Cuisine of Karnataka
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The cuisine of Karnataka includes many vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisines. It is one of the oldest surviving cuisines and traces its origin to the Iron Age. Ragi is mentioned in the historical works of the great poet Adikavi Pampa and in the ancient Sanskrit medical text Sushruta Samhita. The varieties of the Karnataka cuisine have drawn influence from and influenced the cuisines of neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. Although the ingredients differ from one region to another, a typical Kannadiga Oota (Kannadiga meal) includes the following dishes in the order specified and is served on a banana leaf: Uppu (salt), Kosambari, Pickle, Palya, Gojju, Raita, Payasa (Kheer) , Thovve, Chitranna, Anna (rice), and Tuppa (ghee).
After ghee is served to everyone, one may start the meal. This step is taken to ensure that everyone seated has been served completely.
What follows next is a series of soup-like dishes such as Saaru, Muddipalya, Majjige Huli or Kootu, eaten with hot rice. Gojju or Raita is served next, then two or three desserts are served, and finally, fried dishes such as Aambode or Bonda are served. The meal is completed with a serving of curd rice.
- 1 Regional cuisine
- 2 Karnataka cuisine - common to all regions
- 3 See also
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Over a period of time, each geographical area of Karnataka has developed its own distinct variant of the common dishes in addition to dishes native to itself. There is some diversity in the core food habits of North and South Karnataka. While northern-style dishes have jola and rice as the primary cereals, the south uses ragi and rice.
North Karnataka cuisine
The North Karnataka cuisine can be primarily found in the northern districts of Karnataka which include Dharwad, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Belgaum, Bidar, Yadgir, Bagalkot, Raichur, Davangere, Gadag, Haveri, Koppal and western and northern areas of Bellary. The cuisine is also considered a specialty in the cities of Southern Karnataka including Bengaluru, Tumakuru and Mysuru, with several restaurants offering this cuisine to meet the growing demand.
The following is the typical menu of a vegetarian Northern Karnataka meal:
- Jolada rotti. Thin flatbread usually made from Jowar flour, baked on a fire or an iron skillet. Bajra and wheat flour is also used as an alternative.
- Enne-gai / Tumbu-gai - Small badane kaayi (aubergine) bulbs stuffed with dry stuffing including ground peanut, ground sesame, ginger, garlic, garam masala and salt, then sauteed with onions and other spices. Aubergine is also substituted with any other suitable vegetable.
- Popular sweets and desserts are Shenga unde and godi huggi
- Peanut/Sesame chutney. A variety of powder/dry chutney made from ground peanut or sesame.
- Kempu Khaara, also called "Ranjaka" - chutney paste made with/of red chillis, consumed as a condiment
- Bele or kaalu palya dal, whole or sprouted kadale, hesaru (mung bean), Lentils, cooked with greens such as methi, spinach, dill and scallion, and sauteed with onions, ginger, garlic and other spices.
- Raita bajji - salad made from yogurt
- Raw Salads - of scallion, onion, green chili, methi leaves, sometimes with oggaraNe of sasive or jeerige
- Anna (Rice)
- Saaru - Lentil soup made with pepper, cumin, coriander seeds, asafoetida, tomatoes or tamarind.
- Dahi (yogurt) and buttermilk
- Butter or ghee
- Jhunka or Pitla - salty masala cakes made from Channa Dal powder
- Raw greens - spinach, methi (fenugreek), and hakkarike (arugula)
- Raw vegetables - radish, cucumber, onions, carrots, green chilis etc.
The old Mysuru region (also known as Bayaluseeme or the plains) includes the present-day Kolara, Bengaluru, Mysuru, Tumakuru, Mandya, Haasana, Chamarajanagara. Ragi and rice are the most important staple grains, Jowar and bajra are also cultivated and consumed in the drier parts of the region. The first meal of the day is breakfast, which is quite substantial. Regular meals consists of Ragi mudde or steamed dumpling made from ragi flour, a curry to roll bits of the dumpling often called Saaru, rice and yogurt. Optional accompaniments include a salad called Kosambari, various Palyas (fried, boiled or sauteed spicy vegetables) and assorted pickles.
Formal vegetarian meals are usually served in a particular order and required to be consumed in a particular order as well. These meals are served on Plantain leaves or Mutuka leaves, dry Tendu-like leaves staples together into big circular discs. First accompaniments are served which includes a variety of Palya, Kosambari, sweet-savory gojju, hot spicy chutney pickles, bajji, bonda, vade, Papads. The first course alternates between sweets and rice preparation. The second course is a set of curries to be consumed with rice. It generally starts with Tovve, a mild lentil dish laced with ghee, Majjige Huli, vegetables simmered in a mild yogurt sauce, followed by Huli, lentils and vegetables spiced and tempered with ghee, mustard, asafoetida and curry leaves. This is followed by tili Saaru, which is a thin lentil stock, spiced and laced with ghee and curry leaves. The final course of the meal is rice and curd with pickles. Buttermilk is also served to be consumed at the end of the meal. Mysuru is also famous for its sweet "Mysur Pak", made of milk, sugar, ghee and gram flour.
The hilly district of Kodagu (Coorg) also has its own unique cuisine which includes spicy meat (Pandi (Pork) Curry, chicken, mutton), Kadumbutt (round balls made of rice), Paputt, Thaliyaputt. The spicy meat curries derives a tangy taste from Kokum Kachampuli.
Udupi cuisine takes its name from Udupi, a city on west coast of Karnataka. Udupi cuisine has its origin in Ashta mathas of Udupi founded by Shri Madhvacharya. Its core is a vast range of creative dishes emphasizing local vegetables and fruits.
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The Malenadu of Karnataka can be culturally divided (on basis of food culture) as South Malnad comprising Northern Somawarpete in North Kodagu, Sakaleshapura, Mudigere, southern part of Chickamagaluru taluk and western part of Belur and Alur taluks in Hassan. Central Malnad consisting of Chickamagalur, Koppa and the Malnad region of Shivmoga, and western ghat regions of Uttara Kannada. Even though Western ghat regions of Uttara knnada and Belagavi can be considered as Northern malnad the food culture of these regions is unaware to the rest of Malnad, which may be due to inadequate communication with the other areas of Malnad and Karnataka. Although many[who?] refer to the Malenadu cuisine as an amalgam of Coorgi and Mangalorean cuisine, it has its own distinct style. The Kodava (Coorg) and the Bunt (coastal Mangalorean) regions are distinct from the rest of the Malnad region. The word Malenaadu means "land of mountain ranges". The cuisine is heavily influenced by the variety of fruits and vegetables available in the rich forests of western ghats. The ingredients like tender bamboo shoots, colocassia leaves, turmeric leaves, and raw jackfruit are easily found in the Sahyadri ranges. Steaming is the favored method of cooking in Malenaadu. More often than not, there is little use of oils in Malenaadu cuisine.
- Kaalu kadabu – small kadubus (dumplings) as small as kaalu (beans) made by pounding water-washed rice into powder and then steamed to make it sticky enough to make dumplings. Once the kadubus (thousands in number) are made is given typical malnad masale (red chili, oil, mustard, graped coconut, jeera, little tamrind juice, curry leaves, salt to taste, etc.) and served hot with hot thuppa (homemade ghee from cow's or buffalo's milk). Prepared around the region of Hanubalu, in Sakaleshpura taluk of Hassan district.
- Chattituttu – An evening snack usually prepared by grinding rice with other ingredients such as chili, salt, coconut and tiny square sliced onions are added to make a thick mixture. Which then will be spread (1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick and approximately 6 inches in diameter) over thoroughly oiled bisi henchu (hot tava) once it becomes hard enough, kenda (burning charcoal) will be placed over it to crisp it. Prepared around the region of Hanubalu, in Sakaleshpura taluk of Hassan district.
- Kotte kadabu
- Chicken saaru
- Chicken fry
- Voththu Shaavige with chicken curry
- Voththu shaavige with ghasghase paayasa or kaayi haalu – Steamed rice noodles with a sweet payasa or sweetened coconut milk
- Votthushaavige uppittu – Steamed rice noodles stir fried with oil, mustard seeds, onions, green chillies and curry leaves
- Akki rotti – rice rotti or flat bread made with rice
- Bamboo shoot pickle – Kalule` uppinakayi
- Bamboo shoot curry – Kalule` palya
- Halasina haNinna kadabu, paayasa
- Halasina haNinna happla
- Maavina midi uppinnakkayi
- Halasina haNinna dose - jackfruit dose
- Akki Tari Kadabu – breakfast dish made with broken rice
- Gangala dose – steamed dosa
- Angu or Thode-daaga – very thin sweet crepe made with a thin batter of rice and jaggery
- Kaayi Holige – a dessert made with fresh coconut, jaggery and maida
- Haalu Payasa – rice pudding, falvored with turmeric leaves and cardamom
- Haalu Hittu - semi-soft milk pudding made with milk, rice paste and sugar
- Kesina Soppina Palya – A side dish prepared using colocasia leaves as the main ingredient, served with akki rotti
- Kesuvina gantu- A dish made by rolling tender colocassia leaves and making a gantu (knot) sometimes a single hunk of rock salt and a garlic petal will be placed inside. The gantu should be tight enough that it should not open while steaming. The steamed gantus are given little touch of tamrind juice and chilli. Can be consumed with akki rotti, rice, chapathi. Or just as it is.[Again a dish prepared in the region of Hanbalu in Sakaleshpura].
- Thumbuli – a cool saaru usually made in summer using yogurt, ginger, pepper and other spices. Served with steamed rice.
- Maaldi – a coarse cereal made from ground whole wheat, jaggery, black til and other ingredients. Usually served in a bowl with either milk or ghee.
- Aralu pudi - a rice cereal made of ground toasted or puffed rice, jaggery, Elaichi are pounded to powder thin. Usually served in a bowl with warm milk. This cereal is also used as a filling in a special dessert called hurulu kadabu.
- Hoorulu kadabu - A traditional dessert made with aralu pudi, jaggery, coconut and other ingredients. The mixture is shaped and steamed in turmeric leaves.
- Kaadu mavinahannina saaru – a sweet and sour saaru made with whole tiny ripe mangoes. Served with cooked rice.
- Kaapi-Coffee- fresh grounded, filtered coffee well mixed with thick milk and sugar. It's served at least five to six times a day in coffee growing regions of Malnad such as Somawarapete, Sakaleshapura, Mudigere, Chickamagaluru taluk and western part of Belur and Alur taluks in Hassan.
Kodagu's staple food is rice. Traditional dishes include
- Pandi curry or pork curry
- Kadambuttu or steamed rice dumplings
- Koli saaru or chicken curry
- Bimbale curry or Bamboo shoot curry
- Paputtu or steamed rice cake
- Nool puttu and koli curry
North Canara (Coastal/Malenadu Karnataka) cuisine
Uttara Kannada (North Canara) is known for a variety of seafood delicacies.
The staple diet includes a portion of steamed rice and a vegetable and/or seafood accompaniment. Seafood is immensely popular due to its ease of availability, and is prepared with a lot of local spices. Tea is the most popular beverage and is sometimes supplemented with cardamom or mint to give them a distinct flavour.
- Kadubu: The main ingredients are jackfruit pulp and jaggery. The batter is prepared and, with additional ingredients, the batter is put into a container and steamed. The dessert is a local delicacy and is served hot with ghee.
- Holige: These are stuffed wheat flour flatbreads. One variant is made with gram flour and jaggery, which is similar to the Puran poli of Maharashtra. The other variant is made with a coconut based filling.
- Todadevu: is a special kind of thin-crust dosa made out of jaggery or sugarcane juice. (Most local desserts of Sirsi have jaggery rather than sugar.)
- Kesaribath: is rice cooked in sugar, ghee, and kesari.
- Karakali: is a special kind of chutney which tastes very spicy. It is prepared from colocasia leaves.
- Kotte Roti: A form of idli-like preparation, steam cooked in a conical shaped container constructed using jackfruit leaves.
- Patrode : a special dish prepared by steaming stuffed colocasia leaves.
- Neer Dose: A soft thin pancake made of batter of boiled rice, coconut milk and salt
- Koli Kajjaya and Hosagere Kajjaya are made of rice flour and fried in oil is a famous dish often using roti. Often served with thick potato sambar or Nati chicken curry, it is a delicacy among the non-vegetarian communities in Siddapura.
- Banana Buns
- Ankola Koli Saaru
- Appe Huli
- Kalali Masala
- Thumbuli (Tambli)
- Rave Rotti
- Chippikal Sukkha (Clams Fry)
- Kalga Sukkha
- Dry Fish chutney
- Dry Prawns chutney
- Fish barbecue
- Crab Curry
Jackfruit, banana chips, and fresh sugarcane juice are common ingredients in the area.
Mangalorean (Coastal Karnataka) cuisine
Coconut is widely used in Mangalorean cuisine. Traditional Tuluva dishes include
- Kane fry or lady fish fry
- Anjal/surmai/Kingfish fry
- Crab Masala
- Bundas sukka/squid sukka
- Dry fish chutney
- Marwai/koyyolu sukka (Shell Fish)
- Kori sukka /chicken sukka
- Kori roti Crisp flat rice pancake roasted on a griddle without oil. Can be stored up to six months. Usually served with chicken curry,
- Kori pundi
- Kundapura chicken/koli talu
- Kappa rotti/odu dose
- Buns/goli baje/ambade
- Masala dosa
- Idli-vada Sambar
- Biscut rotti
- Patrode, a special dish prepared by steaming stuffed colocasia leaves.
- Neer dosa, A soft thin pancake made of batter of boiled rice, coconut milk and salt
- Appam, guriyyappa (paddu)
- Coconut Chutney
- Beeja manoli upkari, or tendli and cashewnuts poriyal
- wheat halwa, Kushmandu halwa
- Sihi Samabar
- Jack fruit dishes
- Modaka unde
- Moode, Gunda
- Semige/shyavige- Rice Noodle
- Maavina Saaru preserved salted mango fruit cooked whole in a base of steam-cooked toor dal, eaten with red rice or Indian bread.
- Saala - preserved salted jackfruit shallow fried with traditional oil-mustard seasoning. Eaten as a snack, or as dry vegetable in a meal.
- Manni - is a traditional dessert made of rice, coconut and jaggery. It can also can be made of various flavours such as vegetables.
- Ole Bella (Palm jaggery)
- Halasina (Jackfruit) Happala, genasina (Sweet potato) happala
The Navayath cuisine can be primarily found in the coastal districts of Karnataka, mainly in Uttara Kannada and Udupi. Rice, coconut, sea food, eggs, poultry, and mutton are widely used in the Navayath cuisine. Traditional dishes include
- Ambut Lukha or fish curry prepared with coconut and spices.
- Chambat Poli or flat rice pancake prepared by spreading batter on banana leaves and roasting on griddle with little oil . Usually served with mutton curry,
- Navari, a special dish prepared by spreading rice batter with coconut filling stuffed in turmeric leaves. Filling may be sweet or spicy and cooking may be by steaming or by roasting on a griddle.
- Shaofa pana appam, A soft thin pancake made of rice batter, coconut milk and fennel leaves
- Mudkule Rice dough cooked in prawn curry.
- Bhatkal Biryani, made of fish, shrimps, chicken or mutton with rice. It is famous globally.
- Bhatkal halwa
- Mushroom curry from seasonal natural mushrooms from nearby forests is a delicacy during monsoon season.
- Amatya Godan or payasam, made of hog plum, rice flour, and jaggery cooked in coconut milk.
- Shinonya Nevari is a preparation of rice and coconut batter filled in mussels with spices and steamed like idlis.
Karnataka cuisine - common to all regions
Some typical dishes include Bisi bele bath, Jolada rotti, Chapati, Ragi rotti, Akki rotti, Saaru, Idli - Vada Sambar, Vangi Bath, Khara Bath, Kesari Bath, Benne dose, Neer Dose, Ragi unda, Paddu (Gundponglu), Koli Saaru (chicken curry - Kannada style), Maamsa Saaru (Mutton Curry - Kannada style), and Uppittu. The well-known Masala Dosa traces its origin to Udupi cuisine. Plain and rava idli, Mysore Masala Dosa and Maddur Vade are popular in South Karnataka. Kodagu (Coorg) district is famous for spicy varieties of pork curries while coastal Karnataka boasts of many tasty seafood specialities. Among sweets, Mysore Pak, Holige, Obbattu, Dharwad pedha, Kunda, Chiroti, Sajjige, Kadabu/ Karjikaayi are well known. Some common vegetarian dishes prepared on a regular basis are:
- Bisi bele bath - rice cooked with lentils, vegetables and spices; like huli with rice, but often richer
- Vaangi baath - cooked rice mixed with eggplant cooked in oil and spices; the eggplant is usually cooked into a palya beforehand and the vaangi baath mixed before serving
- Chitranna - cooked rice flavoured with spices, particularly oil-popped mustard seeds and turmeric
- Mosaranna - curd rice sometimes given a fried spicy touch with fried lentils and oil-popped mustard seeds.
- Puliyogare - cooked rice flavoured with spicy tamarind paste
- Maavinkaayi chitranna - cooked rice flavoured with raw green mango and spices
- Nimbekaayi chitranna - cooked rice flavoured with lemon and spices
- Avalakki - Akki (means rice), Avalakki is baked flat rice that is soaked briefly and stir fried with cumin seeds, turmeric powder, peanuts, onions, green chilies, garnished with shredded coconuts and cilantro leaves.
- Mandakki - Puffed rice that is soaked briefly and stir fried with cumin seeds, turmeric powder, peanuts, roasted ground grams, onions, green chilies, garnished with shredded coconuts and cilantro leaves.
- Mysore masala dosa
- Set dosa - Thick pancakes made of rice batter garnished with a hint of coriander leaves, grated carrot and coconut, served with saagu and coconut chutney
- Saagu masala dosa - dosa stuffed with saagu
- Masala dosa (butter and non-butter variants) - inside of the dosa is smeared with red chutney made of onion, red chili and garlic; stuffed with Aloo gadde palya (made of potato and onion)
- Godhi dōse or dōsa made from wheat
- Ragi dōse or dōsa made from ragi
- Rave dōse or dōsa made from rave
- Ragi rotti - A flat thick pancake made with ragi dough and flavoured with chillies and onions; the dough is shaped and flattened by hand.
- Akki rotti - A thick, flat pancake-like dish made with a dough of rice flour, chillies, onions and salt; the dough is shaped and flattened by hand.
- Jolada rotti - A flat pancake dish made with a dough of Sorghum flour and salt; the dough is shaped and flattened by hand. Jowar may be sometimes replaced with bajra.
- Ragi unda- Steamed dumplings made by adding ragi flour to boiling water.
- Guliyappa- Also known as Paddu, Mane Kaavali (skillet with houses) and in some places as Gundupongla . It is made with a rice batter (similar to dose) and cooked in a special skillet with compartments.
- Sajje rotti/Bhakri - A thick, flat pancake-like dish made with a dough of pearl millet flour and salt; the dough is shaped and flattened by hand and sprinkled with sesame seeds
- Kadalekaayi chutney - roasted peanuts/groundnuts ground with dry red chilies . May have garlic and be tempered with hot oil fried mustard and curry leaves
- Hurali chutney
- Kaayi chutney - grated coconut ground with dal (kadale) salted and garnished with oil-fried mustard and curry leaves
- Kaayi chutney (green) - grated coconut ground with dal, green chillies and coriander salted and garnished with oil-fried mustard and curry leaves
- Kaayi chutney (red) - grated coconut chutney ground with dal and dried red chillies salted and garnished with oil-fried mustard and curry leaves
- Maavina chutney - grated raw green mango ground with grated coconut, dal, salted and garnished oil-fried mustard and curry leaves.
- Heerekai chutney - grated ridge-gourd peel ground with grated coconut, dal, salted and garnished oil-fried mustard and curry leaves.
- Eerulli chutney - grated onion peel ground with grated coconut, dal, salted and garnished oil-fried mustard and curry leaves.
- Uddina Bele chutney - fried Black Gram Dal with Tamarind, Red Chillies, salted and garnished oil-fried mustard and curry leaves.
- Pudina chutney - fried pudina leaves along onion, groundnut, black gram, green chilli, tamrind. Add sugar and grind to fine paste.
Palya or side dishes
- Hurali kaayi palya
- Hurali palya
- Hurali happala
- Badnekaayi palya
- Bendekaayi palya
- Allugade palya
- Ballekaayi palya
A salad prepared using simple ingredients such as lentils, green chillies and finely chopped coriander. The dish is generally finished with a tempering of mustard seeds and asafoetida. Common variants include kosambari made with the above ingredients in addition to grated cucumber or carrot.
Sweet and spicy dishes
- Menasinakaayi gojju
- HuNuse gojju - made with tamarind
- Bendekaayi gojju - boiled okra (ladyfinger) cooked in a gravy sweetened with jaggery and soured with tamarind.
- Tomato gojju - cooked cut or mashed tomato with a sweet-sour gravy.
- Eerulli (Onion) and Tomato gojju - cooked cut or mashed tomato mixed with cut onion with a sweet-sour gravy.
- Haagalakaayi gojju - Bittergourd pieces marinated with salt and turmeric to remove some bitterness cooked with a sweet and sour gravy.
- Thondekaayi gojju
- Huli- Combination of vegetables and lentils simmered with spices, coconut, tamarind and seasoned with Ghee, asafoetida, curry leaves and mustard, it is an integral part of every formal meal.
- Majjige Huli- Cooked vegetables simmered in yogurt with coconut, spices, asafoetida, curry leaves and mustard.
- Tovve- Mushy lentils cooked till creamy, spiked with spices and Ghee. Vegetables are also added to this dish like Ridged gourd, cucumber etc.
- Obbatinna saaru - made from the left over broth while preparing the sweet obbattu.
- Bas saaru - made from the broth of boiled lentils and spring beans
- Mosoppinna - made from lentils and spinach
- Maskai- Combination of vegetables cooked and mashed with spices and seasoning.
- Menasina saaru - rasam made from pepper, turmeric, and other spices
- Bele saaru - has toor dal as one of the ingredients
- Kaalina saaru - Legumes cooked with coconut, spices, tamarind and tempered with asafoetida, curry leaves and mustard. Popular legumes include Kadale kaalu or Chickpeas, Halasande Kaalu black-eyed peas, Hesaru kaalu moong beans, Hurali kaalu Horse gram, Avare kaalu Indian beans
- Haagalakaayi saaru - Haagalakai, the Indian bitter gourd is simmered with coconut, tamarind and spices and spiked with jaggery and asafoetida, curry leaves and mustard The bitterness of the gourd is cut through by the sweetness of the jaggery and tartness of the tamarind.
- Gojju- traditionally this is thicker than the Saaru but thinner than chutney. It is served with hot rice and is sweet, tangy and spicy. It is served in between courses as a palate cleanser. It is made from diverse ingredients including eggplants, okra, fenugreek, tamarind, pineapple, bitter gourd, tomatoes, lemon-lime, etc.
- Udaka- traditionally made in Chitradurga district only, served with Ragi ball. made from boiling lentils & green leaves, then broth taken separate from lentil/herbs leaves with chatney herbs & spices then mixed with broth.
- Tambuli - A yogurt based cold dish similar to Raita made from Doddapatre soppu. Optional ingredients in this dish includes vegetables and greens.
- Fish / Mutton / Chicken Saaru - A very famous local curry made mainly from assorted spices and meats. Often mixed and eaten with Ragi unda and rice or Bhakri
- Huggi - cooked rice and kadale or hesaru (mung bean), with coconut, milk, elakki and sweetened with bella (jaggery)
- Ginnu - sweetened, flavoured and steam boiled colostrum of cow, buffalo or goat
- Kajjaya - Rice and jaggery fritters deep fried in Ghee.
- Kadabu - deep fried (kari kadubu) or steamed pastry with assorted sweet filling.
- Karjikaayi - deep fried crisp pastry with dry sweet filling
- Unde - ball shaped sweets with the following variations :
- Hesarunde Moong dal ladoo.
- Godhiunde- made from Wheat
- Gulaadike Unde- made from Maida and Sugar - A Davangere speciality,
- Besanunde - made from besan
- Tambittu - made from rice or wheat flour and jaggery.
- Sikkinunde - made from jaggery, dried coconut and maida .
- Haalubaayi - A fudge made with ground rice, jaggery and coconut.
- Mysore pak- A fudge made with Chickpea flour, sugar and ghee.
- Dharwad pedha- Milk scalded and thickened with sugar. Synonymous with Dharwad
- Karadantu - Gokak town in Belgaum district and Amingarh of Hunagunda Taluk in Bagalkot district of Karnataka is famous for the karadantu, the most famous form has a mixture of dry fruits and edible gum.
- Sheekarani - pulp of ripe fruit (usually mango or banana) with additions such as sugar, elakki, jaakayi, jaapatri, milk, etc.
- Damrottu - Ash gourd toasted in ghee and simmered with sugar, milk solids and sweet spices
- Kunda - prepared from thickened milk, a specialty from BeLagaavi
- Senige Huggi - A very famous sweet made during Diwali in Shikaripur near Shimoga
- Sweet Pastries - The following can be grouped together. These are often accompanied by milled sugar or warm milk flavoured with saffron and almonds.
- Mandige - huge flat leavened pastry. It is quite a treat to watch chefs making large (>36 inches in diameter) pastries with bare hands and baking them on upturned clay pots over fire.
- This is an ancient dish mentioned in a few inscriptions as the Sanskritised mandaka. For instance, a Western Chalukya inscription of A.D. 1121 mentions that Govinda-Dandadhipa, a famous general of Vikramaditya VI, is said to have made a provision for offering this dish as naivedya to Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshvara, at Pauthage.
- Shaavige chiroti - vermicelli pastry.
- Kesaribhath, Sira - This is made of rice (or semolina in southern Karnataka) cooked with sugar/jaggery, cardamom, saffron, milk, dry fruits (mostly raisins), and sometimes fresh fruits like banana, mango and pineapple. Popularly colored yellow/orange/saffron or left white. In North Karnataka, the semolina version is called Sihi Sajjige or Sheera or Sira; kesaribhath usually refers to the rice version.
- Hayagreeva - A chickpea based dessert prepared on special occasions; popular amongst the Maadhwa community
- Paramanna - Rice pudding with ghee and jaggery
- Mamu Puri - Flour, ghee, sugar, Khoa, first khoa is packed between 2 halves of chapati then fried. It is exported mainly to gulf.
- Sorekayi Halwa - Delicious sweet made from Bottlegaurd, milk, sugar, ghee, cardamom poweder.
- Maaldi - A delicious sweet dish made of powdered 'baked wheat roti's', poppy seed, jaggery, hurakadle (daria), and served with ghee. It is a must sweet on the occasion of marriages .
Pickles are usually raw seasoned vegetables and sea food, but there are cooked varieties as well called Bisi Uppinakayi (hot pickle). The seasoning varies from plain salt to spices like green chilli, red chilli powder, black pepper, whole and powdered mustard seeds, coriander seeds, etc. They significantly differ from North Indian pickles or achar in that considerably less oil is usually used in the pickles; salt is the main preservative.
- Mavinkayi - Raw green mango
- Midi Mavinkaayi - Immature raw mangoes, usually used whole
- Nimbekayi - Whole and sliced lemon and lime
- Gaja Nimbekayi - A larger variety of lemon, resembling a grapefruit
- Bettada Nellikayi
- Heralikayi - a green citrus fruit, only the peel is used in the pickle.
- Hagalakayi - bitter gourd
- Prawn, shrimp and crab, especially in coastal areas
- Nuchchina Unde
- Khaara Mandakki - Puffed rice mixed with Khara (commonly called as a mixture), onions, green chilies, coriander, dash of lemon and salt.
- Aalugadde Bonda - A bonda made by deep frying lightly seasoned boiled mashed potato dipped in chickpea batter.
- Nargis Mandakki - A puffed rice dish popular in central and north Karnataka, especially in Devanagari district.
- Menasin kai bajji - Green chilli bajji, popular across the state of Karnataka.
- Dappa menasin kai bonda - Capsicum bonda.
- Baaley Kai Bajji - Raw unripe Banana bajji.
- Baalaka - deep fried vegetable and fruit chips or wafers. The vegetables are usually dried and seasoned with spices, and even butter milk. Common candidates are potato, sweet potato, yam, cassava, ripe jack fruit, banana, plantain, chilli, bitter gourd, varieties of suitable green bean pods (usually gori kaayi/chaLLe kaayi), etc.
- Chigali ( Hunase/Tamarind Chigali )
- K.T. Achaya (November 2003). The Story of Our Food. Universities Press. p. 85. ISBN 978-81-7371-293-7.
- Delights from Maharashtra. Jaico. 1 January 1975. pp. 10–. ISBN 978-81-7224-518-4.
- "South Indian Inscriptions, Vol III, Bombay Karnataka Inscriptions, Geographical Divisions". Retrieved 10 October 2007.
- Media related to Cuisine of Karnataka at Wikimedia Commons