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"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
Restaurants typically offer a choice of vegetarian or non-vegetarian
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.
Thali also referes to the wedding
chain in traditional Hindu wedding ceremony that the groom ties around the
bride's neck. It is also called mangalsutra and is
symbolically akin to the exchange of rings in western weddings. Gold
and silver are the only metals used and pendant is generally cast in a
few traditional shapes. However among the poor sections of the society
a simple orange thread replaces gold and the pendant is replaced by
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