Even though the Republic Day parade is an annual affair that most of us get to see from the comforts of our home, it is almost impossible not to feel awe and admiration for the sheer diversity of people & cultures of India that is put on display. The dazzling spectacle of beautiful costumes and tableau, colorful dances to the sounds of local music and the mind boggling display of the wide variety of cultural heritage that is highlighted barely scratches the surface when it comes to the diversity that co-exists on this land called India.
While traveling to experience this rich cultural diversity of India is slightly restrictive as it puts pressures on time and immense amount of coordination, food is an easier way to taste what a particular culture has to offer. Instead of looking at specific recipes of food items, let’s look at how regionally people consume a variety of food items during one meal through Thali.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had a while ago through their twitter account highlighted the Thalis from different states of India in a series of posts. Let’s revisit some of these:
This mouthwatering thali has rice, a meat dish, fermented products such as cheese and soy beans, tomatoes, red chilli chutney & steamed organic vegetables.
This delicious thali comprises of a meat dish, fish, dal, saah , aloo pitika and fresh vegetables.
A perfectly balanced meal that is cooked in the omnipresent coconut oil is started with a serving of the sweet payasam
This Thali comprises of seafood, rice, meat dishes, sol kadhi and the famous spicy vindaloo dish among other food items
The Bihari thali typically has kebabs, sattu paratha, aloo chokha (smoked spicy mashed potatoes), chicken masala, & postaa-dana kaa halwaa
Jammu and Kashmir
Kashmiri wazwan comprises of the popular meat preparations such as rogan josh, yakhini, rista (meat balls) accompanied with the favourite beverages of kahwah and noon chai.