Udupi Thali | How to plan Udupi Lunch Menu


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


Jackfruit Pappad and Urad Dal Pappad


What I had planned to be made was the below:

Kosambari
Chana Lentil and Cucumber Salad | Kadale Bele Kosambari























Ajethna 
Eggplant Dry Curry in Udupi Style













Spiced Rice
Masale Chitranna












Happalla -  Jackfruit Pappad

Fried Snack
Urad Dal Bonda | Biskut Ambade 













Saaru/ Rasam















with 













Menaskai
Gorikai Menaskai / Cluster Beans in Sesame Coconut Curry














Koddelu
Raw Banana Sambar 


















Payasa 
Broken Wheat Payasam













Buttermilk/curd

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