Mangalorean dishes

7 Mangalorean Dishes You Have To Try

Mangalore (Mangaluru) is a port city in the coastal region of Karnataka. Mangalorean dishes tend to be spicy, with lots of coconut and fresh seafood. A vibrant melting pot of different communities, Mangalorean Catholics’ Sanna-Dukra Maas (Sanna – idli fluffed with toddy or yeast; Dukra Maas – Pork), Pork Bafat, Sorpotel and the Mutton Biryani of the Muslims are well-known dishes. Street food is also popular here, with typical South Indian delicacies like dosa, vada, idlis and the rasam.

You might not be able to travel there right now, but we wanted to highlight some of the best recipes from the region. These recipes come from the very best food bloggers in the world, so make sure to bookmark their sites.

Grab yourself some good fresh produce and invite some friends or family over. Time to get into the kitchen and to start cooking up some of these classics. The perfect way to test yourself if you are an aspiring home cook!

Best Mangalorean Dishes

1. Mangalore Buns

Unlike crispy puris, Mangalore Buns or banana puri have a soft, fluffy interior with a sweet flavour from ripe bananas. Serve these yummy, soft, fluffy buns as a snack or paired with coconut chutney, or sambar. They also taste great with potato masala or kurma.

Recipe is by Simple Sumptuous Cooking.

2. Chicken Ghee Roast

A classic Mangalorean style Ghee Roast chicken, is a traditional recipe from the kitchen of Mangalorean households. A combination of succulent pieces of chicken marinated and cooked in a robust masala cooked in rich ghee.

Recipe is by Archana’s Kitchen.

3. Meen Gassi (Fish Curry)

This fish curry is a popular curry from Mangalore! This curry is lightly spiced dish with a hint of tang flavour from tamarind and a very mild sweetish tone from coconut. Flavours balances so well with coconut oil that you end up having extra morsels of rice.

Recipe is by Palate’s Desire.

Fish Curry

4. Chicken Sukka

This dish has a boatload of flavors and comes together in less than an hour. Chicken Sukka is spicy, it’s aromatic and uplifts your tastebuds instantly. It has a lot of earthy spices and all these together create a beautiful balance.

Recipe is by Playful Cooking.

5. Mangalorean Mandakki

Rice has always been an important part of Mangalorean cuisine, and this churumuri recipe prepared with puffed rice is the most popular & loved street food of Mangalore and Udupi region.

Recipe is by My Food Tales.

6. Mangalore Fish Masala Fry

Fish Tawa fry is a popular restaurant delicacy in Mangalore. This fried fish is served with a spicy sauce known as Tawa masala and perfect to be served with homemade dal and steamed rice.

Recipe is by Shanaz Rafiq.

Mangalorean dishes

7. Coconut Sorak

This recipe is for a basic coconut based sorak curry. It is delicious when eaten with red boiled rice, a variety of rice that is popular in South India!

Recipe is by Ruchik Randhap.

Mangalorean dishes

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Sarah Clayton-Lea
Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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