Udupi Cuisine: The Love of Vegetarians
Karnataka, with Bangalore as capital, is a state in southwest India with coastlines along the Arabian Sea. The state is a manufacturing hub, the pan-Indian leader in the field of IT, and the nation’s front-runner in biotechnology. It has diverse linguistic and religious ethnicities, and so is its cuisine.
Karnataka cuisine is the mildest in terms of spice content of all four southern states with its generous use of jaggery, palm sugar and little use of chilli powder. Its cuisine is also described as the most vegetarian, enjoying widespread popularity. One of Karnataka’s 30 subdivisions is the smallish Udupi district whose cuisine forms an integral part of Karnataka cuisine – very vegetarian.
Udupi is mostly pure vegetarian food – there is no meat, fish or shellfish, not even garlic and onion. Due to its Saatvik tradition, dishes consist of grains, beans, fruits and vegetables, and considered incomplete without coconut and coconut oil. The Saatvik diet adheres to a philosophy of eating only pure, clean, safe, ethnic, ethical and vital foods; hence, it includes only organic and seasonal produce that does not use GMOs, synthetics, antibiotics or growth hormones. It considers all processed foods, stale foods,, overcooked and over spiced foods as destructive or tamasic.
So, hence, is Udupi cuisine bland and tasteless? On the contrary, it is neither. It is meant to include all the six flavors – sweet, salt, bitter, sour, pungent and astringent. Each meal caters to all these vital flavors.
The famous Masala Dosa is originally an Udupi dish. There are many other types of Udupi dishes. There’s the pepper water dish Saaru or Rasam; there’s Koddelu or Sambar made with green vegetables and tasty locally available ingredients; Huli, like Sambar, but is ground coconut based; Tambuli is watery vegetable paste. There’s Spiced Rice, a heavy dish with many aromatic spices; there’s dry curry and the sweet dessert Kheer or rice pudding.
Falling In Love with Vegetarianism in Bellevue
Dining at MokSha, experience vegetarianism yet have tasty and nutritious meals. We serve popular Udupi recipes faithful to the Saatvik philosophy. Trust our chefs to prepare for you favorite selections that have all the vital flavors of a vegetarian diet.