Friday, April 29, 2016

Best of Mangalore Part 8: The Kori Rotti experience

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” – James Michener


Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life. To travel is to discover every little thing about the place you visit. And if, while there, the food is not sampled and enjoyed, it is a great loss towards a true understanding and appreciation of the land.

My food trail is the most important part of every travel. So ever since I learnt about the Kori Rotti, I knew I had to eat the authentic Bunts Cuisine. Bunts Cuisine is one of Mangalore's sub cuisines and is considered one of the most desirable and delicious in the country.

'Kori Rotti' is a combo dish. Its a spicy chicken curry eaten with flat, crispy and wafer thin rice crepes. Traditionally the rice wafers were made at home, but now they are available in the market at a very affordable price.

It was not until recently that I developed this fascination towards Kori Rotti. It looked great to me and I knew it's something I want to try ever since I got to know about it. So it began with pestering Varsh to take me for Kori Rotti. She said we can ask mom to make it at home, but I was determined to have it right then. So finally we went to Shetty's Kori Rotti at PVS, Mangalore.

It is a dingy little restaurant that serves a lot of traditional Mangalorean food and local seafood preparations besides other things. Shetty's Kori Rotti is located at Ground Floor, Ibrose Commercial Complex, Opposite Hotel Deepa Comforts, MG Road, Kodailbail, Mangalore.  It is only open during lunch (11.30 AM to 3 PM) and dinner (6.30 PM to 11 PM), and we were the first customers for the evening since we entered exactly at 6.30 PM. 

Undoubtedly, we ordered the Kori Rotti. A large plate of crispy wafers was served with a bowl of Red Chicken Curry. The Chicken Curry I was told is made of loads of spices and red chillies, hence the colour.

What makes the Kori Rotti experience very special is the style of eating. When it was first served, I assumed we dip the wafers in the curry and have it, since there was ample amount of curry. But what surprised me was Varsh picking up and emptying the bowl of curry on the wafers.

When she saw my stunned expression, she explained that that's how it is to be eaten. The wafers which are hard gets softened and the curry flavour sinks in it giving it a delicious flavour and texture. As soon as the curry sunk in, we dug our fingers in it and emptied the plate of Kori Rotti, thus satisfying my Kori Rotti craving!

This is something I would recommend for someone who loves food and believes that trying the authentic cuisine of a place is an integral part of exploring the place. 

This post is as part of my Best of Mangalore series. Check out the previous and next posts to read more about Mangalore.







Text and Photographs: FLEXCIA D'SOUZA  || Travel and Food Blogger
Shetty's Kori Roti Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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