“India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition.”
-Mark Twain

I am a huge fan of thalis which are traditional Indian plated meals. Thalis are a wonderful way to try many different things at once. Most thalis will have lentil curries, seasonal vegetables, chutneys galore, breads, rice and dessert: all served at once. And what is more, many of the places that serve thalis offer unlimited refills on anything you want! What more could one ask for? The food can be served on plates  (typically round steel plates) or on banana leaves. Thali meals, typically small in portions, are a spectacular combination of flavors, textures and aromas. It used to be they were mostly vegetarian but not so anymore. I am sharing with you a collection of my thali photos – some are traditional, some are modern, there is even a depiction of a thali using crochet done by my grand mother-in-law, there are thali take-out dishes, and thalis ranging from simple to spectacular.

Before you turn the slideshow on, stop everything else. Go get a cup of coffee, tea or a tipple and then sit back and enjoy the sixty or so photos. It will take under two minutes to watch but it will, forever, find a place in your heart! Just as it has in mine.

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