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Vegetarian Punjabi Thali (Indian Regional Thali)

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Today we are travelling to the state of Punjab to showcase another delicious, rich, lip-smacking thali.  Like the Punjabi’s full of life, the Vegetarian Punjabi thali has a range of rich buttery and milk based colourful and yummy dishes.

Vegetarian Punjabi thali has a range of rich buttery and paneer based dishes with gluten free makki di roti and Jeera rice.

Punjabi Cuisine & Style of cooking

Punjab is a major producer of wheat, rice and dairy products. The cuisine is heavily influenced by the agriculture and farming lifestyles. Punjabi cooking uses both the traditional and modern methods of cooking. Tandoori style of cooking is traditionally associated with Punjab. Tandoor or underground oven is very common along the dhabas (road side restaurants) in India. 

Another close up look of Punjabi Thali. Seen in the background are samosa, salad, rice and papad

Punjabi Recipes

Non-vegetarian food of punjabi like Tandoori Chicken, Butter Chicken, Amritsari Macchi is more famous. But equally its vegetarian dishes are. Paneer based dishes like Matar Paneer, Paneer TikkaDal Makhani , Chole, Jeera Rice,  different types of breads like naan, kulcha, Paneer Paratha, Makki di Roti, Sweets like Gajar Halwa, Lassi, Karha Prasad are few of the famous dishes.

Vegetarian Punjabi thali has a range of rich buttery and paneer based dishes with gluten free makki di roti and Jeera rice.

Punjabi Breakfast Thali

Punjabi’s have a hearty meal for breakfast and lunch. I remember eating hot garam garam aloo paratha with a big glass of lassi in Punjab. Punjabi Mooli Paratha and gobi paratha are other famous paratha recipes from this cuisine. And who does not know the famous Chole Bhature.

Have you tried my Bhatura recipe which is without any leavening agent, i.e. without baking powder or soda. Do give it a try with this chole (Indian Chickpeas Curry), and let me know if it turned out good.

I have chosen this Punjabi Thali after yesterday’s Gujarati Thali. This is another cuisine from which I cook a lot. Being a North Indian, some similar varieties and styles of cooking exist. I thought it is best to showcase a regional thali which you know more about.

Close up look of Vegetarian Punjabi Thali, showcasing, makki di roti, and vegetables

I made this thali last december and hence you will see that my thali features winters special vegetables and sweets.

So my today’s Vegetarian Punjabi Thali has

  • Gajar Aloo Matar (Carrot, Peas and Potato Vegetable) – A simple and easy preparation of vegetables in some everyday spices. Perfect for winters.
Gajar Aloo Matar

  • Dal Palak – Everyday Toor Dal or any dal cooked with fresh green spinach/palak. The dal comes out rich and creamy with the tadka from ghee (clarified butter)
Dal Palak

  • Palak Paneer – Another yummy and delicious preparation with paneer and spinach. Loaded with iron and proteins, this is a winter favourite recipe.
Palak Paneer

  • Matar Paneer – My kids favourite paneer based dish. We love this matar paneer , i..e cheese and peas curry with some Whole Wheat naan or Jeera Rice. I do make the no onion no garlic version too if you want to check the recipe.
Matar Paneer

  • Makki di Roti – A gluten free roti made using cornmeal. This goes perfect with sarson ka saag. But as sarson (mustard leaves) is not available here, I made it with palak paneer.
Gluten free Makki Di Roti

  • Gajar Halwa – A delicious and rich sweet made using winter special carrots, loaded with ghee and nuts. Though I go a bit easy here and make it without ghee and mawa. Check the recipe for Gajar halwa without milk and ghee.
No Ghee, No Mawa Gajar Halwa

  • Chaas/Buttermilk – A digestive drink made using curd and water. Few spices like cumin powder, chaat masala and salt are added to taste.

Punjabi Samosa with chutney

  • Jeera Rice & Homemade Sabudana Papad- Simple steamed rice sauteed with some Jeera. Goes well with any dal or curries.
Jeera Rice & Homemade Sabudana Papad

  • Salad, Pickle & Salt
Salt & Pickle

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    Wednesday 2nd of December 2020

    OMG. This thalis is so soulful and makes me mouthwatering. Includes most of the classic dishes. I wanted to make punjabi thali but somehow missed it. This is tempting me to make one and enjoy during the weekend.

    Srividhya Gopalakrishnan

    Tuesday 20th of October 2020

    omg you are tempting me with those dishes. All of them are my favorites. I wish I can grab that thali from the screen. Well done Renu.


    Saturday 3rd of October 2020

    This thali would definitely be a great hit for any party! Love each and every item in the plate and who can say no to paneer !! This is the kind of food everyone first thinks of when you say Indian food :-)

    Harini Rupanagudi

    Wednesday 30th of September 2020

    A perfect thali for the soul. Love everything in that frame.

    Suma Gandlur

    Wednesday 30th of September 2020

    That is one delicious thaali from Punjabi cuisine. Some of the dishes have become so popular in India that we don't even think about them in terms of Punjabi food anymore . It is filled with dishes I love and can enjoy this platter any day.