The sound of Mangalore brings fish in mind and trust us, there’s nothing fishy about that. But along with the mainstream seafood of the region, street food in Mangalore is undeniably epicurean. The mixed aromas of food from across the country are any day highlighted by the exclusivity of the state that could be found elsewhere, but wouldn’t be the same. Here are some of the best street food in Mangalore that you must try if you are already there or planning a trip.
May the list begin with a mandatory dedication to the state. This street food of Mangalore is rather a thick coconut based delight, an all-time local favorite that can be savored with roti, rice or the traditional neer dosa or Korri roti (a combination of crispy wafer like flattened bread made from boiled rice and chicken curry). The gassi is prepared with a variety of ingredients as its central delicacy, such as kori (chicken) gassi, channa dal (chickpeas) gassi, meen (fish) gassi, paneer (cottage cheese) gassi.
Best Places for Gassi: Machali and Maharaja
2. Goli Bajji
If you are looking for the perfect snack handpicked from the street food of Mangalore, then the Goli bajji is your taste! This perfect evening snack is a sweet and sourish, plain soft bun that can either be eaten plain or with chutney. It is primarily made with maida (flour) and curd and further fried to add to its crispy and golden brown flavor. Also known as Mangalore Bonda, Goli bajji or Goli baje also makes a great winter snack or a savory on a rainy evening.
Best Places for Goli Bhajji: Mitra Samaj, Udupi, Karnataka.
3. Korri Roti
Korri roti or Chicken curry and fried wafers is another Mangalorean delicacy, although mainstream, yet it does add to the traditional street food of Mangalore marking the exclusivity of this cuisine. The chicken curry is generally made from a red chilly base, hence maybe a little spicier for those accustomed to bland taste buds and perfect for the spice lovers. The roti is different from the usual roti one would speak of. It is a crispy, flattened wafer kind of bread used to dip in the curry and savor.
Best Place For Korri Roti: Shetty’s Korri roti, a restaurant dedicated to the cause!
4. Gujje Podi
This type of street food of Mangalore is a pakoda in other terms, but not the usual pakoda you may have tasted. The Gujje Podi is a jackfruit pakoda, yes, you heard that! Jackfruit fried snack, nope not the jackfruit chips. As unsure as you may seem, the pakoda is that many times good. Another favorite snack of the Mangalorean, this snack consists of thinly sliced jackfruit pieces dipped in a rich, flavorful batter and deep fried adding to the crispy and crunchy nature of the pakoda.
Best Place For Gujje Podi: New Tajmahal, Mangalore.
You’ve seen rice and you’ve seen puffed rice. What if you could merge the two? Unthinkable? Try the Mangalorean Mandakki and it would force you to think twice! This is a famous and cultural street food of Mangalore that consists of veggies, cooked puffed rice, masala and all the good things life has to offer. Grab a cup of chai (tea) and savor this street food of Mangalore, hopefully, while nature is pouring outside your window! You could find this snack at almost any chat shop in Mangalore and more so, people prefer to make it themselves and be a little more creative with their ingredients!
6. Kadale Manoli
A famous festive dish, the kadale manoli is usually prepared during south Indian festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthi. Although an exclusive dish, it is a must try to those who touch Mangalorean grounds. Literally translated, the kadale manoli means chickpeas (kadale) and ivy gourd (manoli). This beautiful saffron mixture can be eaten either with a side such as rice or dosa and can be eaten just by the dish itself. Families usually prepare this dish at home, the recipe is pretty simple and in case you bump into your Mangalorean friend the next time, demand for this savory! A friend in food is definitely a friend in need!
Which of these food in Mangalore have you tried? Let us know your favourite in the comments below!