Simple Assamese Lunch

assamese meals


Off all the North Eastern states, Assam was the easiest. There were enough on-line recipe sources for this state.

So I could stick to my original plan of a ‘meal’ or a mini thali for this state as well.

The site Assamese Recipes, With heart and soul had 5-6 meal platters, so I put together one for my post from those.


So for the third state, presenting a mini meal with a spinach curry, mashed potatoes and brinjal, tomato pickle style and of course, the dal. And everything is served with rice.

I really liked the mashed potato curry, it was easy to put together and tasted simple, yet great. A bit of lemon juice squeezed takes this dish to a whole new level. This recipe, is definitely a keeper.

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The Xaak bhaji or the green leaves curry, was very simple, with minimal spices (the entire cooking was with minimal spices). It tasted awesome, yet it was light on stomach.

This is usually prepared with a variety of greens that is locally available in Assam. Since that choice is not there, I went ahead and used a bundle of palak.


There was a bit of sweetness (from jaggery) on the tomato pickle/condiment. The name of the dish itself is sweet and sour tomatoes, after all. But after being used to either sweet or salty preparations our whole life, this bit of both taste together wasn’t as appealing as I thought it would be.

Yet we liked it, but I would leave out the sweet factor the next time I make it.


Meal idea: Assamese Recipes and Aakhol Khor

  • Rice
  • Masur Dal (dali or dail) : Red Split lentils, masoor dal, cooked with tomatoes
  • Xaak Bhaaji :    A green leafy preparation,  I used the locally available Palak variety
  • Aloo Bengena Pura Pitika : An Assamese Baingan Bharta kind of preparation. This has roasted eggplant and potatoes in it, mixed with onions and chillies.
  • Bilahir Tok : A condiment made with tomatoes


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Filed under Rice, Pasta, Side Dishes, Thali

29 responses to “Simple Assamese Lunch

  1. Bilahir tok,just cant take my eyes from ur click.. Its a feast for me, not a simple lunch Rajani..comforting foods.

  2. Bilahir tok looks fabulous and fingerlicking one :) such an deliicous virtual treat :) looks fantastic .. Once more an virtual treat from assam from your end :) very comforting lunch :)

  3. You make some lovely thaali meals!! Just drooling over your recipes in your blog :)

  4. such a simple yet delicious meal. I’d love this for lunch now..

  5. nalini

    Wonderful looking Assamese Thali…..

  6. A very comforting thali Rajani.

  7. you are amazing, there i was struggling to find one veg recipe and you ended up creating a thali…i would have to applaud your hubby to letting you have done so many experiments…this thali is simply awesome and on the tomato pickle i had similar experience with the pumpkin oambal , was a bit sweet for my taste, so i will reduce the sweet content

  8. such a homely thali!!!

  9. Wish I was there when you served that delicious lunch …so scrumptious !!

  10. love the thali rajani!! bilahir tok is yum, i too made it but not for assam!!! finger-licking good!!! :)

  11. Wonderful Rajani..great efforts..I was struggling for one dish and here you are with so many!

  12. That thali looks simple and so comforting.. Like Valli said when we were struggling to get one dish posted, you have managed to post an entire thali.

  13. Wow! Another thali! It looks great.

  14. All these thalis are making me drool…looks really good!

  15. Delicious Thali. I am struggling to do one dish per state and some of you are making thalis for each state. Great work…

  16. Simple, yet delicious, I loved the Assamese cuisine, it surely is simple, light and flavorful. you been cooking a lot…awesome thalis!!

  17. Like Vaishali you certainly are cooking up a storm. Wish I can taste them all.

  18. I can see lot of similar recipes with different names and Assamese lunch looks so simple and would have tasted yum

  19. A full thali again :-)) kudos girl ! and I appreciate ur neighbours and friends pitching in too !

  20. I love the thali, especially the tomato condiment looks vibrant.

  21. Love to see your post…….The dishes looks mouthwatering……..I m very happy that you have explored my blog Assamese Recipes with Heart & Soul

  22. PJ

    I am wondering how you manage to cook thali day after day! And this is indeed a feat.Love the second last pic.Sooo good!!

  23. usha

    That is a lovely platter. Spinach and mashed potato brinjal caught my attention. Beautiful and appetizing clicks.

  24. Nice lunch spread again. Looks so inviting.

  25. Twilight

    Very nice pictures, I’m loving it :-)! Could you tell me please, where can I get such Tali bowls and plats to serve the Tali dish? I’m from Switzerland and I have not found any bowl and plat similar to yours :(. Thank you very much for your answer!

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