Sunday, May 9, 2010

Scientific Indian Thali

Hello everyone,

Finding an article about the Science behind the Indian Thali, I just couldn't resist combining my top 2 passions - Scientific India and Food !

The epitome of Indian food is the quintessential Thali. It is little wonder that any travel-documentary is incomplete unless the presenter visits a restaurant that claims to serve the "Authentic Indian Thali".

Translated from Hindi as "Plate", the Thali comprises all the essential ingredients in a menu. The Thali has various variants that depend on the region where it is being served, but all the nutrients that are part of it remain almost the same.

So here comes a short post about the "Scientific Indian Thali". Check out the below link from Deccan Chronicle, one of the leading national dailies:

As mentioned, the Thali has all nutrients required for the effective functioning of our body.

However, in today's fast-paced world, such an elaborate arrangement with A-Z dishes is quite a luxury. No wonder we prefer fast-foods, that help bring down our health at a faster pace :-)

Nikhil Mundra

9th May 2010


Shreya said...

yummilicious :) thali

Paras said...

HI Nikhil
I have been seeing your article and must thank you for being so informative about all the topics covered.
I was reading one article by Mr Hari on Eating Habits of Indian in his Blog named
He says that Non Vegetarian Food habits were there in ancient india and its also written in Rig Vega and other sacred books.
Now since I am not good on understanding old texts in sanskrit (I would master it in near future definately) so can't check mr Hari's claim...
Hope you can add some comment on it..
I am a Vegetarian and its by choice and conscience.
Thanks Again

Ganesh said...

@Paras - Yes, there is enough evidence of our early ancestors having followed non-vegetarian food habits. But remember, the Jains trace themselves back to the Ikshavaku dynasty (that of Lord Rama) and what we should infer from this is that, like Rama who (despite his own father claimed to have 17000 wives)had just one wife, there have always been people with various opinions and a sect of the people have always been there who followed vegetarian food principles. In fact in the Bhagavad Gita, which comes much later (end of Vedic period), Krishna clearly announces the merits of Satvika food in comparison to Rajasa and Tamasa equivalents. Nevertheless, Arjuna used to eat meat. It is not as though we suddenly adopted the belief. But to some extent, Mahavira and to a large extent Adi Shankara molded the majority of our minds to accept that vegetarian diet should be followed. The beauty with Hinduism is flexibility. Every great soul that has been a part of the religion has never forced anything on us. Rather, they explained the merits of what they felt was good/righteous and left it on us to decide what we want to do.