India is a country that offers diversity in almost everything and I feel that after language, food is one of the most important elements that showcase this diversity in cultures. For me a regional cuisine thali is a perfect platform to bring that diversity on a plate, most of the times we see a thali that represents the best of that particular region, sometimes thalis are extravagant and showcase two or more regions together. One such conceptual thali is the Maharaja Thali at Rasoda.
The recently opened Rasoda, in Old Goa, is a prime example of how different cultures and flavours from 2 northern states of India find a place in one thali. Rajasthan and Punjab are the 2 states that form the culinary delights at Rasoda. Spread across 2 floors, Rasoda is both a restaurant and a sweets shop. The ground floor has a more cafe-like appeal, while the upper floor is decorated with the Rajasthani theme and with low floor seating, it does offer a rustic charm.
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Rasoda does offer an al-a-carte menu and smaller versions of thalis specific to each region, but the best way to enjoy best of both the cuisines is indeed the Maharaja thali. With a whopping 32 dishes on the thali, you surely will feel royal while having this thali.
The meal starts with the serving of Dhoklas and a Khasta Kachori Chaat along with some refreshing Chaas. One bite into the kachori and you will know that it is both delicious and gheelicious. Yes, one significant feature of both Rajasthani and Punjabi cuisine and probably the only commonality is the generous use of ghee. The texture of the kachori in the true sense was ‘khasta’ and it almost melts in your mouth. The dhokla, on the other hand, was made as juicy as possible. Topped with some spicy green chillies, it was just perfect.
This was followed by a serving of Tandoori Platter, which had Veg Seekh Kebabs, Tandoori Aloo and Mirchi Pakoda, accompanied by some delicious chutneys.
Even before the main course thali comes, I could feel my stomach filling up fast, but the aroma of the food kept my curiosity high and I was looking forward to the thali.
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The main course thali had about 13 dishes from both the regions including signature dishes like Ker Sangri, Kadhi, Gatte Ki Sabzi from Rajasthan and Dal Makhani, Palak Paneer, Pindi Chole amongst others. Then there was a dessert platter which became the highlight of the meal. With exclusive items like Anjeer Ka Halwa, Choorma and Dal Ka Halwa, these items were literally to die for.
And the best part of this thali is that it is good to be shared between 4 people and thus gives you a wonderful chance to bond with your family or friends over a delicious meal and the servings are unlimited. So eat as much as you can!
If you haven’t been to Rasoda yet, it definitely calls for a visit, and I am sure you will enjoy as much as I did.
₹700 for two people (approx.) Exclusive of applicable taxes and charges, if any. Cash and Cards accepted
Shop 21/22, Milroc Kadamba, NH 748, By-Pass Kadamba Road, Old Goa, Goa