Sindhi Winter Lunch Thali

Sindhi Winter Lunch Thali is a Thali where the meal that is served is cooked with winter specialities in a Sindhi kitchen.


We are running a Mega Marathon and this September our theme is Thali and Platter Festival.I have chosen to showcase Everyday Thalis for the first week, yesterday was a Sindhi Lunch Thali, today I have yet another Sindhi Thali. I have already posted A Sindhi Thali with Protein, a Sunday Kadhi Chawara Lunch Thali and a couple of more Thalis where I have our typical Sindhi dishes.


Sindhi Recipes are almost dying as we see the younger generation prefers western food, we have just a handful of bloggers working on authentic recipes. Alka of Sindhi Rasoi has put in a lot of effort and has authentic recipes and her site is a must-visit. So, during this marathon, I decided to post the not very known recipes of the Sindhi community.

Menu for the Winter Thali

Chithiyal Gogdu
( turnip mash – turnips cooked with onions and tomatoes in a typical Sindhi style )

Bassar Paneer
( cottage cheese cooked with lots of onions in a typical manner, called Seyal )

Karela Sindhi Style | Dhage wara Karela
( stuffed bitter gourds )

Thooma wara Chawara
( rice cooked with green garlic )

Papad Churi
( papads crushed and spiced with salt, ghee and aamchoor)

( chapati )

(Chickpea flour fudge )



Winters brings in some specific vegetables in the market which are a favourite with the Sindhi community. The fresh green garlic is one of them. The tender green garlic is harvested before the cloves begin to mature. The bulbs are really very small at the beginning of the season, but they grow just like scallions. The fresh green stalk is used, just like the scallion stalk. This young garlic is widely used by Sindhis. So for today, we have Thooma wara Chawara which are made with this tender garlic.


Sindhi Winter Lunch Thali


Turnips is a root that is available here only in winters. Turnips is another veggie that is enjoyed by the older generation of Sindhis. Turnips are called Gogru /Gogdu in the Sindhi language. It surely is an acquired taste and the younger generation refuses to even look at it. More about it in the next post where I shall be sharing the recipe for Chithiyal Gogdu.


Today’s thali has Bassar Paneer, which is the typical Seyal style of Sindhi cooking. Seyal style cooking is where we have onions as the base of the dish.


The next dish on the menu is  Karela Sindhi Style or Dhage wara Karela or even Katt wara Karela. These bitter gourds are stuffed with onions and garlic. A lot of people shy away from these gourds as they are bitter, but if cooked in the right way, they are really delicious. Can you believe my 13-year-old granddaughter has been a fan of these since she was a little girl!


Sindhi food is incomplete without the papad. They call it blotting paper, It absorbs away all the oil that has been consumed. Well does it really? No, it’s just a myth, it’s only that it gives a super crunch. For today I have made a Papad ki Choori, which is crushed papad with spices and hot ghee.


Radish is called Moori in Sindhi and is almost a must along with our Sindhi winter lunch, though there are people who are not fond of this pungent root, my family loves it.


Any meal is actually not complete without a small piece of sweet. Mohanthal is a typical Sindhi sweet. It’s a chickpea flour fudge and trust me totally addictive.


So enjoy this Winter Lunch Thali, today’s recipe is Chithiyal Gogdu / Turnip Mash.

Sindhi Winter Lunch Thali

The Thali Platter Festival –

Week 1

Everyday Thalis

Sindhi Lunch Thali

Guar ji Bhaji

Sindhi Winter Lunch Thali

Course Lunch
Cuisine Indian Cuisine


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8 thoughts on “Sindhi Winter Lunch Thali”

  1. Many of the dishes are new to me and you have been doing an outstanding job of preserving authentic Sindhi dishes through blogging. Is dal not a mandatory part of Sindhi meal ? I was just wondering what pairs well with the rice dish here?
    BTW my daughter and husband love bitter gourd as well and I am going to try this karela recipe for them.

  2. I still associate fresh green garlic with you and the Ahmadabad trip. I get the frozen kind here and I am surprised how good it is, it’s crisp and fresh instead of dark and limp. I will try the rice recipe soon with it.

  3. This plate is no way a simple one the dishes are new to me too and it sounds fantastic! An excellent way to revisit the recipes that have been so popular before!

  4. I am always for preserving the older generation recipes and I love you so much for it. I haven’t heard any of the recipes though I knew turnip mush is a recipe made in winter. Your posts are Always a treasure.

  5. Wow. Kudos to your effort to document the traditional sindhi recipes which will be a keeper for generations to follow. All the recipes are new to me. Wish you treat me with amazing Sindhi thali sometime.

  6. I love this thali and a big kudos for documenting these traditional recipes. I totally agree the traditional recipes are slowly vanishing from our kitchens and it’s high to document them and revive them back in. Your blog is a treasure trove of all these classic recipes. I need to try some of these Sindhi delicacies.

  7. Delicious winter thali with some nice winter veggies. I too make the turnip mash this year and loved it. Do you fry the papad for the papad churi, we roast and crush it and then add ghee….most of the dishes look quite similar, yet the recipes are different…will check them

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