2. Kodava CuisineKodagu (or Coorg) in Karnataka was a landlocked region for centuries sparking a fiercely preserved local identity – this tiny district was a separate state (between 1950 and 1956) before it merged with Karnataka. Like all strong regional cuisines, Kodava cuisine has built heavily on locally available ingredients from pork – the Coorg-style Pandi (Pork) curry is an emblematic dish, to bamboo shoots to jackfruit. The kachampuli, extracted from the ripe fruits of the Kodambuli fruit (the ripe fruits of the garcinia gummi gutta tree) is a souring agent that lends a unique flavour to some of the region’s meat dishes. Rice is the mainstay of the cuisine whether it’s the traditional steamed puttus(that come in many shapes here) or their payasams (kheers).(Read also:The Cuisine of Coorg: Pandi Curry, Puttus, Kachampuli and More)
3. Mangalorean CuisineSouthern coastal Karnataka is one of my favourite culinary destinations anywhere in the world. The region is also referred to as Tulunadu and is a medley of cuisines shaped by the Bunts, the Brahmins and Mangalore’s large Christian community. From outstanding seafood to generous quantities of coconut and the Bydagi chilli (From Karnataka). Tiny restaurants around the region serve high quality food. Try the Kundapura Ghee Roast or the Kori Roti – wafers crafted with rice flour that turn soggy in chicken gravy. Udupi’s vegetarian tea time snacks (it’s usually coffee time here) like the ubiquitous masala dosa and the banana buns with a mild sweet taste (from the finely blended bananas) are legendary.(Read also:5 South Indian Regional Cuisines You Need to Try if You Haven't Already)
4. Mappila CuisineIf there’s one place you must go to Kerala to eat, it is Kozhikode. It is here that the region’s Mapilla cuisine – a brilliant blend of Arab and Malayali influences, took shape. From Zain’s to Paragon, Kozhikode’s long standing F&B establishments are a magnet for locals and foodies alike. From a distinctive biryani made with small grain khaima rice to the Kozhi Porichathu (juicy chicken marinated in a mixture of spices and deep-fried to lend the dish its crispy crust), to the exquisite Mutta Mala or the egg-garland, a fine noodle-like sweet dish unique to the Mappilas made of egg yolks without a trace of fat. The region’s wide range of accompaniments range from flaky parottasto feather light pathiris made with rice flour.
5. Rayalaseema CuisineAndhra Pradesh’s southernmost region lives up to all the stereotypes of the state’s fiery culinary credentials. The region shares its borders with Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and the influences of these two states in some of the dishes are not tough to spot. The Ragi Sangatti is like Karnataka’s Ragi Mudde (Finger millet balls) while the Gunta Ponganalu (dumplings) is almost identical to the Kuzhi Paniyaram in Tamil Nadu. Millets are an integral part of the region’s cuisine and so are delicious mutton dishes like the mutton kheema balls and the Gongura Mamsam.(Read also:10 Best South Indian Recipes)
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Ashwin Rajagopalan is a Chennai-based writer who writes on topics related to food, gadgets, trends and travel experiences. He enjoys communicating across cultures and borders in his weekday work avatar as a content and editorial consultant for a global major and one of India's only cross cultural trainers.
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About Ashwin RajagopalanI am the proverbial slashie - a content architect, writer, speaker and cultural intelligence coach. School lunch boxes are usually the beginning of our culinary discoveries.That curiosity hasn’t waned. It’s only got stronger as I’ve explored culinary cultures, street food and fine dining restaurants across the world. I’ve discovered cultures and destinations through culinary motifs. I am equally passionate about writing on consumer tech and travel.