Traditional Veg. Bhakri Thali

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How to Prepare this Vegan, Gluten Free and Vegetarian (600 Calorie) Lunch/Dinner Thali?

Varan-Bhat: Maharashtrian dish Varan Bhat preparation involving split moong beans or pigeon peas and rice as its main ingredients. This Maharashtrian dal is a vegan, gluten-free recipe and doesn’t require the excellent preparation and lots of spices certain Indian dishes need. In Marathi, varan stands for lentils curry. Bhaat is rice. Firstly rice and split moong dal is cooked in a pressure cooker and then cooked split moong dal tempered with oil cumin and mustard seeds, curry leaves and green chilies.
Fenugreek Leaves Stir Fry: Saute fenugreek leaves in oil, garlic, green, and salt until it cooks well. It takes 12-15 minutes of your time. Adding non-starchy veggies like fenugreek, spinach leaves, eggplants and all greens to your meals will provide a boost of fiber that can help you feel satisfied for a more extended period after eating. Each serving of fenugreek leaves stir fry provides 102 calories, 9.6carbs, 2.3 dietary fiber,  5.5 fats and 4.71 protein along with vitamins and minerals.
Jowar Bhakri/Sorghum Flatbread: To prepare jowar Bhakri you need to add hot water into the jowar flour to make the soft dough which helps in rolling out easily. Then roast rolled disc on a hot pan without oil. Jowar Bhakri is rich in fiber and aids in weight loss. It is naturally gluten-free grain and an excellent source of protein, vitamins, and minerals.
Kharda/Green chillies-Peanuts Chutney: It's the spicy coarse blend of peanuts, green chilies, cumin seeds, and salt. This is one of the popular dish from Maharashtrian cuisine. It is so easy to make and goes well with all kinds of Indian dishes and especially taste good with bhakri, varan bhat! Kharda is a spicy, fiery, green chili chutney.
Salad/Cucumber: you need to just wash and slice cucumber and sprinkle some salt over it and serve fresh. The electrolytes in cucumber can reduce water retention. Cucumbers are low in calories and contain a good amount of water and soluble fiber, that make them aiding in weight loss. Cucumbers are a nutritious, refreshing and versatile addition to any diet.

Thali Preparation Step-by-Step:

1) Varan Bhat:


  • Split Moong Dal/Split Pigeon peas Dal(Lentils) 1 Cup
  • Turmeric 1 Tsp
  • Asafetida 1 pinch
  • Green chilies 5 strips
  • Curry leaves 9-10
  • Cumin-Mustard seeds 1 Tsp
  • Salt 1 Tsp
  • Coriander Leaves 2 Tbsp, Chopped
  • Veg.oil 2 Tsp
  • Water 1 ½ Cup
  • Rice 1 Cup+Water 1 ½ Cup
  • Salt ½ Tsp


  • Wash split moong beans dal/ lentil and add 1 ½ Cup of water.
  • Add turmeric, asafoetida, salt and few drops of oil.
  • Wash rice and add 1 ½ cup of water and salt ½ Tsp.
  • Turn on instant pot and add 2 cups of water into the pot.
  • Place rice and lentils pans with trivet and close the lid
  • Place vent on sealing position.
  • Cook on Manual Mode (Hi) for 6 minutes and NPR for 10 minutes, then release remaining pressure manually.
  • Add chopped coriander Leaves to the cooked dal and mix well.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan and splutter Cumin-Mustard seeds, Curry leaves, Green chilies and add to the cooked dal and mix well.
  • Tadaa, healthy and soothing Varan Bhat is ready to serve.

2) Methichi Bhaji/Fenugreek leaves stir fry:


  • Fenugreek leaves/ Methichi Bhaji 2 Bunches
  • Garlic 6 cloves
  • Green chilies 5 strips
  • Salt 1 Tsp
  • Veg.oil 2 Tsp


  • Pluck and wash fenugreek leaves and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add garlic and green chilies and saute for 1-2 minutes on medium to low flame or until garlic becomes golden color.
  • Add fenugreek leaves, salt and mix all well.
  • Saute and cook for 7-8 minutes or until fenugreek leaves cook well and all the water evaporated.
  • Tadaa, simple, healthy and tasty fenugreek leaves stir fry/methichi bhaji is ready to serve. Enjoy!

3)Jowar Bhakri/ Sorghum Flatbread:


  • Jowar Flour/Sorghum Flour 1 Cup
  • Water ½ Cup 


  • To Prepare Dough :
    • In a mixing bowl add jowar flour and by adding hot water knead to make a dough(add water as needed).
  • To Make Bhakri:
    • Divide dough into equal parts and make a small ball from the divided dough.Sprinkle some flour on floor or rolling board and flatten dough ball by rolling with your palms, make it a round shape.
    • Meanwhile, heat the pan or tawa and place bhakri on tawa (make sure pan or tawa should be hot). 
    • Be careful while putting the bhakri on tawa dusted side should be an upper side. 
    • Now, spread some water on bhakri and flip it immediately and roast from both sides with the help of hand as shown in the video(this technique helps bhakri to puff up nicely). 
    • Tadaa, crispy, healthy and tasty jowar bhakri is ready to serve. Enjoy!!!

4) Kharda / Green chilli-Peanuts Chutney:


  • Peanuts ½ Cup
  • Green Chillies 5 Strips
  • Cumin seeds 1 Tsp
  • Salt ½ and
  • Veg.oil 1 Tsp


  • In a blender/grinder add roasted Peanuts, Green chilies, salt, cumin seeds and grind to make a coarse spice mix.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan and add grinded mixture and roast for 4-5 minutes.

5) Cucumber Salad:

  • Wash and slice cucumber and sprinkle some salt over it and serve fresh.
  • You can adjust the quantity of dishes according to your Calorie needs and food preferences.

Dietary Comments 

  • Calorie count is based on a 2000 calorie diet.
  • Per serving contains 610 calories, along with 103 g carbohydrates, 11.5 g dietary fiber, 14 g fats, and 22 g protein.

Good Time To Eat:

  •            It's good to eat veg. thali for lunch or dinner(for dinner you can skip rice).

Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy!!!

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