means a plate full of different dishes, a meal, usually served in small bowls on a round tray. The round tray is generally made with steel with multiple compartments. Typical dishes include roti, curries, pickles, daal and many more. Especially in the region of Gujarat those meals are very famous!
This eggplant dish is from the Gujarat and would be served on this thali....
500 g Eggplants, cut into 5 cm pieces and than cut lengthwise into quarters
2 big Tomatoes
2,5 cm Ginger
6 Garlic cloves
1 Tsp Fennel seeds
1 Tbsp Coriander powder
1/2 Tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 Tsp Chili-powder
1 Tsp Salt
some chopped fresh Coriander leaves
Cut a cross into the bottom of the tomatoes and leave for 30 seconds in a bowl with boiling water. Than peel and chop.
Blend the onion, garlic, ginger and 1/3 of the tomatoes and set aside.
In the same oil fry the paste. Careful: it will spit!
Add the rest of the tomatoes and cook for 6 minutes.
Add the eggplants and cover the pan, let cook for 10 minutes.
Decorate with chopped coriander (or parsley) and serve hot or cold.