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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular local dishes in Coorg?

Shikha Gautam DEC 10 2012
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The local food of Coorg has often been said to replicate the history and geographical setting of the region. The lush, fertile valley grows an abundant quantity of rice, which makes it a staple element of Coorg cuisine. This rice, called Sannakki, is different from the usual Basmati variety you may be used to, and has a fragrance that will get you drooling. Unique to Coorg, rice here is also used to make breads or Chapatti’s which are called called Aaki Oti. You can try rice here in different forms, and yes, shapes, either flat like a cake, round balls like dumplings or like noodles. Almost all the restaurants in Coorg serve these.

To accompany the staple rice preparation, the Kodava people love to indulge in spicy, aromatic curries, with chicken, meat or pork as their main ingredient. The all time favourite Pandhi Kari is a pork dish, with a gravy that is spiced up with coconut, cardamom and other condiments. Fish and crabs are also a prominent part of the daily fare, especially since the local streams nearby provide absolutely fresh seafood stuff.

Vegetarians need not lose heart. There is a whole host of vegetable pulavs and steamed vegetable curries, called Pottu, which are pure delights for your taste buds. Try some Mangye Pajji (Mango chutney) and Mudrakani (chutney made with Bengal-gram) and add that extra zing to your food.

Mostly, the homestays or hotels in Coorg you opt for will give you a hearty experience of the local cuisine. But if you’re still craving for more, here are the options:

  • Coorg Cuisinette (aka Kodava Cuisine)

    The name says it all. Located in a fairly nondescript building, this place offers some delicious local cuisine, including the famous Pandhi Kari and Kodambattu.

    Address: Near KSRTC Bus Stand
    Opposite Madikeri PO, Madikeri

  • Hotel Capitol
    Located in the Madikeri area, this no-frills restaurant serves local cuisine, especially the spicy Pandhi Kari, the ultimate local favourite, with what compliments it best - a pint of chilled beer.

    Address: Madikeri

  • East End Hotel
    Feast on some spicy, local delights here and you’ll be left craving for more. Slurp these dishes up with special chutneys and a glass of cool buttermilk and you’re sure to reach foodie heaven.

    Address: G.T. Road, Madikeri
    Telephone: +91-8272-229996

A word of caution though. Coorg cuisine can be a bit too hot for people who are not used to Indian spices. In fact, even by usual Indian food standards, it will figure on the hotter side. So tread with care, but do tread this gourmet path!

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