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Karnataka Cuisine recipes


Last Updated : May 10,2018



Top Recipes of Karnataka

Like most Indian states, Karnataka also offers the diner varied foods, with different distinct flavours. Although woven by a common theme, each region has its own characteristic taste and special items. Mangalorean cuisine is different from Udupi, which is different from Mysore, and the experienced foodie can easily tell the difference!

Mangalore offers the diner tongue-tickling curries, jackfruit papad, and other awesome dishes with a coastal touch. The balanced use of coconut, spices and kokum gives their dishes a rich mouth-feel and exciting flavour. Mysore is known for its Mysore Masala Dosa and Bisi Bele Bhaat, while Udupi is famous for its authentic Kannadiga sattvik food.

At one time, life in the temple city of Udupi revolved around the activities of the Udupi Krishna temple and math, and there were many experienced cooks who prepared offerings for the temple. The whole town was known for its authentic food, which was sattvik yet mouth-wateringly tasty. The recipes were passed down the generations, and gradually many gourmets from the town went on to set up restaurants in other parts of India. Although their cooking methods and recipes have been adapted over time to suit a larger audience, they still maintain their standards of purity, and in South India, the term ‘Udupi Hotel’ is used colloquially to refer to a pure vegetarian restaurant!

There is also one more story I’ve heard from my friend about the origin of Masala Dosa. Usually, most snacks in Karnataka are served with a potato subzi called saag. Udupi being a temple town, the people do not usually consume onions or garlic. However, as the youngsters travelled to other parts of the country, they developed a taste for onions. Since they wanted to serve it in their own town without inviting the criticism of the orthodox elders, they started wrapping the potato-onion masala inside the dosas, by way of hiding it! Thus was born the Masala Dosa that is now famous all over the world.
 

Karnataka Style Idli, Dosa, and More

Idlis and Dosas are very famous in Karnataka too. In most parts of Karnataka, the dosa has a special texture, because it is cooked only on one side without flipping over. This makes one side super-crisp and the other side slightly spongy. Benne Dose, or dosa cooked with butter, is also a classic recipe of Karnataka, as is the chutney-laced Mysore Masala Dosa. A unique recipe from this state is the Neer Dosa, a rice-based dosa that is pure white, super thin and awesomely tasty. It has a characteristic texture that is soft and slightly chewy. Its soothing taste is also a treat to the palate! It may be served with chutney and sambhar, but traditionally it is served with one sweet and one savoury accompaniment – that is, a mixture of grated coconut and jaggery, and a special potato curry called Sagu.

Rava Idli, a quick and easy idli made with semolina, is also very famous in Karnataka. This too, is served with Sagu. Kotte Kadubu is another Kannada version of idli, which is steamed in turmeric, banana or kewra leaves. This gives the idlis a superb aroma. Chow-Chow Bath is a Kannada delicacy that has an attractive name, which never fails to kindle a newcomer’s curiosity! Chow-Chow Bath is a classic sweet and savoury combo served at most Karnataka restaurants. It includes one portion of Kesari Bath (a sheera-like sweet made of semolina and fruits like pineapple or chickoo) and one portion of Khara Bath (a spicy version of semolina upma)!

These dishes are had for breakfast and for dinner. Some restaurants also serve these in the evening, from 4 p.m. upwards so they can be enjoyed with the evening cup of coffee!
 

Full Kannada Meal

A regular meal consists of vegetable preparations, a dal based preparation like Sambhar, and Rasam (known as Saaru in Kannada). When it comes to curries, Mangalorean cuisine tops the charts. They have a wide range of unique and totally mind-blowing subzis, like the Drumstick Curry, Valval, Ripe Mango Curry and Ghassi.

Kannadigas also love gojju, a gravy like preparation that has a unique blend of sweet, spicy and tangy notes. It can be made with veggies and fruits, such as bitter gourd or pineapple. Gojju is served as an accompaniment with any meal, and is sure to add a lot of excitement to it!

Saaru, Saar or Rasam is also a must-have. In some regions it is made with tamarind, while in some places they use kokum. In general, the Kannada rasam has a tempestuous flavour that is sweet as well as spicy! It is sure to shake awake your senses.

Bisi Bele Bath, a hot and spicy rice preparation, made of rice, dal and veggies flavoured with a special masala and tamarind pulp is one of the all-time favourites of the Kannada people. It is enjoyed any time of the day, for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
 

Snacks aplenty

We Indians love our evening snacks, don’t we? Be it a wholesome and sumptuous tiffin like the Mysore Masala Dosa or Nachni Dosa, or a quick bite like the Bonda, snacks help get the better of your hunger pangs in a rather tasty and exciting way!

Kadubu is one of the special snacks of Karnataka. These are steamed rice flour dumplings, with sweet or savoury stuffing. Kadubu is prepared during festivals, but also enjoyed as a snack once in a while on normal days too.

Depending on the time and the circumstances, the snack might be light or heavy. Kids back from school would like something heavy with a cup of milk, while elders on the way back from office might like a quick bite with a cup of coffee or tea!

Its dense coffee plantations are the pride of the State, and so the folks of Karnataka sure love their cup of filter coffee! In some parts of the State, Bella Coffee – that is, coffee sweetened with jaggery instead of white sugar – is very popular.

So on and so forth, every nook and corner of Karnataka has a culinary tale to tell and a treasure to share. While the journey is endless, you now know where to start. Why not try some of these classic Karanataka recipes in your own kitchen, right away?


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Recipe# 42567
21 May 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A tasty snack from the kitchens of Karnataka, Kadubu can be enjoyed for breakfast or as an evening snacks. There are numerous types of Kadubu made in Karnataka. ....
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Recipe# 42563
21 May 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A quick and easy accompaniment from the Karnataka repertoire, the Tomato Gojju is a spicy tomato curry with shades of tanginess and sweetness too. The tomato is sautéed and flavoured with a traditional tempering, a little jaggery ....
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Recipe# 42564
21 May 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Kesari Bhaat, the South Indian counter-part of the sheera, is an ever-popular sweet treat for young and old alike! Perhaps due to this reason, you will find the Kesari Bhaat is a part of most breakfast or lunch combos at South Indian restaurants. It ....
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Recipe# 42566
21 May 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Chow Chow Bhaat is one of the most unique dishes of Karnataka. This timeless treasure can be enjoyed for breakfast, evening snack or dinner, but is mostly had for breakfast. It is basically a combination of two dishes – a savoury rava bhaat and a sweet kesari bhaat, both made with semolina. The ....
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Recipe# 42570
19 May 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Jazz up your tea-time with this awesomely crunchy snack that hails from Karnataka. Very famous in the Mysore region, the Maddur Vada is a classic evening snack made by deep-frying a dough o ....
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Recipe# 4362
18 May 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
The Mangalorean Drumstick Curry is traditional fare that reflects the rich and vibrant flavours of Indian cuisine. Thanks to the abundance of coconuts along the Kerala and Konkan coast, these cuisines use coconut generously in the masalas and garnishes. Here, in this preparation, drumstick and potat ....
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Recipe# 4971
05 May 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The moment a South Indian buys a cup of tea , he would also buy a plate of Chana Dal Vada to accompany it! That is how popular this tasty South Indian Chana Dal Vada is. And not without reason. With loads ....
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Recipe# 1708
19 Apr 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
These super-soft idlis are made with a combination of readymade idli rava and cooked rice along with fluffy, wet-ground urad dal. It is easier to prepare this idli compared to the traditional one, as you need to soak wet-grind only the urad dal. It is also a relatively foolproof method that is ....
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Recipe# 42242
19 Apr 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Ela Ada is a traditional sweet delicacy from Kerala, made by steaming stuffed rice flour pancakes wrapped in a banana leaf. Here, we have shown the Ela Ada with a coconut and jaggery stuffing. On special occasions, it may also be made with a stuffing of sweetened jackfruit pulp. Ela means le ....
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Recipe# 40192
19 Apr 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Most South Indians consider breakfast incomplete without Medu Vada. Whether they have idli , dosa , pongal or upma< ....
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Recipe# 42173
04 May 18

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by Tarla Dalal
An awesome snack from the ever-busy kitchens of Mysore, the Mysore Bonda is a deep-fried fritter made of plain flour, rice flour and curds, perked up with a range of appropriate taste givers like ginger and green chillies. This traditional snack, a specialty of Karnataka, has a beautifully reddi ....
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Recipe# 32846
19 Apr 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A dish made out of rice, unique to the region of dakshin kannada and udipi district. The word 'neer' means water. The dish is named so as the batter is wattery. Serve with chutney or sambhar or for a change with jaggery mixed with grated coconut.
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Recipe# 32892
19 Apr 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
Chitranna is a very popular South Indian recipe, which is considered very auspicious and made on festival days as an offering to God. People don’t mind standing in long queues to get their share of Chitranna prasad at temples. Owing to the ease of making it and the convenience of being a one-dish me ....
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Recipe# 42109
19 Apr 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Neer Dosa is a special, indigenous recipe from Karnataka, which has a wonderful taste and unique texture despite being made of a plain rice batter! Yes, it might be hard to believe but the batter for these soft, thin, homely pancakes is made of just rice and salt. This gives the Neer Dosa a very ....
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