Simple South Indian Thali

We are starting the second week of Blogging Marathon #16 and I chose the combo theme which includes Thali and Kid's Summer delight.
Today's post is a simple South Indian Thali which is made for lunch in most of the households.
The lunch menu consists of White rice,mor kulambhu,rasam,beans paruppu usili,potato curry,curd and tomato pickle.

Beans Paruppu Usili

                                   Paruppu usili is a traditional South Indian stir fry which is made with dhal and vegetables.It can be made with veggies such as cluster beans,snake gourd,banana blossom and beans.This paruppu usili is a great accompaniment for mor kulambhu and kara kulambhu.Here is the recipe....


Beans(finely chopped)11/2cups
Channa dhal/kadalai paruppu1/2cup
Red chilly/varamilagai2-3nos.
Turmeric powder1/8tsp
Mustard seeds/kadugu1/2tsp
Urad dhal/ullutham paruppu1tsp
Asafoetida/perungayama pinch
Saltto taste

                    Soak the channa dhal for an hour and grind it with red chilly,salt and pinch of asafoetida to a coarse paste.
Meanwhile cook the chopped beans in a steamer for2-3minutes or till it becomes tender and keep aside.
Now steam cook the ground channa dhal till it gets cooked and crumble it after it cool down completely.
Heat the pan with oil and crackle the mustard seeds and urad dhal,add the curry leaves.Add the cooked beans and saute it for a minute with a pinch of salt.Then add the crumbled dhal mix and sprinkle 2tsp of water and cook it for 2-3 minutes or till everything mixed together.
At this stage add the grated coconut and mix it well and cook it for a minute in a medium flame.
Serve it as an accompaniment for rice.

Potato curry

                                        This is a simple yet delicious potato curry which can be made in 10-15 minutes goes very well with rice and roti.


Potato3-4nos.(medium size)
Onion(finely chopped)1no.(medium size)
Green chilly2-3nos.
Sambhar powder11/2tsp
Turmeric powder1/8tsp
Mustard seeds/kadugu1/2tsp
Urad dhal/ullutham paruppu1tsp
Asafoetida/perungayama pinch
Curry leaves1sprig
Coriander leaves(chopped)2tsp
Saltto taste


             Wash the potatoes and microwave it for 5 minutes and peel the skin,mash it roughly and keep aside.
Heat oil in the pan,add the mustard seeds and urad dhal,once it starts splutter add the asafoetida and curry leaves.Add the chopped onion,green chilly and crushed garlic and saute it till transparent with a pinch of salt.Add the sambhar powder,turmeric powder and salt,saute it for a while.
Now add the mashed potatoes and mix it well till it gets blend.Cook it in a medium flame for 5 minutes and stir in between couple of times.Garnish it with coriander leaves.
Potato curry is ready.

  • For beans paruppu usili,equal quantity of channa dhal and toor dhal can also be used.
  • For potato curry a tsp of ginger&garlic paste can be added and the sambhar powder can be substituted with 1tsp of chilly powder and coriander powder.
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Linking this to Srivalli's Cooking4allSeasons Thali Mela.


Same here Nalini, I took the combo theme and even I posted south indian thaali for day 1. Yours look so good. I love your pics ...need to take a class from you.

Tempting thali...Love to have this...

Awesome spread.. Its lunch time here and this spread in front me.. Very hungry.. :)
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wow, thali looks superb and so tempting..i just had my lunch, feel like hungry again :)

Thats a fantastic lunch! :P

Both the curry's look yummy! I never add coconut in usili! Nice post Nalini!

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Wat a spread, seriously makes me hungry even after having my dinner, both usili and potato curry looks seriously prefect and irresistible.

Paruppu usili looks inviting, i too make it the same way except the addition of coconut...wonderful spread! very ncie n neatly presented!
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South Indian thali.... irresistible !!
I always go for it.

Lovely spread,feel like having it now:-)

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Delicious usli and potato curry. Love that spread.

Two of my favorite dishes.. Delicious.

Amazing spread Nalini, looks super delicious!

Wht a delicious and perfect thali...

mouthwatering spread...and loved the presentation

Wow looks so tempting...lovely looking spread. Beautiful clicks too!

This looks so appetising! I feel like having lunch now whilst at work:)

delicious platter...usli looks yummy and wonderful!

Very inviting, beautiful presentation..

Beautiful presentation... perfect thali

amazing spread! love the paruppu usli!

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