Udupi Thali | How to plan Udupi Lunch Menu

>>  Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Udupi Cuisines is one of the renowned cuisines of South India. It takes its name from city, Udupi in the state of Karnataka. The Udupi cuisine has its origin in Ashta matha of Udupi founded by Jagadguru Madhvacharya. Udupi cuisine comprises dishes made primarily from grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits. The variety and range of dishes is wide, and a hallmark of the cuisine involves the use of locally available ingredients. It also adheres strictly to the vedic tradition of Indian vegetarian cuisine, using no onions or garlic, as well as no meat, fish, or shellfish. However, I noticed that this cuisine may also be adapted for those who consume these restricted items. 

Some of the famous dishes of this cuisine would be the Sambar which uses freshly ground spice mix, Menaskai which is a curry prepared with ground spices and its typically spicy, sweet, sour and tangy. 

Some of the other commonly used ingredients would be jackfruit, colocasia leaves, raw green bananas, pumpkin etc 

Their thali features Adyes (Dumplings), ajadinas (dry curries), and chutneys. Gojju / Menaskai, Sambar, Rasama, Fried dishes, Spiced rice

You can read about how I went about preparing this meal 

A typical full course Udupi meal served on a plantain leaf, which is traditionally kept on the ground, is served with following (in sequence

Abbhigara or Ghee
Kosambari (seasoned salad made from split Bengal gram or pea)
Bajji or chutney
Spiced rice (chitranna)
Steamed rice (plain rice cooked in steam or boiling water)
Saaru and Rasam (a spicy watery soup)
Sweets like laddu, holige or Kesari bhath
Fried items like bonda, chakkuli, vada
Paramanna or Kheer (pudding) or Payasa

Jackfruit Pappad and Urad Dal Pappad

What I had planned to be made was the below:


Spiced Rice
Masale Chitranna

Happalla -  Jackfruit Pappad

Fried Snack
Urad Dal Bonda | Biskut Ambade 

Saaru/ Rasam







Sapana Behl September 9, 2015 at 12:23 AM  

Thanks for sharing the planning preparation for this meal.Very tempting feast.

Usha September 9, 2015 at 12:57 AM  

Wonderful array of Udupi food. Can't wait to see rest of the recipes, specially Menaskai. I do not know how it tastes but have fall in love with the name of that dish.. :)

vaishali sabnani September 9, 2015 at 6:02 AM  

Beautiful spread and a cuisine less known to me . There are a couple of unheard dishes , i will have to come back again to read everything in detail and absorb 😊

Kalyani September 9, 2015 at 8:45 AM  

Menaskai is my fav !!! The spice powder takes dishes to another level isn't it ?

Priya Suresh September 12, 2015 at 11:30 AM  

You took me to Karnataka, can smell the flavors of all those lovely array of dishes from here, thanks for sharing all these dishes coz few dishes are quite new for me.

Sandhiya September 18, 2015 at 9:09 AM  

Wow.. Love each dish in this spread..Will try this spread soon..

Pavani N September 20, 2015 at 7:07 AM  

That is an elaborate Udipi meal Valli. Everything looks soooooo amazing. Pinned -- hopefully I'll get to try the dishes soon.

Gayathri Kumar September 23, 2015 at 5:40 PM  

Awesome spread. I don't know when I will get enough courage to do such thalis..

Archana Potdar September 23, 2015 at 9:08 PM  

Wow an elaborate meal that we have only in Krishan Matha and my daughters favourite. Love it.

Padmajha PJ October 2, 2015 at 11:28 PM  

Wonderful spread Srivalli. So nice that you even made rhe spice mixes from the scratch.Awesome!!!

Chef Mireille October 5, 2015 at 11:16 AM  

cant even think about preparing such an elaborate meal - everything looks fabulous

Manjula Bharath October 7, 2015 at 12:34 PM  

Another elaborate udipi meal making me hungry again :) such an well planned and balanced meal to enjoy with family .. each an every dish looks so yummy .. You go lady :)

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