Uttar Kannada , Karnataka
I can’t tell you how exhilarated am I to showcase the coastal towns of Kumta and Honnavar which are a part of the Uttar Kannada district in Karnataka. Kumta is my native place and Honnavar next door have been the destinations for me every vacation since childhood, things have changed a lot since then in terms of infrastructure but the towns continue to be sleepy with very good quality of life. Anyways my agenda always is food and these two towns are known for its seafood devouring residents. People who have originated from here also have a nose for good fish, like my parents the exception being me who always scouts of veggie food. Anyways hope you enjoy the pictures.
The Devray’s ( Canara cold drinks) handmade icecream is a must have and so is his Ellu neer ( Seasame and milk drink). I had them all but forgot to click as I hogged the Rs 7 scoop of Chickoo and mango icecreams one after the other. Hotel Shubhas near Gudgar Galli and Hotel Kini in the market are very good for local snacks. Lastly hotel Moonlight is good for fish and veggie meals alike.
Backyard, coconut and fruit farms
The white version of Kokum kadii made with unripe fruit at Devray’s Canara coldrinks
Ambya Humane a sweet, spicy and sour delicacy made with local mangoes, Jaggery and tempered with Mustard, chillies and Curry leaf
Hitta or Khotte are idlis steamed in jackfruit leaves. Best accompaniment is jaggery sweetened and cardamom flavoured coconut milk
Misal Bhaji … Coconut , jaggery and chilli flavoured rice flakes/thin poha doused with coconut gravy and topped with thick sev and chilli peanuts
Patrade/ Aloo wadi made from Colocasia leaves stuffed with a sweet and sour lentils and then rolled and steamed. Fiinally sliced and pan-fried with a semoliina crust
Sour Mango pulp with salt and pepper being sun-dried to make Ambya Sathee also called Aam papad
Ambya Sathee after being sundried
Kagal Beach in Kumta…. Untresspassed hence tranquil
Sheetal coldrinks is go to place for their Gadbad, otherwise did not come across a destination eatery but for the Bhattara in Gunvante. There are a lot of tiny restaurants and mass brands like Kamat’s and I bet you will find a lot of fish places if you look around, I did not!
A must have pitstop on the national highway. Breakfast for 5 at Rs 200. Known for its Benne Dosas
The owner of Bhattara in action
Sweet and leavened deep fried buns with a coconut gravy
Benne Dosa aka Butter dosa at Gunvante, Honnnavar
Kashay. A hot beverage made with Coriander seeds, fenugreek, Cumin and more.
Free fish pedicure at a Kund in Gunvante , Honnavar
Gadbad.. 3 scoops of handmade ice cream with sugar soaked fruits and dried fruits.
Ragi Neer… Made by grinding and cooking Nachni/ Finger Millet. The drink is sweetened with jaggery and flavoured with cardamom. A very good coolant
coal smoked kokum kadi made with fresh fruit
Mallika Mangoes.. taste reminiscent of Alphonso, Dusseri and Totapuri
Kadgi Phodi- Panfried semolina crusted breadfruit
Kasarkod beach in Honnavar with clean shore and clear waters
Please add to the list in comments if you know more and better places 🙂