RCI_Karnataka with ತೆಳೆವು/Neer dose, ಮನೊಹರ/manohara and maddur vade

My origin is from north kanara or uttara kannada with RCI for karnataka thought of sharing some glimpses of this part of karnataka.  Though I spent most of my childhood and education near Bangalore my moms native sagar(my moms place), sirsi where my Doddamma, my In-laws stay and mathikoppa near Ekkeri, vardahalli where my another aunt stays are very close to my heart and would love to visit during our summer vacation. The main cultivation wise near my native they grow paddy, betelnut, coconut, cashew nut. I think not many have tasted the fruit of cashew. So every year my aunts family who have their own plantation are busy in the process of picking betelnuts drying them and selling them eventually during the season. I am not much aware of the technics but me my sis and cousins would stroll round the village to have fun plucking the fresh fruits, veges and of course used to drink lots of tender coconut water. Only wish I had the pictures so that I could post them along. If we happen to peek in their lifestyle is so different and really very amazing though they have to go along quite a tough path. They all are so healthy even at this age cross my fingers but the fact is the nature and type of living makes a lot of difference.

The chief language of the district is Kannada, with minorities of Konkani, Marathi, and Tulu speakers. The population is predominantly Hindu, comprising of many communities like Havyaka, Nadavas, Gowda Saraswat brahmins, Vokkaligas, Sherugars, Namdharis and Vanis.

The Havyakas are united by their unique language. They speak a dialect of Kannada known as Havyaka Kannada. It is similar to mainstream Kannada but draws more words from ancient Kannada. However, most mainstream Kannada speakers find it difficult to understand Havyaka Kannada. The Havyaka dialect is supposed to be quite old. Its origins, like many other things in India, are shrouded in mystery. Notably certain Havigannada(Havyaka Kannada) speakers , more so in Uttara kannada, use neutral gender in place of feminine gender while addressing females. But Havyaks in certain part of Karnataka, like Kundapur, Thirthahalli, Kodagu do not speak Havigannada.

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One of the most ancient Madukeshwara temple in Banavasi. If any friends/guests would visit the first one which my Dodappa would ask lets take them to Banavasi.The annual December cultural festival, Kadambothsav, is a huge gathering, organized by the state government, and featuring folk dancers, drama troupes, classical musicians, art exhibitions, while drawing together performers, artists, and writers from all of south IndiaBanavasi has long been a cultural centre, especially the Yakshagana art form. Today local artisans craft and sell the classical folk art Yakshagana masks here. Read more about Banavasi here


JOG Falls

If you happen to go karanataka don’t miss the jog falls which is located near Sagar in Shimoga dist. This year the falls were breathtaking. These are  some of the photos sent by my friend. The best time would be in mansoon to visit these falls.River Sharavati falls  from the height of around 253 mts  and splits itself into four major falls called as Raja, Rani, Rocket and Roarer. Whenever i visited it would be dry never had been able to visit at the right time. Trekking up and down is really fun i made it only once during summer.

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Coming to the dishes

Morning breakfast normally we are lovers of dosa, like uddina dose(urad dhall dosa thick ones), Bele dose(thin dhall dosa), Banana dosa(balehannu doddana), halasina hannu(jackfruit) dose, mogekai dose(cucumber dosa even made sweet and plain), Neer dosa(tellevu), uppitu/upuma, avallaki/poha various kinds. Plain iddilis are quite rare. We have sweet kadabu, chappe(plain) kadabu different kinds of steamed dumplings, rotis(phulkas)of wheat, jowar and rice, chapatis and thalipeetu of jowar, rice, wheat, ragi or mixed too.


Neer dose/Thellevu

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All you need

par boiled  Rice – 1 cup
raw rice – 1 cup
fresh grated coconut – 1 cup


  • Soak rice the previous night in water

  • Next morning grind the rice and coconut to a fine paste

  • The mixture should be thin like butter milk like we do for rava dose

  • Heat the tava wait until it is hot

  • Pour the batter like for rava dosa, the batter will spread itself and make sure to pour other sides just like rava dosa

  • Once it has cooked just remove and serve immediately. Do not over turn the dosa

  • The texture will be thin and spongy. Serve hot along with spicy chutney

Beluli chutney

All you need: 2 pods of garlic, 1 tsp jeera, 1 tsp urad dhall, 2 -dry chillies, 1/2 cup grated coconut, tamarind and salt as per taste.

Method: fry garlic, jeera, urad dhall chillies in 1 tsp of oil. Grind with all the other ingrediants. No tadka is required.

Avallaki Manohara

This sweet is normally made with fried boondi too. I just loved this sweet very first time i had at my mothe in laws place and was totally flat at it. But as i queried my mother in law she told we could as well make with poha. So this was a great way for me to skip the making of boondis.So here i go


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All you need
Thick poha – 1 cup
jaggery – 1 cup
grated coconut – 1/4 cup
seseme seeds – 1 big tbsp


  • Deep fry Avallaki(poha) in oil keep aside

  • Dry roast seseme seeds until fragrant

  • In a saucepan take jaggery add 2-3 tbsp water, grated coconut and let it boil until 2 thread consistency

  • now turn off fire, add fried poha mix well add the seseme seeds and give a nice stir taking care not to break the poha

  • Wait for 15 minute to cool it will seperate out like sweet boondis but a little crispy. This can be stored for a week.

  • At my native they prepare with the natural jaggery ( neer bella/joni bella) color will be dark brown will write about this in my next post

Maddur vade

This has been blogged at various bloggers but I could not resist so I had make some maduravada vade maddur vade

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All you need
Maida – 1/4 cup
Chiroti Rava/ fine semolina – 1 cup
Rice flour – 1/4 cup
coriander leaves – 1/2 cup
curry leaves – 1/2 cup
green chillies – 5-6
onions – 2 big
salt to taste


  • cut chillies, onions. coriander leaves, curry leaves finely

  • Mix all the three flours well with salt

  • heat 1 tbsp of oil and add to the flour

  • Add the chillies, onions, coriander leaves and curry leaves to the flour

  • Add water and mix until to get a dough of consistency for vadas

  • Pat on your palm or a plastic/waxed paper to a round circle and deep fry vadas in oil serve hot.

note: This is dough can be made a little stiff like for puris. Roll them to small puris, deep fry and can be stored like crunchy snack. Goes very well along with hot tea/coffee.

This goes for RCI Karnataka hosted by our dear blogger Asha from Foodieshope which is orginated from Lakshmi of VeggeCuisine

Thanks Sandeepa, Bharathi  and Tee for the inspiring awards.


59 Comments Add yours

  1. Nags says:

    lovely kannadiga feast 🙂 did you take those first few pics urself. jog falls look amazing 😀

    Thanks Nags! the jog falls was taken by my friend.

  2. padmaja says:

    hey delicious recipes and amazing snaps!!!

    thanks Padmaja!keep visiting!

  3. Srivalli says:

    very nice recipes…great entries…

    Thanks Srivalli! looking forward for yours too

  4. sunita says:

    Wonderful recipes and pictures…the falls look amazing 🙂

    Thanks Suni,

  5. sra says:

    Roopa, I’ve had neer dosa with a bit of jaggery and coconut mixed, on the side. It’s delicious. We toured a bit of Uttara Kannada this summer on our way to Goa, went to Shimoga and Jog Falls too!
    I have a doubt – I thought people who hailed from Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada spoke Konkani or Tulu, to a smaller extent? Are there many Kannada speakers native to these districts?

    Thats really wonderfull! you hightlighted right i will write about the kannadigas in this region which i forgot to add :0 !

  6. Pragyan says:

    Loved the temple pic. Can almost feel the fresh whiff of morning village air with the the birds chirping in the background 🙂 Loved visiting our village as a kid. Thanks for reviving the memories.

    IT so wonderfull looking at those pictures ins’t it. 🙂 so nice from food blogs can do much more than just talk about food right!

  7. Raaga says:

    I make neer dosa too… panpole they are called in konkani… doubt they look as pretty as yours 🙂

    And I will try maddur vada soon… always looking for snack recipes 🙂

    right even konkani’s make the same! hmm well i think will take some time to get hold of the right consistency, . maddur vade is just fabulous as it is the name says it all 🙂

  8. lakshmi says:

    maddur vada is soooooooooooooo yummy, my mouth is watering at the mere mention of its name. this is one of my must haves whenever i am travelling from banagalore to mysore.

    ps: i think its raja, rani, roarer, rocket – if i recollect correctly from this folk song on sharavathi nadi that i learnt as a kid.

    Thanks lakshmi i have updated the post how did i forget it ! vade’s are always great 🙂

  9. Asha says:

    Roopa!! Fabulous post. I used to live in Hubli and Belgaum and I had a college friend fro Sagar. So nice to read about Jog falls, brought all the school memories.Every Summer we would go there on school summer trip form Mysore.
    Now, that list of food you listed had me drooling,it’s only 7.30am here!:))
    Thank you for all three entries, no better dishes to represent Karnataka!!

    Thanks Asha, i had lots of plans to give more information will try in the next post. Jog falls just happen to get the pictures last month so was in time which helped it. Will try to get some more recipes from mil and aunty. 🙂 hope your eyes are recovering well. don’t strain dear and take care 🙂

  10. Wow! I was just waiting for the Neer dose! So soft and yummy! I like it with coconut chutney! Even i’ll be posting Maddur vade, roopa! Thankfully my recipe is slightly different!

    Jog pictures are wonderful! We visited long back!

    neer dose goes along with any chutney, i think we are going to have lot of maddur vade recipes 🙂 will look forward to yours.

  11. viji says:

    Lovely authentic recipes Roopa. Viji

    Thanks viji, glad you liked them 🙂

  12. Richa says:

    thanks for a nice visual tour of the falls! the recipes look delicious!

    Richa welcome dear! 🙂

  13. Laavanya says:

    What an array of recipes Roopa … and nice pics of Karnataka too.

    Thanks Lavanya 🙂 hope you try some them too !

  14. Padma says:

    Roopa such authentic recipes…wow, simply delicious. I will make those neeludosa sometime…and also your velluli chutney (as called in telugu). Loved that avallaki manohara and madhur vada too. Hey dont you think that JOG falls is Monsoon-Niagara falls of India!

    Thanks Padma, do try them and let me know how it turns out! your are right of the jog falls even many have described it the same way

  15. sra says:

    Roopa, thanks for updating the information in the post. It was interesting to read.

    YOu are welcome Sra!:)

  16. Mishmash! says:

    WOW!!!JOG Falls are so breathtaking !!! Thanks for sharing the pic…next time in Karnataka, I know where to go exactly:)


    hmm yeah its just fabulous when you are near the falls ! do visit 🙂

  17. Priya says:

    oh how many recipes…liked the look of theneer dose…

    Thanks priya! neer dose do try it 🙂

  18. Sig says:

    Wow, such an informative post! The falls pictures are breathtaking Roopa…. added to my list of places to visit… And a wonderful array of authentic dishes too…. Nice RCI entry

    Thanks sig! hey waiting when are you posting a vege recipe haven’t seen for long 🙂

  19. musical says:

    Hey Roopa, this such a lovely post. Brought back fond memories of Jog Falls :). Neer dose is panapole right? and whenever i would travel from Bangalore to Mysore, Maddur vade used to be must during the journey (Maddur is on the way) 😀

    yeah Musical, neer dose is panapole 🙂 mysore -bangalore hmm feel like going to India :)….

  20. Tee says:

    great post! loved the pictures of Jog Falls.
    And all the dishes are so yummy! I tried making neera dosa once at home, but it did not turn out as expected…will try out your recipe soon. 🙂

    Thanks Tee! neer dosa do try it just make it watery then would be right! good luck 🙂

  21. musy says:

    Hey Roopa,
    Lovely post! brought back fond memories of Jog falls! and i love panapole and maddur vade. While travelling between Bangalore and Mysore, these would be must, the maddur vade!


    Thanks musy, i dono why your post always goes to spam … :0, have to figure out these days many went to spam !

  22. Happy cook says:

    A good post, very informative.
    Neer dose looks like the appom we have in Kerala.
    Vada looks great

    Thanks HC, its like appam but no need of fermentation as i know you need to ferment for appam but tastes similar to it!

  23. priyanka says:

    The Neer dosa looks just perfect Roopa…never tried making a dosa in my life…however i have never eaten neer dosa….will try it out..maddur vadas look delicious too:)

    Thanks priyanka ! you gotto try making them dear you will never regret it even saves lot of time too . try making simple ones like urad dosa or set dosa which are easy to make and no need really for thin texture! do try the vadas !

  24. Swapna says:

    Like you, I love drinking coconut water. Haven’t drank in a long time:(. Those Jog falls are breaktakingly beautiful. Many thanks to you and ur friend for sharing pics.

    Neer dosa is my fav dosa. Haven’t made it at home. Dosa and belluli chutney are perfect Sunday meal.

    Great entries!

    Thanks swapna and most welcome 🙂

  25. TheCooker says:

    The neer dosa looks so sheer and delicate. Gorgeous.

    Thanks TC, its one of my familys favorite too 🙂

  26. Latha says:

    Fabulous post Roopa! Love all the pictures! Makes me feel proud! Though i am from Bangalore I have some really good Havyaka friends 🙂 Love their food – especially all the tambuli’s, chitranna’s and avalakki. Your neer dose, manohara and vade look delicious!

    the food wise is very different from the karanataka food spoken ! will be posting some more recipes if possible soon, i am glad that many of you all love the havyak fcuisine 🙂

  27. sreelu says:

    Padmaja thanks for the nice virtual tour and recipes.

    Sreelu back from the trip has left you change my name ha ha 🙂 anyways i am roopa hope you had a nice time !

  28. RedChillies says:

    Beautiful entries Roopa. I am from Bangalore too. The picture of Jog Falls is amazing. Avalakki Manohara, I am hearing for the first time. It is a good change and looks delicious.

    Wow its great to have so many bloggers from karnataka. Manohara is more specific to the region near uttara kannada. thanks for dropping by and hope to see you again 🙂

  29. prema says:

    lovely entries… neer dosa looks fantastic. I have tasted manohara before but do not remember where and I do not know the name too. But as I was reading ur recipe and looking at ur pic I could feel the taste of it…thanks for the wonderful recipe.

    Thanks prema! thats good you have tasted manohara its one of our favorites do try with boondi too if you have time

  30. Cynthia says:

    I’ve learnt so much from this post. Thanks Roopa.

    You are most welcome and its my pleasure too !

  31. bee says:

    what great pics. love that temple. it looks so beautiful and austere – like kerala temples. and your recipes are outstanding – yet again.

    Thanks Bee, hope to digout somemore photos !

  32. Savithri says:

    What a wonderful post! The falls are gorgeous. Makes me think of Niagara Falls here in Canada.
    Great recipes too:)

    Thanks savitri for dropping by! Glad you liked them and hope to see you again 🙂

  33. TBC says:

    The neer dosa looks so good! I have eaten it many times but never made it myself.
    Love the pic of Jog Falls.

    Thanks TBC, do try them 🙂

  34. ramya says:

    nice to know more about karnataka and wow jogfalls these r looking like asmaller version of niagara falls can call indian niagara, never had a chance to visit. and all the recipes are good neerdosa i never tried it but it’s looking very good as a dosa fan i can eat any dosa at anytime.will try it.

    Yes ramya they look gorgeous in mansoon 🙂 do let me know if you happen to try it !

  35. Siri says:

    Lovely Recipes Roopa..:D and all pictures look so beautiful and yummy.. will try these soon..:) thanks

    Thanks Siri for dropping by! hope to see you again and do try the dishes !

  36. mamatha says:

    I just loved the post. U Know in the movie “Nammura mandhara Hoove” they speak little bit of Havigannada. Agalinda adannu kelalu tumba ishta. After seeing that movie I want to see “Yana” ,”sirsi marikamba jatre”, Next time when we visit india, I have to make plan to visit NK.
    I like Neeru Dose, tasted it once in my mangalore friends house but never tried . But i will soon. manohara and maddur vade looks Yummy!!!!
    Gowri mattu ganesha Habbada shubhashagala:)

    yes mamatha actually wanted to write about that movie but then many of them are not kannadigas so left it. will write about yana and marikambha devastana in next post. the post was getting a bit too long…
    Thanks nimagu “gowri Ganesha habbada shubasheyagalu”

  37. Bharathy says:

    Wonderful to know abt your roots Roopa!…It was interesting to go through the whole post!
    Pictures of the falls are toooo good!!:)

    The dosa,Manohara and vade too are yummy!!..Thanx for sharing the authentic delicacies Roopa…

    BTW, is the dish Puliyogare/tamarind rice, Kannadiga?Roopa?..(i have already pestered asha too much he he)

    Thanks Bharathi glad you enjoyed dear 🙂 well puliyogare comes as i know from iyengars mainly living in mysore and bangalore. it is common in tamil, telugu as well as kannada cuisine our cuisine has a more sweet/ ting than the others.

  38. sandeepa says:

    A very nice read and fabulous photos of Jog falls

    I loved the Maddur Vada. Have not had Neer Dosa but it looks so pristine in white

    Thanks Sandeepa, Thats the beauty of this dosa it should never brown and must be neer(watery) 🙂

  39. shilpa says:

    Thats one of the best posts I have read about Karnataka. The pics are superb. Even though I have lived all my life very close to Jog, I can’t beleive I have never been there :(. It looks more beautiful than Niagara. The dishes you have posted are simple great. In all, I can just say, hats off to u…

    I know many who have not been thinking it is very near at times we say we can go any time and time never comes same goes i have never gone to Yana neasr sirsi :). I am flattered by your compliments dear thanks!.

  40. sharmi says:

    Roopa, this is one beautiful post! I loved the pic of the temple and the falls. awesome!! lovely entries too.

    Thanks Sharmi 🙂

  41. indosungod says:

    Waterfalls looks amazing. The Maddur Vade is a super snack, looks good.,

    Thanks ISG, i feel like makins vades again 🙂

  42. Hi Roopa, what a lovely post. So informative and just a pleasure to read. I too love the waterfalls… and the neer dosa look white and pure as new snow 🙂

    Thank you for sharing!

    Thanks Linda, hope you try them too 🙂

  43. Anu says:

    Hi Roopa,
    Great post and lovely pics 🙂 Wanted to go to Jog falls this year…its really beautiful due to the heavy rains..I love all the entries especially Neer dosa and Maddur vada.

  44. Bharathy says:

    Thanks Roopa!
    I have drafted that for RCI…will add jaggery(we don’t add)..for the recipe!!:D..

    Looking forward for your recipe dear:)

  45. Hi Roopa
    The falls are looking so beautiful!!will definitely visit them after went to India.

    The neer dosa is interesting. I like maddurvada.

    Thanks Swapna do try the vaddas 🙂

  46. Beautiful (wordpress) site! Yaay!
    Thank you for your nice comment, which enticed me here.
    Loved your Ganapati jaevaN! Am from Horth Kanara too: kumta/ Honavar/ Bhatkal.

    Have visited jog falls as a kid, but should visit again. Haven’t been to Banvasi – where is it near? As you can see, I am very interested in temples, so will have to visit during this nov/dec 🙂

    Hope you had a great Ganapati!

    Thanks Arun for dropping by!, nice to know you are also from north kanara depicts from your blog. Banavasi is near Sirsi around 20-25 kms from there. Visit and get some more photos 🙂

  47. kajal says:

    Happy Ganesh Chaturti!!!
    I like your Beluli chutney and Neer Dose. Nice picture of Karnataka. So you enjoy your summer vacation. I alos like this sweet of thick poha we made this sweet as ladoo also. Maddur vade looks delicious my dear..:)

    Thanks Kajal! hope you too had a great day

  48. Suma Gandlur says:

    Great feast from Karnataka girl. Love all of them.

    Thanks Suma 🙂

  49. shivapriya says:

    Same pinch roopa, is it Neer dosa or Paan Pole?? I’m confused. I know very lil about karnataka cuisine. Yummy dishes. I’m not a big fan of sweets but i’m sure going to Maddur vade, they are similar to Cheti Pakodi (hand made pakodi’s).

    In north and south kanara this is called neer dosa and konkanis call it paan pole 🙂

  50. simireuben says:

    I see that u r bangalore too- can you please tell me where to get hold of some banana leaves in bangalore…I hve to throw a traditional kerala sadhya and i am desperately lookin for some banana leave to serve in..

    Thanks in advance

    Hi Simi, actually i stay in singapore but you should be able to find banana leaves in city market good luck 🙂

  51. Roopa says:

    Hi Roopa,

    My name is also Roopa… I was googling for neer’dose recipe and got thru your site… I am trying this out today… Nice posting dear.

  52. k g bhat says:

    neer dose or tellavu as we call it in south kanara is wonderful if eaten with grated coconut and jaggery mix if you ask me.

  53. prameela says:

    hai frind see thae photes

  54. Dr.k g bhat says:

    we in this part of dakshina kannada eat ತೆಳ್ಳವು as it is called we havyaks here eat it with grated coconut mixed with ಬೆಲ್ಲ .as far as i am concerned( i am a sweet tooth)there is nothing more delicious!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. leenabhat says:

    it is very tasty but not many know about it or how to make it.

    1. Dr.k g bhat says:

      it is not difficult to make, i assume you talking about bella suli, ಬೆಲ್ಲ ಸುಳಿ,as we call it,add grated jaggery to grated coconut and mix.it is to be eaten fresh.jaggery according your taste,i add little more.

      1. Roopa says:

        thanks, this is manohara, which can be kept for days which is done with fried avallakki/boondi with jaggery. As i know bell su_Li is sweet avallki i make it for kids(fresh).

  56. Malathi says:

    Hi Roopa

    I always try your receipes. Please let me know any new receipes.


  57. smitha says:

    hai how are you i always try your receipes. please let me know any new receipes.

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