Karnataka cuisine

Karnataka Recipes - Kannada Recipes

Karnataka cuisine has a large variety of vegetarian foods. Karnataka is one of the south Indian states. Cuisine of Karnataka can be divided into north Karnataka recipes, south Karnataka cuisine and udupi cuisine. There are also many recipes that are commonly made all over Karnataka.

North Karnataka foods are made with rice, jowar, sajje(bajra). Jolada rotti, shenga (peanut) chutney, Tumbid Badnekai(stuffed brinjal) is one great combination that is served here at lunch or dinner.

South Karnataka cuisine include rice and ragi(finger millet). Ragi mudde (ragi balls) and soppina saru(green leaves curry) is a staple of many.

Rice is served with saaru, sambar, bele huli, majjige huli etc. Udupi cuisine is popular the world over. Dosa, masala dosa are made in homes as well as served in restaurants.

Most of the udupi foods are vegetarian. Karnataka snacks include nippattu, avalakki, maddur vade, chakkuli, kodubale, uddina vade, ambode, aloo bonda etc.

Karnataka sweets have a very large variety. Payasa(kheer) itself has many variations and is made with rice, lentils, fruits, vermicelli, nuts etc. Mysore pak, obbattu, holige chiroti are made for festivals as well as at other times.

Jaggery is commonly used to make sweets in place of sugar.

We present you some of the Karnataka recipes on this website. We will keep adding so come back for more.

Recipes from Karnataka - Kannada dishes

Karnataka Breakfast - rotti - bread recipes

Rice flour flat bread - Akki Rotti

This masala akki roti is a recipe from Karnataka state.


 - Indian Flat Bread - made with whole wheat flour.

Poori - Indian Fry bread

Made with whole wheat flour. Serve for breakfast, lunch, dinner. It also be made with maida(plain flour).

Dosa - Indian vegan pancake

 - South Indian / Vegan Pancake Recipe, made with rice and urad dal (white lentils).

Sheera - Semolina Halwa - Sooji Halwa

- A rava / Semolina / cream of wheat dish.

Easy recipe to make as breakfast, a snack or sweet.

Also known as sajjige, kesari, sanja in Indian languages.

Vegetable Rava upma - Namkin halwa

Rava upma with onion and /or vegetables. Easy south Indian breakfast recipe.

Also known as uppittu(Kannada), tikhat sanja(Marathi), namkin halwa(Hindi) etc.

Onion rava upma

Rava upma with onion, uppittu, tikhat sanja.

Sabudana Khichadi

- Made in Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra

Ragi Roti - Finger-millet flat bread

- serve with desi ghee and coconut chutney . Or with your favorite chutney, pickle or curry.

Served for breakfast or as a quick meal at other times.

Karnataka curry - vegetable recipes

Potato  curry -  - aloo curry

- A potato currry to accompany breads such as chapati, paratha, poori.

Kobichi bhaji - Cabbage / Gobi Subji

- Kosu palya, Serve with rice or roti.

Potato Subji - Aloo Bhaji

Potato masala subji served with Poori - Chapati - dosa

Stuffed Eggplant - Bharli Vangi - Tumbid Badnekai

- Yennegai, Serve with rice or roti, chapati, bhakri. Also known as Bharwa baingan. A Karnataka recipe.

Tomato Curry - Tomato gojju

- Tomato gojju - curry recipe from Karnataka

Onion Curry - Irulli gojju 

Alu gedde kai halu curry - Potato curry with Coconut milk

Junka - Zunka - Besan Pithle - chickpea flour curry

Karnataka sweets and desserts recipes

Chiroti - chirote

- Chiroti - Chirote - Phenori - Indian flaky pastry is a festival recipe.

Semiya payasam - vermicelli pudding - Sevai kheer

Shavige payasa, Traditional Indian sweet - dessert. Easy to make and doesn't take a long time. Can keep in fridge for 3 days. Serve hot or cold

Besan laddoo - Chickpea flour balls

Besan laddo is made with bengal gram dal flour / chickpea flour. A must for traditional festivals such as Diwali festival.

Sheera - Semolina Halwa - Sooji Halwa

- A rava / Semolina / cream of wheat dish.

Easy recipe to make as breakfast, a snack or sweet.

Also known as sajjige, kesari, sanja in Indian languages.

Kaju katli - Kaju katri - Indian cashewnut fudge

Indian Festival - dessert recipe - Made with cashew nuts, quick and easy to make and keeps for long.

Til ladoo -Black sesame seed laddoo - Chigli unde

- Ganesh chaturthi / Nag panchami festival recipe, made in Karnataka.

Roasted gram laddoo - Tambittu unde

- Nag Panchami / Ganapati festival sweet. Made in Karnataka and Maharashtra

Sweet coconut Rice - Narali bhaat 

- Sweet rice pudding recipe made on narali paurnima day in Maharashtra. Also in North Karnataka.

Yeriappa - Sweet Appam Recipe - Dasara Recipe

Rice flour laddoo - Tambittu unde - Nag Panchami - Ganapati festival sweet
KhusKhus kheer - Ghasghase Payasa - Poppy seeds Kheer - South Indian, Karnataka traditional Recipe
Badam Kheer - Almond Kheer
Coconut Burfi - Quick and easy to make Coconut sweet.

Karnataka chutney recipes

Fresh Coconut chutney

- made with fresh grated coconut and green chilies. Accompaniment for idli, dosa, uttappa, chapati etc.

Puthani - dried coconut Chutney

- Serve with chapati, rice, dosa, sprinkle on sandwiches etc.

Dry Coconut - kopra chutney

Khobbri chutney - Khopra - Dried coconut chutney

Mint and Peanut - Pudina groundnut-shenga chutney

Kadlekai - Shenga chutney pudi - powder

Karnataka drink recipes

Filter Coffee - Drip coffee, South Indian Coffee

Badami halu - Hot and cold Almond Milk - Recipe to make almond milk powder and the milk

Karnataka rice recipes

Spicy Mango rice - Mavinkai chitranna

- Mango rice made using sour green mango. A recipe from South India.

Lemon rice - Lime rice - Chitranna - Kalasanna

-  Easy to make rice recipe. Usually made for festivals, breakfast and when you want a one dish meal.

Sweet coconut Rice - Narali bhaat 

- Sweet rice pudding recipe made on narali paurnima day in Maharashtra. Also in North Karnataka.

Moong dal khichadi Huggi - Easy to digest rice and lentil recipe

Green Bean Rice - Beans chitranna - Quick to make one dish meal with beans and rice.

South Indian coconut rice Recipe

Khara pongal - Venn pongal - Sankranti recipe

Sihi - Sweet pongal - festival recipe - Sankranti recipe

Basmati Rice - How to buy and store

Curd Rice - Mosaranna  - Mosaru anna

Steamed Rice (Plain Rice) - Bili anna

Karnataka tindi - snacks recipes

Chickpeas - chana -  kadle sundal

 Made with kabuli chana - garbanzo beans, prepared on festivals such as  Ganesh chaturthi and distributed to the devotees as prasad, also served as a snack.

Dahi Vada -Dahi Bhalle

A popular yogurt based snack recipe. Good for festivals, summer season and as a party dish.

Known as thyir vade - mosaru vade in south Indian languages.

Batata vada or aloo bonda

Batata vada is a popular snack item. It is served by itself along with chutney or stuffed in a pav/bun to make vada-pav.

Fried poha chivda

- This thick rice flakes recipe is made from thick poha / aval. Keeps for weeks and easy to make and to pack and carry. It is a must for Diwali festival.

Thin poha chivda

- is made from thin beaten / flattened rice flakes as a easy snack. It is a part of festival foods such as Diwali. Keeps for 3-4 weeks.

Ambode - Chana dal vada -

This South Indian dal vada recipe is a spicy snack recipe - Festival recipe, made with split chickpeas

Fried ChickPeas

Karnataka Pachadi - Mosaru bajji -  Raitha Recipes

Cool Cucumber Salad

Easy to make as snack or a good accompaniment for any meal.

Boondi Raita

Karnataka kosambiri Recipes

Hesaru bele kosambri - Moong dal kosambari - Lentil salad recipe - Ramanavami - Navaratri festival salad recipe

Savtekai kosambri - Cool Cucumber Salad

Cabbage Salad

Tomato kosambri - Tomato Salad

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