States Bhawans have catering arrangements and some of them (e.g. West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Manipur etc.) have restaurants canteens that are open to outsiders.
Gujarat Bhawan in Chanakyapuri has a canteen where they serve Thalis. We had their special thali that included “Farsaan” (snacks and savories) along with the main course. However the meal started with glass of Chaach (Buttermilk) that they keep circulating throughout the meal.
The “Farsaan” comprised of Mirchi Pakora and Rice Dhokla. The dhokla is a little different from Haldiram/ Bikaner variety. It was not very sweet, fluffy and way more simple.
The main course had Rice, Chapati, Sweet Gujarati Kadhi, Veg Kofta, Dal and Mix Vegetable. The food was no fuss and light on the stomach.
Given the moderate price, unlimited servings and the excellent hospitality shown by the attendants, we are definitely coming back.