Sunday, 20 March 2011

Mangalorean Cuisine..

Its all about the food :

                 Mangalorean cuisine is largely influenced by the South Indian cuisine, with several cuisines being unique to the diverse communities of the region. Coconut and curry leaves are common ingredients to most Mangalorean Curry, as are ginger, garlic and chili. Mangalorean Fish Curry is popular dish in Karnataka.Mangalorean cuisine is well known for their distinct flavor. In general, the Mangalorean recipes are quite spicy and fresh coconut is an integral part of these recipes. Rice is the staple food of the Mangaloreans though for the non vegetarians, fish is also a regular meal.
Mangalorean cuisine to some extent has been inspired by the mixed culture that constitutes the population of Mangalore. This is why one can enjoy both vegetarian as well as non vegetarian recipes at the same time.

Non-vegetarian cuisine :

             Mangalorien food is known for its rich and spicy cuisine. The most important dish is Fish, Sanna-Dukra Maas Sanna – idli fluffed with toddy or yeast and are popular dishes. Their fish curry especially their Fish Curry, is known for its taste in the whole of coastal India while fried fish in their style is well known. The a variant of Kori Rotti are dry rice flakes dipped in chicken gravy dishes.

Fish cooked in a traditional form




Sanna with pork curry


Prawn curry


Prawn curry was cooked by my sister and me. It was really tasty and good!!






Vegetarian cuisine :

       The traditional Food is a popular pickle. Thail Piao, which means literally vegetables dumped with oil and onions and left to boil on the fire wood is quite popular. Karamb (Cucumber salad) and Foka (Lady’s finger combined with cashew nuts). The Appam (rice balls) and Panpole (a type of congee) are popular delicacies made of soaked rice, water and salt. The Thath Bakri is a banana leaf rice dish made with ground red boiled rice mixed with raw scraped coconut and roasted on a tava on a banana leaf.Pathrode is also one of the basic cuisine of mangalore, made from a local plant called as 'kesu'.It is little spicy but worth of eating. It is one of my favourite dish,especially the way my grand mom does.


Neer dosa

Banana leaf food.












            The well known ice cream parlour of mangalore is IDEAL ICE CREAM PARLOUR, its one of the best ice cream in town.I'm sure all mangalorean will agree to this. Today Ideal Ice Cream has three parlours in Mangalore city, one of which is the largest ice cream parlour in the country, and a restaurant and ice cream parlour in the Infosys office complex. Its retail network also stretches across coastal Karnataka, Kerala and Goa.
A ‘must visit’ place for anyone visiting Mangalore. Ideal Ice creams unique recipes now extend to 22 flavours and from them Ideal creates about 100 combinations – each with a distinctive and indulgent taste that makes it a truly outstanding experience.
To this day, Ideal Ice Cream remains committed to developing exceptional new super premium Ice Cream experiences, releasing new flavors every year.




Chocolate dad



  These are some of the best ice cream in ideals.. My all time favourite flavour is PARAFIT as it has lots of fruits and 3 ice cream. My mom tells that's the best way for me to eat fruits cause i don't eat fruits much.Something that i really miss here in Bangalore is the ice cream from IDEALS ICE CREAM PARLOUR.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Some of the religious places in Mangalore.



Aloysius chapel.

Interior of the chapel.

This church is situated just 1 km from the city bus stand, it is few steps from the Light House hill.
This church was built  way back in the year 1900. The main  attraction of this church is the beautiful paintings of an artist named Anthony Moshaini from Italy. It is a architectural gem of Mangalore and often compared to the Sistine Chapel in Rome. One should not miss the beautiful paintings brushed on every inch of the wall and ceiling of the church. Behind the church there is St. Aloysius Church.
The central row of paintings on the wall depicts the life of Aloysius Gonzaga to whom the college ad the Church is dedicated.The rest of the painting shows the birth and life of Jesus from the day he was born to his crucification. This is indeed a masterpiece painting.

When i asked my dad to describe this chapel he said only one word "Awesome", it made a complete justice to this beautiful chapel, my dad was an aloysian student he told that he used to visit this chapel everyday while he was a student there.


Milagres Church, South Canara (Portuguese: Igreja dos Milagres, English: Church of Our Lady of Miracles) was built in 1680 by Bishop Thomas De Castro, a Theatine priest of Salcette, Goa. The Church was then built at the site of the present cemetery. The 16th century marks an important event in the history of the community, as conversion to Christianity by Portuguese influence waned. The Christians had moved further south to Kanara but they lacked priestly leadership, as many of the priests returned to Goa when the Portuguese withdrew. In 1658, a Carmelite missionary visited the Kanara Christians and reported their plight to Rome.
This church is very close to my grandparents place in mangalore, i like to visit this church during Christmas time as it is filled with vibrant colours and especially the crib made by them is just amazing,its a must visit when visiting mangalore.



This church dedicated to Infant Jesus of Prague, was built in 1996 in the form of a crown. The church is situated on Carmel hill at Bikarnakatta, Mangalore-Karkala road, 4 Kms. from the city centre. Thousands of pilgrims, from all over India, irrespective of their caste, come to this church and pray for all their needs.Devotion to Infant Jesus was originally started by the Discalced Carmelites in the city of Prague of Czech republic in the year 1628. In 1956, the Belgian Carmelites who were working in Mangalore, brought a beautiful statue of Infant Jesus from the U.S. and began this devotion. This statue is the focus of devotion for all pilgrims.
                      These are the beautiful places to be visited, i visit these place when ever i go to mangalore. I like the Infant Jesus Shrine as it is very beautiful and it has a calm surrounding.


                                    The Mangaladevi Temple (in full: Mahatobhara Shree MangalaDevi Temple) is a Hindu temple at Bolara in the city of Mangalore, India, situated about three km southwest of the city centre.The name Mangalore is derived from Goddess Mangaladevi, the main deity of the temple. The name Mangalore is the Anglicised version, since in Kannada it is called Mangalooru. It translates as Mangala-Ooru or Mangala's town.

The Gokarnatah Temple is about 2 Kms from the city centre, this temple is the house of Lord Gokarnatha. This temple has a very short past, founded by the Billawa Community of Mangalore this temple belongs to era of modern architecture. The original temple structure was in Kerala style, which was replaced, by Chola style during recent renovation in 1991. The main deity of the temple is Lord Sri Gokarnanatha (another form of Lord Shiva). Navarathri Utsava (Dasara festival) is very famous and is one of the main tourist events in this temple. A grand procession of Goddess Durga takes place during this festival, which attracts many tourists and devotees from distance corners of the state and is very admired like Mysore Dasara.
This is one of the beautiful temples in mangalore.

The Kadri Manjunatha Temple located in Mangalore in the state of Karnataka, India, dates back to approximately 1068 The square temple built with nine water tanks, nestles at the foot of the highest hill at Kadri in Mangalore.The chief deity of this temple is Manjunatha there is a shiv ling on him there is also a ( thri Lokeshwara statue made of bronze. The temple is a neat middle sized structure with a pyramid-shaped roof. The temple, as the inscription indicates, may have been built in the 10th or 11th century, as evidenced by the installation of the Lokeshwara statue in the 968. The Balipitha in front of the temple also gives us an almost definite period going back to 10th century. Within the temple premises to the west is the temple of Goddess Durga, and to the north the temple of Lord Ganesha.


The Ullal darga famous for Uroos fair has an interesting history behind its presence. Located about 10 kms from the heart of the city the darga is easily accessible by buses, auto-rickshaws ans taxis.
The Dargah to commemorate Saint Sayyid Mohammed Shareeful Madani, located in Ullal in South Kanara, has been drawing pilgrims from all faiths. Legend has it that about 400 years ago, Sayyid Muhammed Shareeful Madani came to Mangalore from Saudi Arabia, reaching the shores of Ullal by floating on a piece of cloth.He became famous among the villagers because of his kindness and his treatment of the sick through prayers. Many miracles have been credited to this saint and to this day, people from all communities come to Ullal mosque to seek his blessings.


Thursday, 17 March 2011

Well known Beaches

"Tannirbavi Beach"

              One of the beaches in mangalore is the TANNIRBAVI Beach which is known for its beauty and imposing view of the setting sun and its one of the best beach of Daksina Kannada .It is located at a distance of 12 Km from Mangalore... 
Another well known beach of mangalore is the SURATKAL Beach, this beach is known for its claen surroundings and a beautiful lighthouse. It is a ideal picnic spot with a clean and a calm atmosphere..the view of the sunset from this beach is awesome...

Light house in Suratkal .

Sun set at the tannirbavi.

Suratkal beach known for its beauty and the cool breeze and the soft sand.

Sunset at Suratkal beach.

"My experience going to beaches were really wonderful and fun filled. Every Sunday my family and friends would go to the beach and have fun. We used to spend hours together playing in the beach,my grandparents would also join us that was a moment of fun and laughter.My cousins and I used to enjoy  watching the fisherman catch the fishes and then my aunt, and my mom used to go and buy fishes!! It was all a moment of fun,entertainment,joy, and happiness. Now its only a matter to think about the past and enjoy and cherish the old memories..."


                   Mangalore is the chief port city of the Indian state of Karnataka. Mangalore lies between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghat mountain ranges. Mangalore derives its name from the local Hindu Goddess Mangaladevi. It developed as a port on the Arabian Sea – remaining, to this day, a major port of India. Lying on the backwaters of the Netravati and Gurupura rivers, Mangalore is often used as a staging point for sea traffic along the Malabar Coast. The city has a tropical climate and lies in the path of the Arabian Sea branch of the South-West monsoons. Mangalore's port handles 75% of India's coffee exports and the bulk of the nation's cashew exports.Mangalore was ruled by several major powers, including the Kadambas, Vijayanagar dynasty, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Hoysalas, and the Portuguese. The city was a source of contention between the British and the Mysore rulers, Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan. Eventually annexed by the British in 1799.Mangalore is demographically diverse with several languages, including Tulu, Konkani, Kannada and beary Mangalore was placed as the 8th cleanest city in the country. In Karnataka, it is second after Mysore.