Thali is a traditional style of meal served in India. The name derives from the type of plate it is served on. A thali consists of different dishes served in small bowls called katoris on a round metal tray, or on a banana leaf. It is a healthy way of eating because it ensures a balanced intake of all vitamins, proteins, minerals and carbohydrates. Traditional thali meal contains chappati
or puris, chutneys, pickles, steamed rice, cooked pulses and legumes, curries, raita
, papads and spiced stir-fried nuts.