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Simple switches: thali

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Thali is a meal made up of a selection of dishes, including rice, vegetables, roti, papad, chutney and pickles.

 

They are served in small bowls on a large round tray – or Thali. 

 

Thali dishes can be high in fat and carbs but we've suggested a few simple swaps to make it more healthy. 

10 easy swaps for healthier thali 

  1. Eat roti instead of puri. Make your rotis healthier by using wholemeal flour and leaving out the butter and ghee.
  2. Choose basmati or easy cook rice as they will keep you fuller for longer because they release energy slowly.
  3. Keep an eye on your portion sizes.  If you choose to have chapatti and rice at the same meal, make your portions smaller.
  4. Measure the amount of oil you use when cooking curries and dahl, rather than just free pouring. Usually 1­–2 tsp of oil is enough to feed a family of four.
  5. Add extra vegetables to your curries to make them go further and to add more goodness.
  6. Steam bhinda instead of frying it to make it lower in fat - and healthier.
  7. Papad will be healthier if you roast it, rather than fry it.
  8. Pickles are laden with oils and high in fat so swap them for lasan or dhana chutney.
  9. Use less salt in your cooking and don't add any at the dinner table.
  10. Eatfresh fruit as your dessert and save gulab jaman as a treat for special occasions.
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