Recipes for Karnataka cuisine | Easy Kannada recipes

Karnataka Recipes-

Karataka is often associated with dishes like the Bisi Bele Bath, the Neer Dosa, or the Ragi Mudde but there is so much more to discover in that area. In all honesty, there is no such cuisine as Indian cuisine or perhaps it is just too diverse to categorize everything under one umbrella. Different cultures, regional ingredients, and cooking techniques combine to create a unique spread of tempting delicacies in every district of the country.

Recipes for Karnataka cuisine | Easy Kannada recipes

In the entire country, from North to South and from East to West, there is so much on offer that one can spend a lifetime appreciating the finer nuances of each cuisine. Geographical shifts and availability of indigenous produce allow for further variations of each cuisine. A great example of this kind of food culture is that of Karnataka. Nearly every corner unfurls with tasty delicacies to appeal to the palates of food connoisseurs.

South Indian food is one of the best in the world in terms of balance, since it presents a variety of flavours. A Kannadiga Oota is a blend of various flavors. You get rice, sambar, fried foods like bonda; pickle; desert; ghee; and many other gravy dishes. The dishes are meticulously presented on a banana leaf with salt. According to food blogger and food writer, Ashwin Rajagopalan, "People often adversely association vegetarianism with Karnataka which is not true.

 Karnataka's food scene is also influenced by regional culinary practices. The Brahmins of Bangalore, Mangalore, and Dharwad, for instance, are vegetarians and therefore these areas will probably influence vegetarian cuisine."


The fact that Udupi cuisine is not exclusively vegetarian was a surprise. "Udupi foods are associated with the Udupi Temple and the food prepared there under the influence of Udupi Brahmins - which creates a vegetarian diet. The Bunts and Shettys, as well as the Iyengar community, prepare and enjoy non-vegetarian delicacies," noted Ashwin. 

Also, Saraswat Brahmins, who don't eat meat but only eat fish and seafood live in coastal Karnataka in great numbers. The typical dishes in Karnataka include dosas, sambar, rasam and rice, but Ashwin explained that different regions prepare their food in a different manner. Karnataka is home to beautiful coastal areas, fertile plains, and a bounty of exotic ingredients that are displayed in its regional food.

Many people consider the Kodava and Malenad regions to be the exotic regions, offering something extraordinary to the table. Coorg has a very different topography than the rest of the state. "There are hills, and one of the most amazing things is that most vegetables are grown in the local backyard," said Ashwin. The cooking style suddenly changes. Things like bamboo shoots and spicy pork curry (pandy) curry that are rarely available anywhere else in the state are introduced in Coorg. North Karnataka has slightly fewer regional specialties.

The northern part of the country lies close to Maharashtra; it owes a great deal to its marathi food culture. Lots of breads may be seen in their daily meals. Rice based dishes are the staple along with jowar rotis (jolada rottis). Meanwhile, in the south, rice is paired with ragi, "in many places, ragi has a higher standing as a holy and essential staple than rice" shared Ashwin.


Karnataka's food scene is brimming with variety. It is a never-ending celebration of local ingredients taken to unexpected heights to impress the palette. If the above has whetted your appetite, then here is some inspiration from some of the best chefs from the state. Have a good meal.

 1. Koori Gassi

Koori Gassi is a delicious chicken curry flavored with coconut and tart tamarind. It is a delicacy of the Bunt community of Mangalore where Kori means chicken and Gassi means curry. This delicacy pairs well with rice crepes. It is a tasty curry to enjoy with rice crepes. 

2. Neer Dosa

A thin, crisp dosa made from runny rice batter, Neer is a feather-light, easy to cook and oh, so delicious. The word 'Neer' means water. Introducing, the star specialty of Karnataka cuisine. It is a crispy and light dosa to prepare for brunch.

3. Kundapura Koli Saaru

Carnita curry of chicken. Chicken thighs are cooked with coconut and other spices in a tomato-based gravy.

The chicken is cooked in a spicy coconut paste with tomatoes. It is a perfect dinner party option.

4. Mysore Masala Dosa

Quite similar to the regular masala dosa, with a fiery twist of red chutney, this golden dosa is a heart-throb of Karnataka food and is well-traveled across the globe.

Combine this spicy dish with sambhar and coconut chutney to enjoy!

5. Allugedda (Mashed Masala Potatoes):

A simple way to cook Karnataka food. A delicious mashed potato dish cooked with spices, black gram, and tomatoes.

6. Mysore Pak:

Discover the ancient art of making delicious, melt-in-your-mouth Mysore Pak with just thirty minutes of cooking. Besan, ghee, sugar, and water are mixed to form soft pieces of this sweet dish, which is particularly popular in the Karnataka state during festival times including Diwali.

7. Kane Rava Fry:

The flavor of this traditional fish curry is all the way from Karnataka. Ladyfish marinated in fiery red chili paste, coated in semolina, and fried to perfection.

8. Coorg Pandi Curry (Pork Curry)

The Coorgi star delicacy bursting with bold flavors is the food we are serving in our homes. Our roasted pork, flavored with a zing of garlic and layered with onion and cloves, is a dish for the entire family.

Served with steamed rice, this pork curry recipe is a delicious option to make for a dinner party.

9. Bisi Bele Bhat:

Here's how you can make Bisi bele that in just no time. It's a classic Kannada recipe made by stirring together rice, lentils, vegetables, and coconut. It's similar to khichdi.

10. Haal Bai

One of the most popular savory dishes from Karnataka consists of rice, coconut, buttermilk, spices, and mild herbs. It can also be prepared like a sweet by adding jaggery. Mavinakayi Nellikai ChitrannaUse the exotic flavor of amla, raw mangoes, and rice to create magic in your kitchen. The flavors are enhanced by the goodness of local herbs and spices.

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