Meals normally begin with snacks and Tikkis are a favourite in our house. Matar ki Tikki is mom’s recipe, which we so dearly enjoy. A paneer dish is a must, this Shahi Paneer recipe has been shared by my younger daughter and it is mandatory for her to cook this for us whenever she is in India. You can imagine how delicious it must be.


Next comes a Dal. Well since hubby prefers a light Dal it is perpetually Moong Dal. I give it a twist every time we have a guest . For a dry side dish Bhindi or Aloo are made, today it is Bhindi! A semi gravy dish is a must so it can be either some kind of leafy Palak Corn / Palak Aloo or Methi Aloo or Bharta in season. I picked Turiya ka Bharta today.


When we talk of accompaniments, some kind of Dahi Vada or Raita is a must. Today we have Mirch ke Dahiwade which are super delicious .(by mistake I have tagged them as Dahi Gujiya, sorry about that ! )The meals are incomplete without rice and bread we have Ajwain Parathas and a rich Shahjahanvi Biryani. In fact, the biryani takes the cake. It is a super flavorful one.


To any meal, the finale is always a dessert. For today its a Royal Custard. The vanilla custard is a no-frill dessert. To make it exotic saffron has been added along with nuts and Rose petals.


I have been posting Flatbread Special Thalis and today’s North Indian Thali is the 4th in this series. We are making these for the Thali and Platter Festival for September Mega Marathon and for today I shall share the recipe for Ajwain ke Parathe.


Here is the menu
Aloo Matar Tikki
Shahi Paneer
Dal Bhindi
Dal Lasooni
Mirch ke Bhalle
Shajhanvi Biryani
Royal Custard

orth Indian Thali

If you are a North Indian Thali fan, here is yet another Thali that I prepared for a dinner, which has a typical guest menu I described above.

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


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
Day 18 Himachal Pradesh Thali
Day 18 Babru

North Indian Thali

Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Indian Cuisine


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6 thoughts on “North Indian Thali”

  1. First of all I love that copper serving set but the meal looks brighter in the second thaali. 🙂 It is good that you have a set menu for get togethers and everything looks and sounds delicious. Somehow I feel like I am being repetitive in my comments. But what to do when you dish out one delicious thaali after another?
    I remembered a funny thing when I read the list of states you mentioned. While I was in India, it was common as a south Indian to assume what was not south to be north. Now older and wiser I thought I knew better but until recently I assumed Bihar was in north and Rajasthan in west. 🙂

  2. What a stunning platters you have presented today. As if one was not enough, you are tempting us with two thalis, Vaishali. I am yet to stop drooling over the pictures to write a coherent comment here 🙂

  3. A thali with assorted dishes from north India is a brilliant idea. I still remember the thali that your made for us during the meet. Simply amazing. I bought ker and sangri for my Rajasthani thali but never made it. Let me now go find the recipe for it on your blog.

  4. I am just a fan of your thalis, each and every thali I see I am like wow. North Indian food is definitely close to me, and your thali is like, wish I could get some now.

  5. Vaishali how you make such exotic thalis with ease with so many dishes in each and everyone. Whole thali looks absolutely scrumptious and includes so many favorites of mine.

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