Photographer's Note

I'm getting hungry looking at this picture. We used to eat thali (dishes on the left) almost every day. In the bottom left corner there is masala dosa - ready to eat. I wish we didn't have pepsi there, but we're afraid to drink lassi in India.

Thali is an Indian meal with contents varying from one regional cuisine to another. A thali is a selection of different dishes, usually served in small bowls on a round tray. Typical dishes might include rice, dal, vegetables, chapati, papad, curd (yoghurt), small amounts of chutney or pickle,and a sweet dish to top it.
Depending on the restaurant or the region you are in, the thali consists of delicacies native to that region. The North Indian Thali starts you out with Pooris, Chappattis(Rotis), different vegetarian specialities(curries), usually a sweet, and other miscellaneous items. The South Indian Thali comes with applams papad, rice delicacies and similar items from the North Indian.
In some restaurants, a thali may include "bottom-less" refills on all components of food; the idea is that one eats until fully satisfied.

Masala Dosa is a South Indian tiffin dish that has now become extremely popular all over India and abroad. The batter made is similar to regular Dosa batter with some additional ingredients.

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