Karnataka Dishes and Snacks

When hunger pangs strike, the aromatic smell and taste of a crispy dosa with chutney and hot sambar can be more than satisfying. And as you lick the plate clean, you wonder where you would be without a Dosa, a lunchtime staple for many office goers. 

Undoubtedly, the dosa has become an integral part of Indian cuisine. But why stop there? Karnataka has a variety of traditional recipes to entice your taste buds. Let’s check out a few of the famous Saga Foods choices. 

1. Bisi Bele Bhath

This aromatic rice dish is on the menu in most South Indian restaurants. A blend of rice, vegetables, and lentils, this Karnataka cuisine dish ticks all the boxes. This dish is served piping hot, as the name ‘bisi’ suggests. A generous sprinkle of potato chips or boondi garnishes this mouthwatering recipe. And yes, you can add a spoonful of ghee to bring out the flavours. 

2. Maddur Vada

Maddur is a town in Mandya, and that is where this dish probably gets its name. Maddur vadas are a lot different from the doughnut-shaped vadas we wolf down with rasam. Large and round, these vadas are made from semolina, onions, and flour. Add a pinch of salt and a sprinkle of spices, and the vadas are ready to be fried. They are crispy on the outside and tender inside, making for a delicious snack. Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon, the Maddur Vada is one of the Karnataka dishes you must try.

3. Goli Baje

These balls of goodness will have you salivating long before you bite into these crispy soft dumplings. Goli Baje is made from gram flour, yoghurt, onions, rice flour, green chillies, and coconut. This deep-fried delicacy is served with a generous dollop of coconut chutney. This is something you must try along with many other Karnataka famous snacks too!

4. Thatte Idli

Idlis need no introduction. These delicious steamed rice cakes accompanied with coconut chutney and sambar are a breakfast staple in the South. The Thatte Idli is a plate-sized flattened version of the idli. It is filling and tasty! Other idli versions are Rava idli and plain rice idli. Ready-mix packets of rasam are a good accompaniment for this lip-smacking dish. 

5. Ragi Mudde

Traditional dishes of Karnataka are tasty and filling. And this rural staple–Ragi Mudde–is available in cities across the State of Karnataka. Made from ragi flour and water, the mixture is made into balls and steamed. Accompanied with saaru–a thin stews of meat or vegetables–this dish is nutritious and filling. Greens and sprouted grams are often added to the stew to make it flavourful. 

Karnataka snacks bring out the flavour of the rich heritage of the state. And these snacks are readily available at Saga Foods. If you want to try your hand at making them yourself, snack recipes in Kannada are sure to guide you!

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