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Blogging Marathon# 40: Week 4/ Day 1
Theme: Bookmarked recipes from BM# 39
Dish: Tamil Nadu Thali

Today we are starting the final week of blogging marathon# 40. After posting the unused posts from last month’s mega marathon, this week’s theme is still related to the mega marathon. I’m going to post the bookmarked recipes from my fellow marathoners for the next 3 days.

Mega marathon was sure mega in lots of different ways — mega research, mega posts, mega yapping on Whatsapp and then mega bookmarked posts after the marathon itself. I had bookmarked a lot of dishes, which I’m sure I will not be able to get to if not for this theme. After seeing so many amazing thalis during the marathon, I’m kind of obsessed with the thali concept. So for the next 3 days, I decided to do 3 thalis with bookmarked recipes.

For the first day, I have a very simple thali from Tamil Nadu. Initially I was planning to make an elaborate thalis like the ones Sandhya & Nalini posted. But one the day I planned to cook, one dish after the other got dropped out of the list and in the end it was an extremely simple thali with everyday dishes. In case you are wondering what I took off the list, I planned to make masala vada/ paruppu vadai, sundal and a lentil based dessert.

Tamil Vegetarian Thali

Finally this is what my Thali consisted of:

Simple Vegetarian Tamil Nadu Thali
Simple Vegetarian Tamil Nadu Thali
Simple Vegetarian Tamil Nadu Thali

Kootu: I used Sandhya’s Chow-chow kootu recipe and since I didn’t have chow-chow (chayote), I used bottle gourd/ sorakaya instead. The use of ground masala paste gives this dish a lot of flavor and it goes well with both rice and roti.

Simple Vegetarian Tamil Nadu Thali

Chow-chow Kootu

  • Servings: 4-serving
  • Time: 65 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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A Simple Vegetarian Thali from Tamil Nadu with Cabbage Poriyal, Potato Podimas, Kootu, Mango Pachadi, Tomato Rasam, Sambar, White Rice and Yogurt .


  • Cuisine: tamil
  • Style of Preparation: Vegan
  • Course: side dish
  • Preparation Time: 20 mins
  • Cooking Time: 45 mins


1 Bottle gourd/ Sorakaya – small, peeled and diced (or use 2 chayote/ Bangalore vankaya)
½ cup Masoor dal
¼ cup Coconut – grated, fresh or frozen
2 ~ 3 Green Chilies – slit
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Raw rice
¼ tsp Turmeric powder
to taste Salt
For Tempering:
1 tsp Urad dal
1 tsp Mustard seeds
2 Dry red chilies
½ tsp Asafoetida/ Hing
8 ~ 10 Curry leaves


  1. Pressure cook the dal and veggies until tender using enough water. Alternately dal can be pressure cooked and veggies can be cooked separately in the microwave.
  2. Grind coconut, cumin seeds, green chilies and rice to a smooth paste adding just enough water.
  3. Once the dal and vegetables are cooked through, add the ground paste, turmeric and salt; let it come to a boil. Cook for about 10 more minutes till the kootu reaches the desired consistency.
  4. Heat 2tsp oil in a small saucepan; add the urad dal, mustard seeds, dry red chilies and asafoetida/ hing. Once the seeds start to splutter, add the curry leaves and add this to the simmering dal.

Tomato Rasam: Tamilians sure know how to make a mean rasam. So I just followed Sandhya’s recipe for rasam and it sure was super tasty.

Simple Vegetarian Tamil Nadu Thali

Tomato Rasam

  • Servings: 4-serving
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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A Simple Vegetarian Thali from Tamil Nadu with Cabbage Poriyal, Potato Podimas, Kootu, Mango Pachadi, Tomato Rasam, Sambar, White Rice and Yogurt .


  • Cuisine: tamil
  • Course: soups & stews
  • Preparation Time: 10 mins
  • Cooking Time: 20 mins


1 Tomato – large, chopped
1 tbsp Tamarind paste
1 Green Chili – chopped
¼ cup Toor dal
1 tsp Rasam Powder/ Sambar powder
¼ tsp Asafoetida/ Hing
to taste Salt
½ tsp Sugar
2 tbsps Cilantro – finely chopped
1 tsp Mustard seeds


  1. In a sauce pan; combine tamarind paste, chopped tomato and green chili and 1 cup of water. Heat on medium-low flame. Add the rasam/ sambar powder, asafoetida, salt and sugar and let the mixture come to a boil partially covered and simmer for about 10~15 minutes or until the liquid reduces to half of its quantity.
  2. In the meantime, pressure cook the toor dal until very soft and mash it well with 1~2 cups of water. 
  3. Once the rasam boils well, add the mashed dal to the saucepan and also add the cilantro leaves.
  4. Let the rasam come to a soft boil, just until it froths up. Do not let the rasam boil too vigorously. Turn off the flame.
  5. In another small saucepan; heat 1tsp ghee and add the mustard seeds. Once the seeds start to splutter, add them to the rasam and keep it covered until ready to serve.

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 40

12 thoughts on “Simple Vegetarian Tamil Nadu Thali”

  1. This thali itself looks elaborate to me. If you had cooked all sides you had planned to, it would have been a mega elaborate thali. Wonderful job! Even I have a long list of bookmarked recipes and don’t know when I will try all those recipes!

  2. Lovely recipes Pavani and this is not simple….Such a elaborate meal for the bookmarked theme 🙂

  3. The thali is by no means simple..it looks just perfect!..lovely dishes and they look inviting, I have yet to do thalis from South..I am book marking..will come back for reference!..well made and well presented.

  4. That surely looks so inviting Pavani, all the dishes look so complementing and so delicious..very well done..

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