CULINARY ADVENTURE WITH CHEF JOLLY #NH48 PART 6 COORG


 Our final stop was coorg. We boarded our cabs around 5 am in Mangalore and headed towards coorg...


Kodagu (Coorg) Lies on the Western Ghats of southwestern Karnataka. The district is bordered by Dakshina Kannada district to the northwest,Kasargod district to the west, Hassan district to the north, Mysore district to the east, Kannur district of Kerala to the southwest, and the Wayanad district of Kerala to the south. 

Agriculture is the most important factor that upholds the economy of Kodagu and the main crops cultivated in this region are rice, coffee and spices. 

Kodagu is known for its coffee and Pandi curry (pork curry). The  indigenous community in coorg are Kodavas and other ethnic groups (Arabasha and Kodava subgroups).

The chief languages presently spoken in Kodagu are Kodava, Kannada, Kasaragod Malayalam, Yerava, Kuruba, Konkani, Urdu, Tulu and English. 


The drive to coorg was amazing surrounded by greenery and scenic views. We spotted a highway hotel and had to stop there for breakfast. 

The highway hotel was started by a chef from Kasaragod. Chef Syed had worked for Intercontinental for almost 12 years. He chose a simple life and wanted to be with family...with his brothers and family support they started a small restaurant on highway and also named it as highway which serves home style food for travelers.

We enjoyed our breakfast they served us sanna's, parotta, chicken curry, neer dosa and kalathappam with chutney. We also had wonderful coffee from this region.

Sanna...

Neer Dosa...

Kalathappam...

My Plate...

Coffee...


 We were back on the road and reached coorg around 10 am. At coorg chef's wanted to cook and have an authentic home cooked meal Chef Jolly took us to his very close acquaintance house here we met Mr and Mrs.Ponnappa.

The Ponnappa's were such a sweet family however they did not want any of their pics to be published on social media I've maintained the promise and not posted their pics here...






Ponnappa's are well traveled folks and truly love collecting a lot of art their entire house was decorated with art and antiques which they've collected over the years. Chef Jolly and team wanted to cook some authentic coorgi dishes all of us headed to the market to purchase some produce for our cookout...

Glimpse of Ponnappas's House...


Ponnappa's Suggested we should purchase all the spices from food banq while the chefs were busy with their purchase...I did some shopping too...

I purchased some chocolates, kachampulli, dried birds-eye chilly and star-anise from this shop...


After shopping we reached home,  chef's got busy cooking. The family and chefs  were so busy cooking in the kitchen. I managed to get some food pics with out disturbing the chefs. 

While the team was cooking up a storm myself and my fellow blogger strolled around the property and clicked some pics...


Once we returned the family and chefs had a feast ready for us...They cooked some Akki otti which are rice rotti, Kumbala curry which is pumpkin curry, Pork vindaloo, Kadamputtus  which are rice dumplings, Chicken fry and Ghee rice...

Kumbala Curry...

Akki Otti...

Kozhi Fry...

Kadamputtus...

Ghee Rice...

Pork Vindaloo...

Beer


My Plate...

Coffee...


We thoroughly enjoyed home cooked meal. It was nearing 3 pm we had to get back to Bangalore before midnight we boarded our car and headed back to Bangalore. 

Here is my recipe for Rice Dumplings...

Coorgi Chicken Curry Recipe...

Life is so different in Mangalore, Udupi and Coorg. Our trip was slowly coming to an end I was sad and excited at the same time. People were so friendly with us they have also maintained their environment so well be it Hassan, Udupi, Mangalore or Coorg where ever we visited it was clean garbage free. 

This Culinary Journey taught me a lot...I saw and learnt  many things from a chefs point of view, I must thank JW Marriott Team and Chef Jolly for the wonderful opportunity.

Few clicks taken around Ponnapp's Property.







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