Coorg is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Karnataka. This picturesque region in South India is known for its coffee plantations and scenic landscapes and diverse wildlife. But did you know that Coorg also has a unique and distinctive cuisine? Kodava food emerged from the wild forests of the region, filled with yams, bamboo, banana, coconut, rice and other plants. Their distinctive culinary tradition has evolved over centuries in response to the diverse mix of cultures. Here are some of the best and special veg food to try in Coorg.
Coorg vegetarian dishes for breakfast
They serve these dishes mostly during breakfast and at times during lunch and dinner as well.
Usually pronounced as ‘Akki Roti’ is a dish of baked flatbread made from rice flour and powdered red chili pepper. They often serve it with Baimbale curry, Kummu curry, tomato chutney, or Ellu Pajii on the side. They prepare Akki Otti typically for breakfast or as an evening snack.
It is a chutney that usually goes along with Akki Roti. The ingredients are coconut, onion, jaggery, tamarind and green chilies.
It is like Idiyappam, a dish of Kerala. String hoppers is also another name for Noolputtu. These steamed rice noodles go well with coconut and jaggery paste or vegetable stew.
They make these fritters from ragi (a type of cereal) flour, water and spices. They boil them in oil until they become crisp on the outside.
Dosa batter (made from rice or urad dal), coconut milk, yogurt, baking soda, and some spices are all prepared in a cup and then boiled in oil until soft. This is a typical dish for breakfast and evening snacks, especially during festivals.
Coorg vegetarian dishes for lunch and dinner
These dishes are mostly for lunch and dinner. Some of them can also be prepared for breakfast.
These steamed rice dumplings are mostly for breakfast as well as for light dinner. They make them from broken rice (Kadambutu thari) and ghee. They are served with veg and non-veg stews.
It is more like a steamed rice cake. They make it from broken rice, shredded coconut and milk. Usually, Coorgis prefer them with non-veg curries but they taste the best with ghee and honey.
Bamboo Shoot Fry
Stir-fried bamboo shoots with spices are the core ingredients of this vegetable stew. Bamboo shoot fry is a delicious and popular dish in Coorg.
Fritters of rice or wheat boiled in oil with onion, green chilies, and spices until soft and golden brown.
Bamboo shoots, curry leaves, various spices and coconut milk are the main ingredients of this delicious dish. This is a monsoon delicacy that requires elaborate preparation of a few days.
This spicy curry (vegetable stew) contains lentils, brinjal (eggplant), coconut, tamarind and various spices.
Coorgis call wild mushrooms ‘Kummu’. They cook Kummu curry by gently boiling wild mushrooms and mixing other ingredients like coconut, onion, garlic and various spices. It tastes good with Akki Roti.
Coorg vegetarian dishes for Desserts
Dessert in Coorg is usually a cake or pudding. As they have rightly said, the proof of the pudding is in eating.
This steamed cake usually contains Jackfruit and/or banana, rice and coconut. The leftovers are usually toasted in ghee and eaten the next day.
This fermented dish is a concoction of rice flour, black gram, banana, jaggery and coconut.
Akki Tari Payasa
It is like Payasam, a traditional South Indian dessert. This pudding contains rice, rava, milk, coconut, jaggery, cardamom and dry fruits. You can eat it hot as well as cold.
This dish consists of grated rice flakes cooked in a sauce of ghee (clarified butter), sugar, cashew nuts, and raisins until it thickens. It is also typically served hot with a garnish of coconut, jaggery and kismis.ismis.
Rice, sugar, cardamom powder, cashew nuts, raisins, and cardamom powder are the main ingredients in stuffed dumplings. They are often eaten as a sweet dessert after meals or during festivities.
Coorg has many different and unique vegetarian dishes. I hope you enjoyed reading about the variety of foods available in Coorg and are looking forward to trying them all for yourself. Let me know which one was your favorite dish when you get a chance to visit Coorg.