Culinary Paradise: Foods To Try In Mysore To Get A Taste Of The Best

Mysore is famed for being a foodie’s delight in a country that is already popular for its food. We bring you Mysore’s best food that you must taste to fully experience this food heaven.

Published On Oct 09, 2023 | Updated On Mar 08, 2024

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Mysore, known for its rich heritage and history, is also renowned as a haven for food enthusiasts. Reflecting India's diverse culinary landscape, the city offers a delightful array of mouthwatering dishes. From dishes with royal origins to local favourites that have stood the test of time, Mysore promises a culinary journey filled with lasting impressions.
The city's food offerings are not only delicious but also budget-friendly, enhancing the experience for travellers seeking new flavours. Mysore's food culture is deeply ingrained, with legendary dishes that have been cherished by locals for generations. The tradition of serving coffee 'by two' remains a beloved practice in the city.
While international cuisines are available, it's evident that traditional meals continue to dominate as the preferred choice among the locals. Let's look at some of Mysore's beloved and legendary dishes for you to experience during your visit.

Mysore’s most popular food dishes to try when in the city

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No list of Mysore’s famous foods can start without Mysore pak. This sweet is probably one of the first food items that pops up in people’s minds when they think of Mysore. This sweet dish will have you hooked right from the first bite and will soon become one of your favourite sweets as well. Said to have been an invention of the royal kitchen and served only to the royal family back in time, this sweet has now found its way into every corner of Mysore, and rightly so.

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Kesari bath, a semolina-based sweet dish, is another top favourite sweet of the locals. Usually served with or as breakfast, this sweet concoction will truly leave you licking your fingers, all thanks to its warm and comforting taste.

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Speaking of Mysore and popular food that people love to eat at almost any given time, Bisi bele bath is another famous food in Mysore. Said to have originated in the kitchens of the royal palace of Mysore, this people-favourite dish is a treat for all spice and rice lovers and can include up to thirty ingredients at a time, making it an explosion of flavours in every bite.

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Mysore masala dosa has not only been one of the most loved dishes of the locals in Mysore but of people all over the country. It is not wrong to assume that Mysore masala dosa might be one of the most popular gifts of Mysore to the country, it is only fitting to try the authentic version when in Mysore. Often also known as the Mylari dosa locally, it is believed to have been first made by an old eatery in Mysore called Hotel Original Vinayaka Mylari. Still functional, dosa at this iconic shop in Mysore is sure to delight you.

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Mallige idli is also known as the Mysore idli popularly. Mallige idli, named after the flower Jasmine, is distinguishable from other idli variants. Where the more common idli is smaller in size, the mallige idli is bigger. They are also known to be much more soft and bright in colour, due to different ingredients, making for a different but equally delicious taste.

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Bonda, a deep-fried potato and spice ball, is a popular snack found in various forms across India. This renowned snack typically served with tea or coffee, features hot and flavorful bonda paired with chutney to enhance its taste. It quickly becomes a favourite snack for those who try it, showcasing the irresistible taste of its aromatic and flavorful goodness.

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Kori gassi, a chicken-based curry, finds its roots in the region of Mangalore. Despite hailing from another place, Kori Gassi has today become one of Mysore’s very own. The chicken-based dish, with flavours of coconut along with the magic of spices, is usually served with rice. A treat for anyone who loves a punch of flavours in their food, kori gassi is something that you must eat when in Mysore.

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Filter coffee, known as filter kaapi, is an essential beverage in Mysore's culinary tradition. This coffee culture, including specific preparation methods, is deeply ingrained in the local way of life, extending beyond mere food preferences. The iconic 'by two' method, widely embraced by the people of Mysore, is a hallmark of their coffee ritual. Locals insist that coffee must meet specific criteria to be considered good, including the right roast level, frothiness, and aroma. This emphasis on the perfect cup of coffee reflects its integral role in the city's culture.


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