Hearty servings, sumptuous fare and the allusion of ghar-ka-khana are signature to every great thali. Be it the ghee-loaded Marwari fare you seek or the delectable undhiyu from a Gujrathi thali; Pune is chockfull of Thali joints that aim to please.
Taste tradition this weekend, with a lip-smacking mouthful from these awesome thalis:
Traditional Marathi Thali at Durvankur
Strictly vegetarian, you can hope to taste traditional Marathi ‘jevan’ here. Their massive thali brings you unlimited servings of 3 staple sabzi, chapatis that you can substitute with bhakris or puris. Then there is dal, raita, chutney, papad and Dahi Vada to top it off. The fun doesn’t stop there, for you have the pulav, khichdi and even a Kadhi.
They appease your sweet tooth with a shrikhand seasonal fruit rabri or basundi. If you dare to polish off every morsel, they’ll discount Rs. 20!
Where : Sadashiv Peth
Cost : Rs.300 per plate
Savour Gujarat at Sapna Thali
One of Pune’s most famous places to try the customary Gujrathi Thali is Hotel Sapna. Tucked away on JM road, this serves four diverse types of thali based on the extent of your appetite. Choose the Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum thalis and you can savour dahi wada done right; undhiyu, fruit salad, the Gujrathi kadhi, khandvi or even puran poli among other offerings.
Where : JM Road
Cost : Rs. 195-415 per plate
Kerala Thali at Chopsticks Malabar
If you get your jollies from an authentic Kerala Thali, then head on to Viman Nagar and make a beeline for Chopsticks Malabar. Falling in love with their appam is a sure thing. The chicken pepper fry is unparalleled and the thali also brings you a spectacular Meen curry. Try try lip smacking rasam and chicken Mulakitathu for a divine meal. Their thali are served in fish, prawn, chicken and mutton
Where : Viman Nagar
Cost : Rs. 180-220 per plate
Go Rajasthani at Chokhi Dhani
With an elaborate ambience that is reminiscent of Rajasthan, you can taste the authentic Rajasthani thali here. Be it the achar or the papads served with oodles of desi ghee, expect hearty servings of soul food here. Their dal batti churma shall take you on a culinary journey to Rajasthan, while their gatte ki sabzi shall titivate your palate.
The bajra khichda is particularly enjoyable as is the moong halwa. The meal is a tad pricey, but it includes the evening activities in a stunning setting.
Where : Wagholi
Cost : Rs.750 per plate
Mangalorean Fare at Fish Curry Rice
Whether you order the fish, crab or special fish thali; you are in for a treat. Right from their Solkadi to the crisp Rava fried surmai and Bangda, you’re sure to enjoy the stunning flavours. Dunk bhakri in the kolambi curry and you have reached food heaven. The Kismur chutney is an interesting addition and is made of scallions and shrimp.
Where : Law College Road
Cost : Rs.530-760 per plate
#All prices mentioned are indicative and readers are advised to check with the individual restaurants to confirm prices.
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