Maharashtrain thali or a platter has an array of delicious dishes from Marathi cuisine. It is a filling and satisfying meal.
The second thali for this week is from Maharashtra. Just like yesterday, I put together a thali with side dishes that I felt would be liked by us. There are many regions in Maharashtra and I did not pick a specific cuisine from a region. I picked recipes from various regions and put together a Maharashtrian thali that was filling. Mr. U liked this thali better than the last thali as this had lot more side dishes and the thali (plate) was full. In fact he liked the thali concept and both days ate his food from the thali I arrange for the photos.
In Maharashtra, there is a specific way of arranging a thali or a specific place where the food is served. At the top of the plate, at 12 o’clock is salt and all the condiments, snacks and salads are served on the left side of the plate. Right next to salt in anticlockwise direction is a piece of lime, chutney, pickle, snack and papad. Vertically (top down), right below salt is variety of rices and at the bottom of the plate at 6’ o'clock is poli/roti/flatbread. All the curries and dals are place on the right side of salt.
Pradnya has a detailed post on how to arrange a Maharashtrian thali. I tried to follow the order but since I served the food in small containers and then placed it on the plate, it was challenging to arrange in the order a traditional Maharashtrian thali is arrange. Hence, tried to stick to the order as much as I could.
On the thali
Mint Coriander Chutney (store bought)
Prawn/Shrimp Koliwada - Spicy gram flour batter shrimp fritter
Gajar Muli Kanda Koshimbir - Carrot Radish Onion Salad
Bhaat - White Rice
Varan - Simple spicy Dal
Dudhichi Bhaji ~ Lauki ki Sabzi - Bottle gourd dry curry with goda masala
Palkachi Peeth Perun Bhaji - Spinach gram flour curry
Egg Rassa ~ Kolhapuri Anda Rassa - Spicy egg curry from Kolhapur
Basundi - Thick milk with dry fruits
Here are a few Maharashtrian recipes I already have on the blog.
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Harini-Jaya R says
That is such a spread, Usha. The clicks are just as stunning as ever!
I am not doing thali theme this month and I am so happy that I am not doing it. I could never prepare such elaborate dishes. Your spread looks lovely.
Awesome Usha, Thali looks delicious. Am fasting today and after seeing your Thai am counting on minutes to get dark outside.
Rajani Sivaram says
I don't think I should be looking at the thali before I have had my breakfast :-)). Ever looks delicious and it's making me really hungry. I like how you have clicked the pictures. In my house too the thali is presented as such to the husband.
Wonderful spread Usha.I too wanted to make Maharashtrian Thali but ended up in different one.
Vaishali Sabnani says
Excellent spread Usha ! beautifully presented too.I too took Pradnyas help while doing my Maharastrian spread..the dishes are really delicious and a treat .
I am not re-thinking if I shud post my simple Thalis this week ! This is such a treat
Priya Suresh says
Omg, so much of foods, such a droolworthy and super filling thali, that shrimp pakora is very inviting Usha. Your thali rocks.
That is one scrumptious and filling Maharashtra Thali. Looks amazing and you did a wonderful job making this thali.