5 Rustic Vegetarian Culinary Experiences you Shouldn't Miss in Coorg! | HolidayIQ Blog

5 Rustic Vegetarian Culinary Experiences you Shouldn't Miss in Coorg!

5 Rustic Vegetarian Culinary Experiences you Shouldn't Miss in Coorg! Shutterstock

A typical Friday night would be a couple of beers with your bros at a fancy resto bar smacking on a platter of nachos and chicken. How about a drive to Coorg the next weekend to explore something homely and exquisite? Apart from the picturesque landscape, rich culture and tradition, the Coorg cuisine has been greatly under-explored.  

Move over 'Pandi curry', the next time you holiday in Coorg, try these 5 unconventional veggie delights.


1. Cozy monsoons with bamboo shoot curry

Cozy monsoons with bamboo shoot curry
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As rain looms over Coorg with clouds, dark and gloomy, tender shoots of young fermented bamboo is stewed in its own juices over a low flame. The fermentation process adds a slight tang to the dish which is then rounded by a simple seasoning of mustard, red chillies, garlic and curry leaves.

Best eaten with hot akki ottis’, a dollop of ghee or a squeeze of lemon, the bamboo shoot curry is a delectable dish to be relished watching the heavy downpour.

Holidayiq reviewer SurjanSingh says “If you are in Coorg do not miss on buying some local spices and the famous Coorgi vinegar from the spice shops near the bus stand at Kannanda Bane.”


2. Tickle your taste buds with Fiddlehead Fern stir fry!

Tickle your taste buds with Fiddlehead Fern stir fry! Share source: carinderia.net

The heavy downpour in Coorg calls for yet another seasonal dish. The fiddlehead fern is a rare and prized delicacy. Simply stir fried with onions, the ‘therme thoppu’ has an exquisite rustic and earthy flavour and pairs best with the ‘akki otti’.

A rich source of calcium, phosphorous, iron and vitamin B, the fiddlehead fern stir fry is a must try the next time you are in Coorg.

Holidayiq reviewer Ajith who says that “The local specialities of Coorg are absolutely delicious.”


3. Wild mushroom curry to warm your soul!

Wild mushroom curry to warm your soul!
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The real hidden treasures of Coorg are the abundant varieties of wild mushrooms. Famously called the ‘Kumm curry’ in the local dialect, the deep and rich flavours of a good wild mushroom curry is like chicken soup for the soul (only better). Paired with steaming hot rice, akki otti or any of the puttus, the wild mushroom curry is heavenly and satisfying.

Holidayiq reviewer Yash Shah says “Do not miss the local South Indian food when you are out and about in Coorg, specially the South Indian Thali, its yummy and nothing like you have ever tasted before! There are plenty of coffee shops and spice shops if you want to do some shopping.”


4. Colocasia curry for that added comfort

Colocasia curry for that added comfort
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A generous source of vitamins, potassium and magnesium, the colocasia curry usually consists of its leaves. A dark gravy like consistency, the curry is nourishing, slightly tangy and has a smokey, rounded and well bodied flavor that lingers on and on. Eat this flavourful, thick stew with hot rice or with rice rotis.

Holidayiq reviewer Pradeep Vaidya says “Coorg food is a speciality by itself and we do not regret but throughly enjoyed having tried it. Authentic Coorg food can be tasted at " Taste of Coorg " and " Coorg Cuisine " restaurants.


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5. The warmth of gingelly chutney

The warmth of gingelly chutney
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The familiar warm, nutty flavor of the gingelly evokes nostalgia in us all. However, in Coorg it is more of a breakfast accompaniment in the form of a chutney. Slightly sweet,, gingelly chutney is best enjoyed with kadumbuttus (rice dumplings) and akki ottis with a spritz of lemon. Packed with energy, gingelly chutney is a must try during the monsoons as it is known to keep the body warm.

Holidayiq reviewer Amrut Kulkarni says “ The spices that we get in Coorg are the purest form available. One can easily feel the authentic aromatic essence of the spices.

Apart from these classics, you can also explore more dishes like the horsegram curry, the wild mango curry and the banana and rice pudding famously called the ‘thambutt’ for a true rustic culinary journey across Coorg.

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