Feb 1, 2009

Thali on its way out in Mumbai

How many of you have had Thali on your last visit to an Indian restaurant? Exactly!

It appears that in Mumbai, Thali - which is a selection of dishes served together in small bowls on a round tray - is on its way out. This has to do with the changes in the eating patterns - perhaps due to health reasons. People don't want to consume a large plate of meal; instead they prefer to order their meals through a menu of Punjabi or Chinese dishes.

Patrons are not willing to pay Rs. 30 - 35 for a Thali - instead they prefer mini-meals. So, Thali restaurants have two choices - go out of business or change the menau.

It won't be a while before Thali will be served only on special occasions.