My Thali

Offering a captivating culinary journey through the flavors of India, My Thali: A Simple Indian Kitchen by Joe Thottungal effortlessly marries tradition with simplicity, making it a must-have for both seasoned home cooks and novices eager to explore the rich tapestry of Indian cuisine.

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What makes My Thali special is the personal touch that Chef Joe Thottungal brings to every page. Drawing from his own experiences growing up in Kerala, India, and his extensive culinary career, Thottungal infuses each recipe with a heartfelt narrative that instantly transports readers to his family kitchen and the bustling streets of India. This unique blend of personal anecdotes and expert guidance creates an engaging and immersive reading experience, making it feel like Chef Joe is right there beside you, guiding you through the intricacies of Indian cooking.

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One of the noticeable features of My Thali is its commitment to simplicity. Thottungal breaks down complex Indian recipes into approachable steps, ensuring that even those new to Indian cooking can create authentic dishes with confidence. Whether you’re making a fragrant biryani, a flavorful curry, or delectable street food, the cookbook’s clear instructions and helpful tips demystify the process and encourage experimentation. Try Joe’s Aloo Tikki with Tamarind Chutney in our Recipe section – the chutney is a nice offset to the fried potato patties. 

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The vibrant photography in My Thali adds another layer of delight to the experience. Each dish is beautifully captured, showcasing the rich colors, textures, and aromas that make Indian cuisine so enticing. From the sizzle of spices in a hot pan to the final presentation on a plate, the visuals in the book truly evoke the essence of the dishes and inspire you to recreate them in your own kitchen.

My Thali celebrates the incredible diversity of Indian cuisine by featuring recipes from his beloved Kerala and northern region, now served in his Ottawa restaurant. We first met Joe through his book Coconut Lagoon at and learned that he hosts many great celebrations and theme nights. Although the Coconut Lagoon restaurant is now closed, you can get a great seat and enjoy a delectable dinner at Thali Restaurant – check it out at 

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In My Thali: A Simple Indian Kitchen, Joe Thottungal has crafted more than just a cookbook – he has created a culinary masterpiece that bridges cultures, captures traditions, and invites us all to embark on a delicious adventure. With its accessible recipes, personal touch, and stunning visuals, this book is a treasure trove for anyone seeking to explore the rich and varied world of Indian cuisine. Whether you’re a seasoned chef looking to expand your repertoire or a curious home cook eager to try something new, My Thali is an indispensable addition to your cookbook collection. Purchase a copy at or go to our Giveaway section and add a winning book to your kitchen shelf.

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Excerpted from My Thali: A Simple Indian Kitchen by Joe Thottungal with Anne DesBrisay. Photography by Christian Lalonde. Copyright © 2023 by Thali Restaurant. Excerpted with permission from Figure 1 Publishing. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.