When in Bengaluru, Eat Like a King: 5 Dishes You Simply Can’t Miss
Bengaluru is known for its diversity, not just when it comes to people and culture, but also its flavourful delicacies. The city is home to unbridled culinary creativity that manifests itself in a wide range of lip-smacking dishes that emerge out of the melting pot of cultures that is Bengaluru.
1. Donne Biryani
Donne Biryani is known for its intoxicating mix of spices and the irresistible aroma of methi (fenugreek seeds). The word ‘donne’ refers to the cup made of palm leaves that the biryani is served in. Available in both mutton and chicken variants, it is often served with salad or raita on the side.
Where to eat it: Shivaji Military Hotel, Jayanagar
Cost: Rs 150
2. Mangalore Bun
Mangalore buns are soft, fluffy pooris made using bananas. The mildly sweet crust of the bread compliments the spicy coconut chutney with which it is served. A plate of these buns is sure to satisfy your breakfast or tea-time hunger. The desi version of banana pancakes traces its origin to the Udupi and Mangalore regions.
Where to eat it: Shri Sagar (CTR), Malleshwaram or any darshini (outlet)
Cost: Rs. 40
Chitranna is a version of lemon rice seasoned with a variety of ingredients, like mustard seeds, turmeric, lentils and peanuts. The dish is a familiar sight in several Bengaluru households. It is usually served with some pickle and yoghurt and is available in almost every street corner in Bengaluru.
Where to eat: Mavalli Tiffin Room, Lalbagh Road
Cost: Rs 40 - 50
4. Madhur Vade
The vade was first mentioned in a 12th-century Sanskrit encyclopedia, compiled by Someshvara III, who once ruled the state of Karnataka.
Maddur Vade is a popular evening snack made of rice flour and deep fried onions. The crisp, golden brown exterior and soft interior is sure to melt in your mouth. Darshinis (outlets) in Bengaluru dish out hundreds of these patties every evening. Best eaten with some thick coconut or coriander chutney.
Where to eat: SLV Corner, Basavanagudi
Cost: Rs 40
Paddu is a lip-smacking breakfast dish made from dosa batter. The dish, which comes in variations of sweet and spicy, tastes like a combination of soft idlis and crisp dosas. A special pan with fissures is used to make these paddus. Also known as paniyaram or guliappa, this is ideal for a light and scrumptious breakfast.
Where to eat: Food Street, VV Puram
Cost: Rs. 25 - 30