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Last Updated : Jun 22,2023

कर्नाटक प्रदेश के विविध व्यंजन की - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Karnataka Cuisine recipes in Hindi)
કર્ણાટક પ્રદેશના વિવિધ વ્યંજન - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Karnataka Cuisine recipes in Gujarati)

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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Rava Idli in Microwave
Recipe# 4883
07 Sep 22

 by Tarla Dalal
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Mysore Chutney, South Indian Mysore Chutney
Recipe# 1657
07 Feb 22

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Mysore chutney recipe | South Indian Mysore chutney | with 17 amazing images Kannada cuisine is generally marked by the moderate use of coconut and jaggery in almost all accompaniments. Here in the Mysore chutney, ....
Wheat Dosa, Godhuma Dosa Recipe
Recipe# 22272
18 Apr 22

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Onion Tomato Uttapam, Tomato Onion Uttapa
Recipe# 40921
02 Aug 21

 by Tarla Dalal
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Ela Ada Recipe, Sweet Rice Pancake
Recipe# 42242
31 Aug 20

by Tarla Dalal
ela ada, steamed rice pancake recipe | elayappam | ila ada | kerala special recipe is a sweet recipe from South India. Learn how to make elayappam. To make
Urad Dal Bonda, Ulundu Bonda
Recipe# 32654
16 May 22

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by Tarla Dalal
urad dal bonda recipe | ulundu bonda | South Indian style urad dal bonda | minapappu punugullu | with 15 amazing images. We have got you a scrumptious urad dal bonda
Nachni Dosa
Recipe# 1694
09 Jan 22

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 by Tarla Dalal
ragi dosa recipe | nachni dosa | finger millet dosa | healthy ragi dosa | with 28 amazing images. Ragi dosa also known as nachni dosa ....
Benne Dosa, Dosa Using Puffed Rice
Recipe# 42087
22 Jun 23

by Tarla Dalal
benne dosa recipe | Devanagere butter dosa | benne dose using puffed rice | with 29 amazing images. benne dosa is an evergreen specialty of Karnataka, very famous in the heritage eateries o ....
Bisi Bele Bhaat, Karnataka Bise Bele Bhat
Recipe# 33336
06 Sep 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
bisi bele bhat recipe | Karnataka style bisibele bhat | how to make bisi bele bhat at home | with step by step photos. bisi bele bhat is a traditional spicy rice dish from Karnataka which ....
Rava Vada, Sooji Vada
Recipe# 41937
17 Feb 21

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 by Tarla Dalal
rava vada recipe | instant sooji vada | Indian style semolina vada | easy suji vada | with 24 amazing images. rava vada recipe | instant sooji ....
Chana Dal Vada, Crispy Chana Dal Vada
Recipe# 4971
05 Jun 23

 by Tarla Dalal
chana dal vada recipe | masala vada | masala vadai | chana dal vada Indian snack | with 28 amazing images. chana dal vada recipe | masala vada ....
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 ....
Mysore Bonda, Instant Mysore Bajji, Goli Baje
Recipe# 42173
23 Nov 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
Mysore bonda recipe | Instant Mangalore goli baje | Mysore bajji | ullundu bonda | with amazing 17 images. Bonda is a
Neer Dosa, Vegetable Neer Dosa
Recipe# 32846
06 Feb 23

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by Tarla Dalal
vegetable neer dosa recipe | instant rice flour dosa | chawal ke aate ka dosa | with 22 amazing images. instant neer dosa is a healthy and quick breakfast recipe prepared just by mixing few ....
Chitranna Rice ( South Indian Recipes )
Recipe# 32892
12 Nov 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
chitranna rice | Karnataka chitranna rice | Karnataka nimbehannu chitranna | lemon rice | with 25 amazing images. This famous South Indian rice
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 ....
Kokum Saar, Kokum Rasam
Recipe# 41458
17 Aug 23

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 ....
Moong Dal Payasam, Pasi Paruppu Payasam
Recipe# 40599
19 Apr 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
South Indian festival menus are just not complete without Moong Dal Payasam. Considered as one of the most auspicious offerings to God, it is made during most pujas, and is served as the first item on the plantain leaf during a traditional meal. Moong ....
Coorgi Roti, Akki Roti, Otti
Recipe# 4384
11 Jun 21

by Tarla Dalal
coorgi roti recipe | Indian rice roti | otti | akki roti | rice roti with leftover rice | with 25 amazing images. coorgi roti recipe | ....
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Karnataka Cuisine
 on 13 May 21 12:57 PM

Wow, amazing recipes, The most favorite for me among these are neer dosa and Mysore Bonda. Thank you so much for sharing these recipes with us.
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Tarla Dalal    Thanks so much for trying our recipes, it means a lot to us. Keep trying more recipes and sharing your feedback with us.
13 May 21 01:04 PM