Punjabi style thali/ Indian meal menu

When my SIL visited us last month, she brought loads of stuff...remember the Zaatar. Yeast (rapid rise, instant, no smell, long lasting types), Sumac, and other masalas also followed. During discussions we planned an impromptu lunch at MIL's place. We did not realize when the small get-together turned into a mega lunch event. We probably had 15 people turned out for lunch.
Amidst the chaos, I managed to get a few pictures clicked (with frowning husband in the background asking - Thinking about your blog?) I clicked some running kids to make up

Menu for the day
Paneer Matar
Jeera Rice
Cucumber Raita
Mango pickle
muskmelon in sugar syrup

Bhature -
I have made non yeast bhature and enjoyed them a lot. But ever since I have made these I am sort of hooked to the yeast based bhatura
Watch out for the recipe soon

There are many ways to make chhole.Popular recipes are amritsari chhole, pindi chhole. chana masala. A few key spices mixed and moved will give you the variations. The key ingredient is the souring agent. Tomato, dry mango powder or curd can decide the texture and color of the gravy.

Paneer Matar 
This smooth tomato based gravy is slightly tangy and smells more of the spices than the chilli. Perfectly supports the chhole and bhature to give the required balance.

1 cup paneer cubes
1 medium onion finely chopped
2 medium tomatoes (deseeded and pureed)
1/2 cup green peas
1 tspn red chilli powder
1 tspn turmeric powder
1 tspn garam masala powder
1 tspn coriander cumin seeds powder
1 tspn curd
2 tbsp Oil
salt to taste
1) In a frying pan, heat the oil.
2) Saute the onions till they are pink in color
3) Add the tomato puree and saute till the color changes.
4)Add all the masalas and saute further.
5)Add the green peas and let it cook 
6)Add the curd and paneer and close the pan with a lid
7)Let it simmer
9) Add salt and garnish
You can add the 

This recipe is from my elder sister. And this is such a winner. The regular kachumer or raita becomes extra special.
2 cucumber chopped (almost slaughtered)
1 cup thick curd(hung curd would do)
1 tspn salt
1 tspn finely chopped green chillies
1 tspn coriander finely chopped
1) Mix the curd , chillies and coriander and form a paste
2) Add salt to cucumber and let it sweat. Remove the water and add the cucumber to the curd.
3) Mix well

Jeera Rice
The simplest  yet my most bankable rice recipe. I will post this soon.

Mango Pickle
I have so many recipes lined up for posting this time. Watch out the space for all kinds.


Usha said…
Even I make similar cucumber raita. Sometimes I also add carrots. Beautiful thali!
Lovely platter Pradnya..the chola bhatura always reminds me of Delhi..liked the mattar paneer too..but would give you a suggestion..at step four add 1tsp of whole wheat flour to the masalas,saute' and the add the peas ..or watever.this will blend all flavors well and the gravy will not leave water...Nostalgic Platter!!is what I will call this one..too many memories with this combo.
Chef Mireille said…
I love Muttar Paneer...the first thing I ever made when I started cooking Indian food myself!
Priya Suresh said…
Super delicious thali..Just love bhature and channa together..
Nupur said…
A core Punjabi by heart .. you have made me relive my childhood .. :) all our bdy parties had these dishes and Mum used to serve them with all love and affection..

nice platter.. thumbs up for clicking before you grab a bite :P .. thats even harder :)
anjana said…
delicious and tempting thali..perfectly done..
Sravs said…
Wow i love punjabi thali this is so decetable and lovely spread of dishes !!!!!!
Harini R said…
Chole Bature - fav combo !! Good and tempting thali.
vidhas said…
I am big fan of chole bhatura. Wonderfu thali.
Srivalli said…
Love that plate Pradnya, esp that batura and chole!..how nice to meet family with food and fun!..I am sure all of you enjoyed!
Jayanthi said…
Thats the best thing about having family around just a simple gathering is enough to make memories. Loved your platter.
Rasi said…
suepr yum platter pardyna.. i just couldn't help but laugh when i imagine you clicking some snaps for namesake :)..i am sure everyone must have had a blast with this meal!

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Padmajha said…
I love Punjabi food.Platter looks inviting...
preeti garg said…
love this punjabi thali
rajani said…
I LOVE chole bature combination. My mother used to make this before. I have never tried making it, since I avoid deep frying (but well, I made vadas recently, so may be can make these too as well!).
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