lunch thali recipe | mess wali thali recipe | thali meals under 30 mins

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lunch thali recipe | mess wali thali recipe | thali meals under 30 mins with detailed photo and video recipe. an easy and simple veg thali or the popular mess thali recipe prepared under 30 minutes. it is basically a complete indian meal made up of assembling various dishes and served on a round or pattern-based plate. it is generally served during the noon lunchtime but can also be served for night dinner time with or without any variation to it.
mess wali thali recipe



lunch thali recipe | mess wali thali recipe | thali meals under 30 mins with step by step photo and video recipe. every state and region of indian has its own way of preparing a portion of food and serving it on a platter. even though the platter is assembled with myriad types of dishes, it is still termed as thali due to its presentation. one such way of assembling and serving the thali recipe is known as mess wali thali or popularly known as the lunch combo thali recipe.

i have always received a lot of requests to make quick and easy thali recipes. even though i have showcased this recipe as mess wali thali due to its assembling, but i have prepared it very effectively. firstly the use of a cooker to cook both dal and jeera rice would save a lot of time. moreover, i have not tossed the jeera rice in the wok and all the jeera and ghee is mixed with water. next the onion and tomato base for paneer gravy, aloo gobi and dal is prepared once and used across all these recipes. this not only saves time but also helps to give a consistent taste and flavour across all the curries. further, i have prepared chapati using the pre-made dough and for raita, i have just mixed fresh curd with boondi with no additional steps.

mess wali thali recipe

furthermore, some more additional steps, suggestions and variations to the mess wali thali recipe. firstly, in the cooker preparation, i have cooked only dal and rice but it can be expanded to other veggies too. particularly, if you are preparing any additional potato or carrot based gravy, you can pressure cook it to save some time. secondly, i have adjusted the quantity of rice and dal for 2-3 serves and you can increase it as per your cooker size for more servings. lastly, i have specifically skipped preparing sweets or dessert for this recipe as it would increase the cooking time. but if you have any leftover sweets you may use them to make it a premium thali.

finally, i request you to check my other related lunch recipes collection with this post of lunch thali recipe. it mainly includes my other related recipes like sambar rice, khichdi, matar paneer, veg fried rice, temple style sambar, north indian thali, vendakkai mor kulambu, pudina rice, fada ni khichdi, ulli theeyal. further to these i would also like to mention my other related recipe categories,

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mess wali thali recipe

lunch thali recipe | mess wali thali recipe | thali meals under 30 mins

HEBBARS KITCHEN
easy lunch thali recipe | mess wali thali recipe | thali meals under 30 mins
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course thali
Cuisine north indian
Servings 3 Servings
Calories 454 kcal


Ingredients
 

for moong dal tadka:

  • ½ cup moong dal
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp ghee
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp coriander (finely chopped)

for jeera rice:

  • ½ cup basmati rice
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ghee
  • 1 cup water

for onion tomato base:

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi
  • 2 onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • 3 tomato (finely chopped)

matar paneer:

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup matar / peas
  • 10 pieces paneer (cubed)
  • ¼ tsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp coriander (finely chopped)

for aloo gobi sabji:

  • 3 tsp oil
  • 2 potato (peel and cubed)
  • 1 cup cauliflower / gobi (florets)
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp coriander (finely chopped)

Instructions
 

how to make jeera rice in cooker:

  • firstly, in a bowl take ½ cup basmati rice, 1 tsp cumin, ¼ tsp salt, ½ tsp ghee and 1 cup water.
  • along with jeera rice, your can also cook dal. to cook dal, in a cooker take ½ cup moong dal.
  • also add ¼ tsp turmeric, ½ tsp ghee, 1 cup water and ½ tsp salt.
  • place a stand and place the bowl of jeera rice.
  • cover and pressure cook for 2 whistles on medium flame.
  • finally, jeera rice is ready to serve.

how to make onion tomato base:

  • firstly, in a large kadai heat 2 tbsp oil. add 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp kasuri methi and saute until the spices turn aromatic.
  • now add 2 onion, 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste and saute until the onions turn golden brown.
  • keep the flame on low, add ½ tsp turmeric, 1 tsp chilli powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, ½ tsp cumin powder.
  • saute until the spices turn aromatic.
  • further, add 3 tomato and saute until the tomato turns soft and mush.
  • divide the onion tomato base into 3 parts (in ratio of 2:1:1) used to make matar paneer, dal and aloo jeera.

how to make moong dal fry:

  • to the pressure cooked dal, add 1 portion of onion tomato base.
  • also, add ½ tsp salt and 1 cup water. mix well adjusting consistency as required.
  • boil for a minute, or until the flavours are absorbed well.
  • now add 2 tbsp coriander and mix well.
  • finally, enjoy moong dal fry with roti or jeera rice.

how to make aloo gobi dry sabji:

  • firstly, in a kadai heat 3 tsp oil. add 2 potato and saute on medium flame.
  • saute until the potato turns slightly golden brown.
  • add 1 cup cauliflower, ¼ tsp turmeric and ½ tsp salt.
  • saute for a minute until the vegetables are half cooked.
  • add 1 portion of prepared onion tomato base and mix well.
  • further add 2 tbsp water, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • or cook until the aloo and gobi are cooked well.
  • finally, enjoy aloo gobi sabji garnished with add 2 tbsp coriander.

how to make matar paneer:

  • firstly, to the prepared onion tomato base add 1 cup water and ½ tsp salt.
  • mix well adjusting the consistency as required.
  • further, add ½ cup matar and 10 pieces paneer. mix gently.
  • cover and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the flavours are absorbed well.
  • also, add ¼ tsp garam masala and 2 tbsp coriander. mix well.
  • finally, enjoy matar paneer recipe with roti or jeera rice.

how to assemble north indian mess thali:

  • firstly, in a large thali plate, add in prepared aloo gobi, matar paneer and moong dal fry.
  • also, keep jeera rice, roti, salad, pickle and papad.
  • finally, enjoy north indian mess thali with boondi raita.

Nutrition

Calories: 454kcalCarbohydrates: 61gProtein: 15gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 1414mgPotassium: 681mgFiber: 8gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1546IUVitamin C: 45mgCalcium: 149mgIron: 5mg


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how to make jeera rice in a cooker:

  1. firstly, in a bowl take ½ cup basmati rice, 1 tsp cumin, ¼ tsp salt, ½ tsp ghee and 1 cup water.
  2. along with jeera rice, your can also cook dal. to cook dal, in a cooker take ½ cup moong dal.
  3. also add ¼ tsp turmeric, ½ tsp ghee, 1 cup water and ½ tsp salt.
  4. place a stand and place the bowl of jeera rice.
  5. cover and pressure cook for 2 whistles on medium flame.
  6. finally, jeera rice is ready to serve.

how to make onion tomato base:

  1. firstly, in a large kadai heat 2 tbsp oil. add 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp kasuri methi and saute until the spices turn aromatic.
  2. now add 2 onion, 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste and saute until the onions turn golden brown.
  3. keep the flame on low, add ½ tsp turmeric, 1 tsp chilli powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, ½ tsp cumin powder.
  4. saute until the spices turn aromatic.
  5. further, add 3 tomato and saute until the tomato turns soft and mush.
  6. divide the onion tomato base into 3 parts (in the ratio of 2:1:1) used to make matar paneer, dal and aloo jeera.

how to make moong dal fry:

  1. to the pressure cooked dal, add 1 portion of onion tomato base.
  2. also, add ½ tsp salt and 1 cup water. mix well adjusting consistency as required.
  3. boil for a minute, or until the flavours are absorbed well.
  4. now add 2 tbsp coriander and mix well.
  5. finally, enjoy moong dal fry with roti or jeera rice.

how to make aloo gobi dry sabji:

  1. firstly, in a kadai heat 3 tsp oil. add 2 potato and saute on medium flame.
  2. saute until the potato turns slightly golden brown.
  3. add 1 cup cauliflower, ¼ tsp turmeric and ½ tsp salt.
  4. saute for a minute until the vegetables are half cooked.
  5. add 1 portion of prepared onion tomato base and mix well.
  6. further add 2 tbsp water, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. or cook until the aloo and gobi are cooked well. finally, enjoy aloo gobi sabji garnished with add 2 tbsp coriander.

how to make matar paneer:

  1. firstly, to the prepared onion tomato base add 1 cup water and ½ tsp salt.
  2. mix well adjusting the consistency as required.
  3. further, add ½ cup matar and 10 pieces paneer. mix gently.
  4. cover and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the flavours are absorbed well.
  5. also, add ¼ tsp garam masala and 2 tbsp coriander. mix well.
  6. finally, enjoy matar paneer recipe with roti or jeera rice.

how to assemble north indian mess thali:

  1. firstly, in a large thali plate, add in prepared aloo gobi, matar paneer and moong dal fry.
  2. also, keep jeera rice, roti, salad, pickle and papad.
  3. finally, enjoy north indian mess thali with boondi raita.
    mess wali thali recipe

notes:

  • firstly, the whole thali takes approx 30 minutes, when the preparation is done parallelly.
  • also, preparing onion tomato base helps to make 3 dishes quicker.
  • additionally, if you are looking for spicy thali, then add green chilli to the dishes.
  • finally, north indian mess thali recipe tastes great when served hot.

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