Culinary escapade of Namma Karnataka:
Karnataka’s cuisine is said to be one of the oldest surviving in the country. It combines a range of flavors, ingredients and cooking techniques from its neighboring states of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu to the south and Maharashtra to the north, along with its own rich history.
Each region of Karnataka has its own specialty. There are different types of cuisine that are suitable for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Karnataka’s cuisine is one of the mildest in terms of spice levels when compared to other South Indian states. The different cuisine of Karnataka: North Karnataka cuisine, South Karnataka, Kodagu, Udupi, Mangalorean, North Canara, and Navayath cuisine.
Karnataka cuisine has different flavors, tastes, and textures. However, there are lots of dishes common to all regions. If you are in Karnataka and have not tried all the dishes then you are missing out on something. If you want to try all those dishes you can simply visit Bengaluru, the capital city of Karnataka. The classic and famous dishes in Karnataka are:
- Neer Dosa:
The word neer means water in Tulu language. Neer dosa is a very famous dish that consists of rice dosa. To make the dosa, rice is to be soaked overnight for a few hours in the water, and no fermentation is required. Since rice is easily available in Karnataka, Neer Dosa is found at many places and restaurants. Neer dosa is served with chutney, curry or sambar.
Famous eateries in Bengaluru: Mavalli Tiffin Room (MTR), Adithya, Southindies, Bon south, Adigas.
- Mysore Masala Dosa: The Mysore masala dosa is another form of dosa with chutney or pastes applied to it. It is a crisp dosa with red chutney and mashed potato filling in it. The dosa is served with white and red coconut chutney along with sambar.
Famous eateries in Bengaluru: CTR, Hotel Janatha, Vidhyarthi Bhavan,
- Mysore Pak: Mysore Pak is a simple but very famous sweet that is popular all across India. Mysore Pak is made from three ingredients only – Besan (Gram Flour), Ghee and sugar. The texture of the sweet feels rich due to besan and ghee. The sweet is widely distributed especially during Diwali.
Famous eateries in Bengaluru: Anand Sweets, Gundappa Sweets, Sri Venkateshwara sweetmeat stall.
- Bisi Bele Bath: The world-famous Bisi Bele Bath is a traditional recipe of Karnataka that is prepared in every Kannadiga’s home. The dish has a distinct coconut flavor and is available at any restaurant in Bangalore. The recipe is a complicated one that involves many vegetables and flavors but the dish is a must-try.
Famous eateries in Bengaluru: MTR, Veena stores, Adigas, Maiyas.
- Rava Kesari: This is my favorite. Rava Kesari is yet another sweet dish of Karnataka. The dish is made from semolina, ghee, dry fruits and Kesar (saffron). The Rava needs to be roasted properly to add texture to the sweet. There are many variations of Rava Kesari that include fruits like pineapple or banana for different flavors.
6. Udupi Sambar: Udupi sambar is a bit sweet with more spices. The sambar flavors consist of red chilies, coconut, hing (asafoetida), coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds, and cumin seeds. The sambar is made up of chana and urad dal. Alternatively, tuvar dal can also be used. Sambar is served along with dosa and idlis and also goes along with rice.
7. Sagu: Vegetable sagu is a very well known dish throughout Karnataka. It is a form of vegetable curry that is served with set dosa, roti, rice, Rava idli, and poori. Sagu has a nice creamy texture acquired from coconut and poppy seeds.
8. Maddur Vada: maddur vada gets its name from the Maddur town that is 80 kilometers away from Bangalore. The vada has a crispy, hard crust and a softcore. The onion pieces in the vada make it very tasty and likable by all. The vada is served with coconut or tomato chutney.
9.Chitranna: Chitranna is yet another popular lunch and breakfast dish in Karnataka. Chitranna is lemon-flavored rice with vegetables. Instead of rice even poha or flattened rice can be used.
10.Khara Pongal: Pongal can either be sweet or spicy. ?Khara? Pongal is spicy Pongal which is served as breakfast in Karnataka. Pongal is served as a sole dish. The recipe requires equal proportions of rice and mung daal and therefore is a good breakfast option.
11.Mysore Bonda: Mysore Bonda is a form of fried snack from Karnataka. They are made from maida (all-purpose flour) and yogurt. They may also be prepared by using urad dal. They are served with coconut chutney and can be consumed with sambar as well.
12: Puliyogare: Puliyogare is also a popular temple food that is offered as ‘Temple prasad’. The classic Puliyogare is spicy yet tangy and it tastes better a few hours after its cooked. To call this tamarind rice for want of a better description, might actually be the greatest injustice to describe, as this is more than just tamarind rice.
You ought to try it.