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North Indian Vegetarian lunch Thali (No onion No garlic)

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A North Indian Vegetarian lunch thali is a No onion No garlic simple everyday thali. A complete balanced meal of proteins and carbs from nutritious dal, sabji (vegetable), salad, roti and rice.

A North Indian Vegetarian lunch thali which has Roti, Steamed Rice, Oil free Lemon Pickle, Whole Green Moong Dal, Cauliflower Dry Vegetable, Tomato, Cucumber and Radish Salad and Chaas.

The carbs would come from simple roti (phulka) and steamed rice. Dals will give the necessary protein intake. One dry vegetable, some simple salad would always be there.  Generally Green coriander chutney or any simple chutney would be there. Sometimes pickle, Curd, Raita would be added to the thali. Chaas or spiced buttermilk at the end, which even helps in digestion.

We do not eat oil based pickles with curd or chaas. Sweets are not a part of everyday lunch or dinner meal but mostly everyone will have some or the other form. I prefer to eat simple jaggery at times when I crave for sugar, or saunf which helps in digestion as well as satisfy my sugar cravings.

Today I am Sharing our everyday North Indian Lunch thali, I have been grown up eating. This thali was a typical thali where the dal, sabji and salad used to change daily.

We had no option but to eat what was served. Today when I give the same type of food to my kids, they say we eat it 2 days in a row. I always tell them we have grown up eating this and this is our staple food.

Till date this has been my most satisfying and comforting meals of all. Anyday I would eat this to my full satisfaction and have nostalgic memories, where my mom use to cook garam garam (hot) roti(phulka) and we use to wait for our turns to get the roti.

The Theme

Anyways enough of my memories, today I am sharing this lunch thali as I am participating in a new Blogging Marathon hosted by Srivalli from Spice Your life. This marathon was planned months in advance and I was excited to participate. But then I thought it would be too much. But as I have promised and for me promise is a must, I again decided to give it a go in mid Dec-19. I almost finished 18-20 thalis by March first week and then the lockdown started and we all decided to postpone the April Thali Mega BM to Sept.

So after 4 months of not paying attention, in August first week I recompiled my list as I used one or two thali earlier, and decided to give it a go.

Thali Themes for the month

I am starting this Marathon with the first theme, i.e Simple Everyday assembled mini Thalis and I thought of starting this with none other than what I have been grown up eating.

The other weekly themes are:

  • Thalis featuring Indian Bread
  • Thalis Featuring Regional Cuisines
  • Breakfasts from different states
  • Platters

So my Today’s North Indian Vegetarian Lunch thali consist of

Whole Green Moong Dal presented in a bowl
  • Pata Gobi Sabji (Dry Vegetable)
Pata Gobhi _ Cabbage Sabji in the thali
  • Phulka (Roti) & No oil Lemon pickle
Phulka roti or flatbread in thali

  • Steamed White Rice
Plain Steamed White Rice
  • Cucumber, Tomato, Radish Salad
Tomato, Cucumber and Radish Salad
  • Chaas
Chaas or simple buttermilk with salt and cumin powder

As said the thali is a balance of carbs and proteins. Being a vegetarian proteins from dal is must and here it is provided from Whole green moong dal. The carbs come from rice and roti. Veggies and salad give the require nutrition and adds colour to the plate.

I am sharing the recipes individually for each of the above in Separate posts. For some the recipes would be there, for some I would be adding on so please bear with me.

A North Indian Vegetarian lunch thali is a No onion No garlic, simple everyday balanced meal of proteins and carbs from nutritious dal,  vegetable, salad, roti and rice.

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Padmajha PJ

Thursday 10th of September 2020

This is such a comforting and homely thali! Love all the dishes in it! The Dal and the Pata Gobi Sabji looks so good! A very balanced and delicious meal!

Srividhya Gopalakrishnan

Saturday 5th of September 2020

Love this no onion no garlic platter. I am big fan of these simple everyday home platters. This is such a comforting meal for sure. Guess what, I pick jaggery as well when I crave for sweets. :-)


Thursday 3rd of September 2020

Amazing and tempting no onion no garlic north Indian Thali. Meal is so balanced with all nutrients. Our parents are always best and choose the correct dishes.

Azlin Bloor

Wednesday 2nd of September 2020

That is one delicious plate of thali! Personally, I could eat roti every day and be happy! It's such a great concept, really, having a little of everything on your plate. When I was growing up, it was south Indian thalis that I was used too, with their fiery flavours.


Wednesday 2nd of September 2020

That’s comfort on a plate! Nothing fussy or fancy, but delicious, nutritious and easy on your stomach..Looking forward to the rest of the thalis Renu :-)