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Karnataka’s cuisine is influenced by its neighbours, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu to the south and Maharashtra to the north. It is also said to be one of the oldest cuisines in the country, dating back to the Iron Age. Here are 18 Karnataka foods you have to try

Bisi Bele Bhath

Bisi bele bath is a rice dish in which rice, vegetables and lentil are cooked together and it is also a popular dish from karnataka, India Karnataka foodsBisi Bele Bhath is one of the most popular Karnataka foods. Essentially a blend of rice, lentils, vegetables and spices, all cooked together to create a flavourful all-in-one dish. It is often served with generous helpings of ghee and potato chips or boondi.


Mysore Masala Dosa served with sambar and chutney, selective focusDosas are a popular dish all across India, and Karnataka is no different. They are essentially pancakes made with fermented batter of rice and black gram, and served with sambar (lentil stew) and chutney. The southern state is known for its many varieties of dosa. One of the most well-known is Davangere benne dosa, which is made with generous amounts of butter, while Mysore masala dosa is smeared with chutneys stuffed with spicy potato filling. Set dosas area thicker versions, while you can also get dosas made with ragi (millets) and rave (semolina). Another popular variation is the neer dosa that comes from Mangalore, where the rice is soaked in water overnight rather than being fermented.

Mysore Pak

delicious indian sweet on a silver dish karnataka foodsMysore Pak is a well known sweet from Karnataka. It was first created in the kitchens of the Mysore Palace and is made with chickpea flour, ghee (clarified butter) and sugar. The texture varies with the amount of ghee added to the dish from hard and porous (less ghee), to soft, dense, and fudge-y (more ghee).

Maddur Vada

A popular snack, the Maddur Vada gets its name from Maddur town in Mandya. Unlike regular vadas which resemble doughnuts, Maddur Vadas are large and circular. They are made with flour, onions, semolina, and spices, and fried until crispy on the outside, but soft on the inside.

Tatte Idli

Like dosas, idlis are enjoyed across South India. These steamed rice cakes are made with a fermented batter of black lentils and rice and served with chutney and sambar. A popular variation in Karnataka is the Tatte idli, a plate-sized flattened variant. Other variations popular in Karnataka are the rava idli, made from rava (or semolina), and Muday idli found in Mangalore.

Dharwad Peda

Named for the city of Dharwad in Karnataka, this sweet is made with milk which is heated and stirred continuously, along with sugar and condensed milk. It is said that this sweet was first created by a 19th-century confectioner in Dharwad, and has been given a Geographical Indication tag.

Pandi Curry

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Pork or pandi is a popular non-vegetarian delicacy hailing in Coorg (or Kodagu). This spicy curry is made with a unique spice blend, and ‘Coorg Vinegar’ made from kachumpuli, a fruit which imparts a distinct sour flavour. It is served with rice balls or akki roti (rice roti).


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Chiroti is a traditional sweet that is prepared with a layered dough of maida (plain flour) fried until it resembles a flaky pastry and sprinkled with cardamom sugar. A version of this is the shredded, flaky peni (also called pheni or sutarfeni) which resembles crispy vermicelli. Also similar is mandige, a crepe with a thin filling of sugar and ghee.

Mangalore Bajji

Also called Goli baje, Mangalore Bajjis are a popular snack from Karnataka. It is made with flour, yoghurt, gram flour, rice flour, onions, coconut, and green chillies which are shaped into small balls and deep fried. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, it is often served with coconut chutney.

Kori Gassi

karnataka foodsKori Gassi is a chicken curry which comes from the coastal region of Karnataka and is particularly popular in Mangalore. The chicken is cooked with spices, tamarind, and ground fresh coconut. It is often served with neer dosa or roti.

Haalbai and Huggi

Many desserts from Karnataka are made without dairy products and sweetened with jaggery. One of the most popular of these is haalbai, which is a fudge made from ground rice, coconut and jaggery, as well as coconut milk. Similar to this is huggi which consists of cooked rice with hesaru (dried mung bean), with coconut, milk, elakki (cardamom) and jaggery.


Eaten throughout Karnataka, saagu is a creamy vegetable curry made with coconut, spices, and poppy seeds. It is often served as an accompaniment with dosa, chapati or poori.

Ragi Mudde

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Ragi mudde is a very popular staple dish in the rural area of Karnataka, and can also be found in cities across the state. It has only two ingredients, ragi (millets) flour and water. The mixture is cooked until it creates a smooth dough which is then shaped into balls. These are eaten with types of saaru (thin stews made of greens with sprouted grams, meat or vegetables) or curry.


Puran Poli / Holige/ Obbattu - Indian sweet flatbread, selective focusThis sweet flatbread is found across India as puran poli. Known as obbattu or holige in Karnataka, it is made with wheat flour, ghee, cardamom and nutmeg. One version is filled with channa dal (split yellow gram) or toor dal and jaggery, while another has a coconut and sugar based filling.

Uppittu and Khara Bhath

South Indian dish chow chow bath with coconut chutney.Uppittu, or upma as it is also known, is a dish that is popular throughout South India and is usually made with dry roasted rava (semolina) cooked with water and vegetables. In Karnataka, a variation of this is mixed with a variety of spices creating khara bhath. A sweet version, kesari bhath, is often served with this (together called chow chow bhath) is also popular, made with rava, sugar, ghee, and milk, as well as saffron and pineapple or banana. When made with coarser rava and unflavoured with saffron, is called sajjige which is similar to sooji halwa from North India.


Sadhya, Kerala Food, Kerala Cuisine

The traditional authentic Kerala meal, Sadhya is served with rice and 12-20 dishes in a fresh plantain leaf. The most popular festival in Kerala Onam is incomplete without this traditional meal.The preparations for sadhya is simple and so it is the mostly served meal for weddings and other functions in Kerala.


(Pumpkin and Lentil Stew)

PumpkinErrisery, Kerala Food, Kerala Cuisine

Filled with healthy ingredients of gram and pumpkin, is one of the traditional kootan in Kerala cuisine. The blend of coconut and other spices (cumin, turmeric, etc) along with the vegetables is amazing. It is should be savoured with hot rice for a better experience. Erissery is one of the main side dish (kootan) served in sadhya.

Thalassery Biryani

Thalassery_biryani, Kerala Food, Kerala Cuisine

The prominent cuisine from Thalassery the northernmost town in Kerala is a special biryani with relishing aroma and taste. Made of kaima or biryani rice, authentic masala made of specific spices and dry nuts and stuffed meat, this dish is made especially during the celebration of Eid in Malabar region of Kerala. The dish is especially savoured with curd, lime pickle (naranga achar) and salad.

Naadan Kozhi Curry

Kerala_(Naadan)_Chicken_Curry, Kerala Food, Kerala Cuisine

The red piquant Kerala chicken curry is a perfect blend of spices and meat. If you are hardcore non-vegetarian, this is a must try. You can have naadan kozhi curry with almost anything- plain rice, ghee rice, pulao, biryani, naan, pathiri, chapati and even with a piece of bread. It is a mouth-watering dish.

Erachi Varutharacha Curry

(Fried-Ground Mutton Curry)

Erachi Varutharacha Curry, Kerala Food, Kerala Cuisine

Indulge in the marinated beef in roasted coconut gravy, especially the chipped coconut which is delectable. Erachi varutharacha curry could be had with puttu and appam. All of them are a finger-licking combo in Kerala cuisine.

Ada Pradhaman

Ada Pradhaman, Kerala Food, Kerala Cuisine

Very sweet dessert with spices and nuts, ada pradhaman is the king of kheers in Kerala. With a warm and pleasant aroma, this payasam or kheer is a unique blend of thick coconut milk, jaggery and baked rice adda. It is specially served at the end of a sadhya as a dessert.

Chatti Pathiri

With similarities to Italian dish lasagna, chatti pathiri is layered pastry mostly prepared in Northern Malabar region. This sweet is made of flour, egg and oil and specially seasoned with cardamom and other spices along with nuts and dry fruits-One of the major dish prepared at the end of Ramadan fasting period.

Coconut Toddy

Coconut Toddy
Kallu or coconut toddy is an exotic drink prepared from tender coconut in Kerala. It is of two kinds- sour and sweet. The sweet kallu is very much refreshing while the locals ferment it to make arrack or the sour kallu (around 8% alcohol content) which is similar to the North Indian drink 'bhang'. The local prepare vinegar, palm jaggery and yeast from this palm toddy. If you are visiting Kerala, try watching the local extracting toddy from the coconut tree. It would be a very interesting experience.

Kappa and Meen Curry

Kappa and Meen Curry
Cassava or Tapioca is referred to as Kappa in Malayalam. Kappa is boiled to form a smooth texture and then eaten with Meen (Fish) Curry. The spicy red Meen Curry with tamarind and coconut and Kappa is a staple combination in Kerala cuisine.

Mussel Stir Fry

Mussel Stir Fry is eaten along with Kappa or Rice and curries as a side dish. Mussels are cooked with onions, garlic, chillies, garam masala, turmeric, salt and yes, shredded coconut.

Puttu and Kadala Curry - Traditional Food of Kerala

Puttu, Kerala Food, Kerala Cuisine
Puttu source
As cute as its name sounds, puttu is a cylindrical steamed rice cake cooked with coconut shavings. This is an extremely popular breakfast item and staple food of Kerala. This Kerala food item is usually served with kadala curry which is essentially black chickpeas but can be eaten in whichever way it tastes good!

Appam with Stew - One of The Most Popular Kerala Food Items

Appam, Food of Kerala, Kerala Cuisine
Appam source
Ask anybody from Kerala what their favourite dish is from back home and they will swear by appam and stew! I think it's justified for them to do so because appam is just something that seems to be a revolution in the food world. It is a rice pancake with a soft and thick centre and a crispy, paper thin outside. No matter what you eat it with, appam will increase that dish's taste value beyond hundred! However, it is usually paired with a southern style stew where chunks of any kind of meat in smothered in a silky, rich, dreamy coconut curry which will leave you sad when it finishes.


Idiyappam, Kerala Food, Kerala Cuisine
Idiyappam source
Idiyappam is basically made of rice flour, water and salt. Numerous strands of vermicelli are entwined together to make this version of an appam. Also known as noolappam, this Kerala dish can be paired with any curry and still taste great!

Nadan Kozhi Varuthathu (Spicy Chicken Fry)

Chicken fry, Food of Kerala, Kerala Cuisine

You can never go wrong with chicken fry! You take a chicken which is the favourite meat of 99% of the entire population and fry it! Who doesn't love fried stuff?! So, this version of a chicken fry is something that is out of this world. Served on a banana leaf, the chicken is fried with onion, garlic, chilli, vinegar and coriander. The fiery taste of this popular Kerala food item on your tongue will leave you craving for more!

Kerala Prawn Curry

Kerala style prawn curry, Kerala Food, Kerala Cuisine

If you are in Kerala and you miss out on the phenomenal prawn curry, then your trip will remain incomplete.  It's amazing how simple components in a dish come together to make something so beautiful. This traditional prawn curry is sprinkled with chilli, salt, pepper and then dipped in lots of coconut milk, jaggery and then finally finished with curry leaves. The humble coconut (in all its kinds) notches up the dish to another level on a whole!

Naadan Beef Fry or Kerala Style Beef Fry

Spicy beef fry, Food of Kerala, Kerala Cuisine

This delicious Kerala food dish in a lot of ways, defines what Kerala is. The paralyzing flavours of this dish will make it extremely difficult to fall out of love with this place and with what it has to offer to its guests. The dish is coated with curry leaves, ginger garlic paste and mustard leaves generously.

Malabar Parota

Malabar Parotta, Kerala Food, Kerala Cuisine

This is a mouth-watering street food originating from the Malabar region of the coast. It has a flaky, crispy and crumbly texture which melts in your mouth and leaves behind a sweet yet savoury taste. It is an all-time favourite among all age groups!

Kerala Style Fish Molee

Kerala fish curry, Food of Kerala, Kerala Cuisine

For a land surrounded by the sea, fish should be the most special dish. This Kerala Cuisine has that special something. Lightly fried fish made into a stew in an earthen pot has to taste good no matter what! As usual, it is made in coconut milk and kokum and spices like turmeric, pepper, cinnamon and cloves along with fresh green chillies to give it a tangy taste. The fish is usually a kingfish or a seer fish. Nevertheless, it is bound to leave you salivating.

Banana Fritters

Banana fritters, Kerala Food, Kerala Cuisine

Pazham Pori or Ethakka Appam is juicy banana fritters that are a favourite tea time snack in Kerala. They are the perfect example of simple goodness. Ripe bananas coated in plain flour and deep fried in oil. Can anything go wrong? We don't think so!

Palada Payasam

Payasam, Food of Kerala, Kerala Cuisine

A traditional dessert, prepared during the festival of Onam or any other occasion is a simple rice pudding or kheer, made in almost all the households across Kerala. The most authentic version of this Kerala food dish is made out of rice ada (which is easily available in any Keralite grocery store), sugar, milk and ghee. After all any special occasion is incomplete without the favourite payasam!



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