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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular local food items of Mysore?

Ravinder Malik DEC 10 2012
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The cuisine of Mysore is to a large extent the Udupi cuisine (comprises dishes made primarily from grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits) with rice being the main ingredient. This cuisine is a delicious palette of food items with generous use of spices used with the locally available ingredients. Just take a look at the popular food items which are a must try when you visit Mysore.

  • Dosa, Idli and Vada
    These are usually eaten at breakfast but you can have them anytime of the day as they are not only yummy in taste but also filling. Prepared from rice and lentil (large round pancakes), filled with mashed potatoes, onions and spices, the famous masala dosa is presented with Sambhar, onion and coconut chutney. It is truly is a popular dish of the city which is savoured by both the local inhabitants as well as those visiting the place from outside. There are many other types of Dosas including set-dosa, rava or semolina dosa, onion dosa. Idli’s are soft steamed cakes made of rice and are served with coconut chutney and Sambar. The different kinds of idli are Maligae idli, rava idli and thatte idli (flat idli). Vada is a fried crispy snack made of lentils and is mostly prepared only in hotels in Mysore.

  • Bonda and Bajji
    A wholesome dish of the city, the bonda recipe of Mysore is made with the ingredients like onion, green chillies, coriander leaves, white flour, rice flour, soda, curd and salt. The crispy layer on the outside and the soft and spicy filling makes this dish truly mouth-watering. Then there is the bajji recipe of Mysore which is made by coating the vegetables of your choice in gram flour paste and deep frying. The various kinds of bajjis are Potato bajji, Cauliflower bajji, Plantain bajji/Vallakkai bajji, Applam bajji, Onion bajji, Brinjal bajji, Bread bajji, Chilli bajji.

  • Rice based dishes
    Rice is the main ingredient of the cuisine of the city, thus, it features in a lot of dishes. The yummy preparations made using rice are Chitranna (rice mixed with seasoning, lemon juice or raw mango scrapes and tumeric), Bisibele bath (a spicy rice preparation with vegetables), Vangibath (rice mixed with brinjal curry), and Pulliyoigrae (rice flavoured with tamarind juice and garnished with groundnuts). These are not only tasty but also help to keep your stomach cool and improve digestion.

  • Sweets
    Your sweet tooth will surely be satisfied with the popular sweets of the city which includes the very famous Mysore Pak (gram flour fudge), Holige or Obbattu (a flat, wafer-thin chappati filled with a mixture of jaggery, dried coconut and fried gently on a skillet), rave unde (sweet balls made of semolina and coconut scrapes), Chiroti (a light flaky pastry made of flour, sprinkled with powdered sugar and soaked in almond milk) and Shavige payasa (made of milk, vermicelli, sugar, dried fruits and cardamom pods).

The use of coconut, tamarind and chillies is quite common in the dishes prepared here. The list of lip-smacking dishes include many more like Kosambri (cereal salads), Huli (a thick broth of lentils and vegetables cooked together with ground coconut, spices, tamarind and chilli powder), Gojju (a vegetable cooked in tamarind juice with chilli powder), Palyas (vegetable salads made of parboiled vegetable chopped finely and tossed with grated fresh coconut, curry leaves, green chillies and mustard seasoning), rasam, papad, pickle and curds.

The food here is unique and has something for every kind of occasion. Whether you like spicy or sweet, vegetarian or non-vegetarian, this place will satisfy you with its delectable cuisine.

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