Lunch Thali

Here is a typical Lunch thali for Day 3 of BM#15 from our everyday life! I have grown up eating this kind of a menu with a dal, rasam, chutney and a curry with rice and curds. Only difference is I have mostly replaced rice with other whole grains.

This thali features Menthi Koora-Mamidikaya Pappu (Methi-Mango Dal), Tomato Rasam, Chayote-Tomato Curry, Red Capsicum-Tomato Chutney, Curds and Quinoa-Cracked Wheat instead of White Rice

Ingredients - 

Red Capsicum chopped 1 cup
Tomato chopped 2 cups
Onion chopped 1/2 cup
Green Chillies 3-4 or as needed
Tamarind extract 1 Tbsp as needed
Sugar/Jaggery 1 tsp (or as needed)
Garlic 2-3 cloves(Optional - I didn't add it this time)
Salt as needed
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Mustard Powder 1 tsp (or as needed)
Seasoning (Oil 1 Tbsp, Chana Dal 1 tsp, Urad dal 2 tsp, Cumin seeds 1/ 2tsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Dry Red Chillies 1-2, Fenugreek seeds a pinch, Asafoetida a pinch)

Red Capsicum-Tomato Chutney

Method Of Preparation -

In a heated wok/kadai, add oil and the rest of the seasoning ingredients. After the dals are brown and the mustard seeds pop, saute the onions until they turn translucent.

Add the green chillies, chopped tomatoes and chopped red capsicum (red bell pepper), turmeric and sugar.

Cover and let the vegetables cook through (about 10 min).

Remove from fire, add tamarind extract, salt and mustard powder. Mix well and allow to cool.

Grind the above to make a semi fine paste and check for salt.

Enjoy with steamed Rice or its substitute.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#15. 
Also sending it to Valli's Thali Mela.

Preparation Time 20 min 
Makes 1 1/2 cups
Posted by Harini R on Wednesday, April 18, 2012


  1. Yummy Chutney and luks very colorful

  2. Teena Says:
  3. Really delicious thali & the chutney looks really tasty too!!!

  4. Unknown Says:
  5. wow very nice plateful...yum yum...makes me hungry!

  6. Indian Khana Says:
  7. Chutney looks fab that colour n the platter ...yum

  8. Srivalli Says:
  9. wow lovely plate and you made it so easy by writing each one..:)

  10. Jayashree Says:
  11. Nice click, Harini...

  12. chutney looks yum..I also bookmarked the chayote curry...definitely want to try that one!

  13. Shobha Says:
  14. Lovely red chutney..presented so well..yellow BG looks very colourful with the red chutney and bell pepper on it.

  15. Jayanthi Says:
  16. Look at that the color and makes me feel so hungry. Very nice spread.

  17. Yummy and colorful chutney,never tried with tomato,used tamarind only..will try it with tomato soon....

  18. Priya Suresh Says:
  19. How flavourful this chutney will be na..Love ur thali Harini,inviting..

  20. Rasi Says:
  21. Super healthy one! I make the chutney in a similar way too.. looks great

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  22. Yummy chutney and new one.

  23. Usha Says:
  24. This is one of my favorite chutneys

  25. Kalyani Says:
  26. the chutneys is one of my fav !! superbly done.. am loving all ur thalis, Harini.. nice clicks :)

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  27. what pretty colors...this is amazing

  28. Wow well surely u r enjoying the thali series !! Nice, flavourful chutney

    Hamaree Rasoi

  29. looks great. love it

  30. preeti garg Says:
  31. look awesome and innovative

  32. a very colorful and attractive thali....the chutney looks very vibrant...and I am waiting for the other recipes.absolutely gorgeous!!

  33. Suma Gandlur Says:
  34. As you said, this is a typical Andhra style platter. I have never cooked quinoa and cracked wheat together though they get cooked in place of rice at my home.

  35. Padmajha Says:
  36. Nice platter Harini.Love the color of the chutney

  37. vidhas Says:
  38. Yummy chutney, never had the combo of belll pepper and toamto chutney. thanks for sharing.

  39. rajani Says:
  40. I have never made chutney with capsicum before. Looks colorful and nice.

  41. nasreen basu Says:
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