The concept of Thali meal is a culture in itself that was originated in India, which gained popularity in Nepal and Bangladesh later.
One cannot perfectly describe a proper Thali, as each region creates their own custom Thalis with use of local ingredients in dishes.
The idea behind a Thali is to offer all the 6 different flavors of sweet, salt, bitter, sour, astringent and spicy on one single plate.
Based on similar lines, Soma at Grand Hyatt Mumbai has introduced a ‘Grand Thali Feast’ as part of their menu. The Thali depicts the taste of Rajasthan, with the freshest of ingredients and a few spices that are imported from the land of Royals, straight to our plates!
The typical vegetarian Rajasthani Thali consists of the following:
- 1 Glass Masala Chhaas
- Appetizers (Dhokla, Khandvi, Patra, Samosa)
- 5 types of Vegetables
- 1 bowl Curry and Dal
- Ghee Bhaat
- Breads (rotla, puri, thepla)
For Non Vegetarians, the Thali has a lovely addition of Laal Maas and Methi Murgh. The Laal Maas gravy is a perfectly cooked melange of spices with tender meat, that’s aromatic and eye-pleasing.
|Chef Vinod Rana posing gracefully with his lovely creations.|
We were really impressed with the spread, specially since adequate emphasis was given to non-vegetarian dishes as well.
Our favorites from the Thali-
Laal Maas, Sev Tamatar, Batata Nu Saak, Gujarati Kadhi, & Dal Punchmel. Apart from these, the Rotla and Methi Thepla tasted excellent along with Lasun Mirch Khurchan.
We ended with traditional, mouth-watering dessert varieties viz. Moong Dal Halwa and Rabdi with Malpua. The Moong Dal Halwa, being made in Desi Ghee smelled like heaven and the Rabdi with Malpua was so good; that we were on a sugar high!
Pro tip: Save enough space in your tummies for these decadent desserts.
So, if you’re a fan of Thalis and have a large appetite, then this week Soma is definitely the place to be at.
The prices are extremely reasonable and all inclusive of tax:
Veg Thaali- INR 999/-
Non Veg Thaali- INR 1111/-
To shake things up, they’ve also curated a cocktail & mocktail menu that suits well with the meal.
Local ingredients such as Cinnamon, Kacchi Kairi, Cucumber, Paan, Jaljeera, etc. are used.
The Grand Thali Feast at Soma is on until 23rd July, 2017. So rush, before it ends!