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Karnataka Cuisine recipes

Last Updated : Oct 01,2018

Veg Recipes of Karnataka, Veg Recipes of Kannada

We have a large collection of 32 different types of Karnataka Recipes or Veg Recipes from 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!

Bisi Bele Bhaat
Bisi Bele Bhaat

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.

Veg Recipes of Karnataka, how Masala Dosa was discovered in Udupi?

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!

Mysore Masala Dosa with Green Chutney
Mysore Masala Dosa with Green Chutney

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 Recipes, Idli, Dosa, and More

Benne DosaBenne Dosa

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.

Chow Chow Bhaat
Chow Chow Bhaat

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!

Veg Recips of Kannada, Full Kannada Meal

Manglorean Drumstick CurryManglorean Drumstick Curry

A regular Kannada 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.

Tomato Gojju
Tomato Gojju

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!

Kokum Saar
Kokum Saar

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 Veg Recipes of Kannada. It is enjoyed any time of the day, for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Veg Recipes of Karnataka, Snacks aplenty

Mysore BondaMysore Bonda

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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Medu Vada,  South Indian Snack
Recipe# 40192
07 Nov 18

by Tarla Dalal
Most South Indians consider breakfast incomplete without Medu Vada. Whether they have idli , dosa , pongal or upma< ....
Mysore Chutney, South Indian Mysore Chutney
Recipe# 1657
01 Sep 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
Kannada cuisine is generally marked by the moderate use of coconut and jaggery in almost all accompaniments. Here in the Mysore Chutney, these ingredients come together with a combination of dals, tamarind and spices. This chutney can be spread on the inner side of
Rava Vada, Sooji Vada
Recipe# 41937
20 Aug 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
The Rava Vada is a very popular South Indian snack, which has a unique taste and fabulous texture. Moreover, it is very quick and easy because you do not have to prepare a batter. So, you can make this without any fuss when a sudden guest arrives. The se ....
Chana Dal Vada, Crispy Chana Dal Vada
Recipe# 4971
16 Aug 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 ....
Mysore Masala Dosa ( Mumbai Roadside Recipe)
Recipe# 33392
28 Jul 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
This is Mumbai’s own version of Mysore Masala Dosa. While the traditional Mysore Masala Dosa features chutney-smeared dosas with a simple potato masala rolled inside it, Mumbai’s street vendors offer a more exotic version, in which crispy dosas are smeared with a sweet, spicy and tangy Mysore chutne ....
Bonda, Urad Dal Bonda
Recipe# 32654
26 Jul 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
A scrumptious snack made with a batter of urad spiked up with pepper and curry leaves, Bonda is an evergreen favourite across South India. It can be served as an evening snack with
Recipe# 42567
29 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. ....
Tomato Gojju, Karnataka Spicy Tomato Curry
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 ....
Kesari Bhaat
Recipe# 42564
12 Jul 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 ....
Chow Chow Bhaat
Recipe# 42566
14 Aug 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 ....
Maddur Vada
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 ....
Manglorean Drumstick Curry
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 ....
Cooked Rice Idli
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 ....
Ela Ada Recipe, Sweet Rice Pancake
Recipe# 42242
03 Sep 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 ....
Mysore Bonda, South Indian Snack
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 ....
Neer Dosa ( How To Make Neer Dosa )
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.
Chitranna Rice ( South Indian Recipes )
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 ....
Brown Rice Neer Dosa, Without Fermentation
Recipe# 42109
07 Jun 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 ....
Mangalore Banana Puri, Mangalore Buns, Kele ki Puri
Recipe# 41990
19 Apr 18

 by Tarla Dalal
A traditional tea-time treat from Mangalore, the Banana Puri is a delightful dish that you must try at least once. The mild fruity sweetness of the Mangalore Banana Puri is just awesome and tastes great with a cup of piping hot tea ....
Akki Roti, Karnataka Rice Flour Roti
Recipe# 41991
24 Sep 18

 by Tarla Dalal
Akki Roti is an all-time favourite snack in traditional Kannada households, where it is made for breakfast or evening tiffin. It is a quick and easy recipe, which does not require grinding or fermenting any batters. A soft dough of rice flour, perked up with veggies, ginger, green chillies and c ....
Onion Tomato Uttapam, Tomato Onion Uttapa
Recipe# 40921
19 Apr 18

 by Tarla Dalal
Onion Tomato Uttapam is a sumptuous South Indian snack, often had for breakfast or dinner. It is basically a thick pancake, made with dosa batter and topped with juicy onions and tangy tom ....
Mangalorean Tendli and Chana Masala
Recipe# 41859
19 Apr 18

 by Tarla Dalal
This tendli preparation is truly packed with punch! While boiled kala chana adds an interesting textural dimension to the dish, a special masala paste made of spices, coconut, tamarind and other ingredients gives it a fabulous blast of flavour. The paste has a spicy and tangy flavour, which seep ....
Sambar ( Sambhar, Idlis and Dosas)
Recipe# 1663
24 Sep 18

by Tarla Dalal
Like idlis and dosas, Sambhar is also an all-time favourite that is almost synonymous with South Indian food! From the smallest roadside hotel to the classiest Indian restaurants around the globe, ‘idli, Vada, Sambhar’ is a very popular breakfast combo! ....
Kokum Saar, Kokum Rasam
Recipe# 41458
24 Sep 18

by Tarla Dalal
Here is a tongue-tickling version of the popular South Indian delicacy rasam, made with kokum. The tanginess of kokum and the spiciness of dry chilli flakes together give this Kokum Saar an invigorating flavour. Ingredients like onion, green chillies and ....
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