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For someone with a good appetite, a thali is a boon. You don’t have to choose anything, but sit back and let the food come to you one after another. The Great Indian Thali has become quite a popular place in Jayanagar, and its vegetarian fare is tasty, simple and filling. In the regular thali, the meal usually comprises a few starters such as a vegetable kabab or a samosa, and then moves on to the main course that includes a dal, a vegetable and a curry. Pair that with a roti, paratha, or rice. You will be stuffed by the end of it.
The beauty of feasting on a thali is that on one plate you can have everything from starters to mains to desserts, that too for a reasonable price. Thali is a popular old concept of an Indian household, where a guest was served a variety of dishes on one plate. The bigger the thali is, the more the variety. The number of dishes were a way to estimate the wealth and hospitality of a host, hence the concept of thali. Many Indian restaurants still dedicate a section to thali in their menus so a diner can enjoy an array of dishes on one single platter. A thali is like a mini individual buffet. Taking this concept forward is Bengaluru’s ‘The Great Indian Thali’, whose entire menu revolves around serving a variety of thalis to their diners.
The outlet in Jayanagar receives a lot of attention from the local foodies, resulting in the restaurant being always crammed with the diners. Their menu is entirely North Indian and completely vegetarian, a blessing for the herbivores and Jain community. Lunch and dinner is their peak times as several office goers pop in for a hearty fulfilling meal before heading back to office or home. The place is just as sought after by the families who finds the idea of a fulfilling meal for affordable prices a fair deal. You can start your meal with, dahi bhalla, pani puri, tandoori baby corn, aloo tikki, til kabab, moong dal kachori, paneer tikka, mini kachori, barbeque pineapple and pyaz ki kachori. In mains they have, chole bhature, kadai paneer, turai masala, pindi chole, malai kofta and Veg Hyderabadi.
Bring this grand spread of a thali to its rightful end through few lip-smacking desserts. Rasgulla, aam shrikhand, gulab jamun and moong dal halwa offers the diners a tempting selection. Wash it all down with a refreshing jaljeera. Décor wise, The Great Indian Thali has a cheerful formal looking dining space. A flood of sunshine pours in the room from large windows that flanks the room from all sides. Furnishings are kept in tones of teal and beige. Slip in a booth or recline in a chair, both seating styles are comfortable and proper. The prices are budget-friendly which is one reason why The Great Indian Thali is such a hit.