There is one meal that stands out from every other meal I ate in India, and that is the Rajasthani thali set that I had in Jodhpur.

For those of you who’ve never had a thali set before, it’s basically a meal served on a platter with an array of little dishes. Depending on the region where you’re having your thali, the platter will typically have plain rice or some kind of bread in the middle (this could be roti, chapati, puri or naan), and then you’ll have a selection of curries, pickled vegetables, curd, and other items.

The idea behind the thali is that you get 6 different flavours in one plate: sweet, salty, bitter, sour, astringent and spicy. It’s basically a party for your taste buds, which makes it very fun to eat!

We ate at Jhankar, which is a Jain restaurant that serves up dishes that are strictly vegetarian and egg free.

The restaurant is set in a 500-year-old haveli that oozes history. We ate in their courtyard, which feels like a little oasis. I sank into the wicker chairs and was happy to sip on a lime soda while surrounded by palms and beautiful architecture.

The portions were massive, the food came fast, and every last bite was delicious. The majority of the little dishes in my thali were completely new to me, so it was nice to experiment and get a taste of Rajasthani and Jain cuisine.

If you still have room for dessert after all that food, you can try gulab jamuns, which are fried semolina balls soaked in rose syrup. Those will give you a sugar high!


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