How to Make the Most Authentic Coorg Pandi Curry

Coorg Curries are in a league of their own. Be it Koli curry or Pandi curry, the flavourful, rich, and spicy dishes are perfect for a filling meal. And now that winter is almost at the door, nothing can be better than the melt-in-your mouth, steaming chunks of meat with sudden bursts of tamarind and pepper! Pair the easy Coorg Curry up with kadambuttu, akki roti, or neer dosa, and wash them down with some Coorg wine!

Let’s save Koli curry for another time, and get on with this authentic version of the mouthwatering Coorg Pandi Curry!

What will you need?

Pork – ½ kg (preferably cut into cubes)

Pork stock – ½ cup

Curry leaves – 10 to 15

Red Chili Powder – 1 tsp

Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp

Oil – 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Lime to taste

Kachampuli – ½ tbsp

For spice powder

Coriander seeds – 2 tbsp

Cassia bark/ cinnamon – 1 inch

Cloves – 6

Peppercorns – 10 to 15

Cumin seeds – 2 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Fenugreek seeds – 10

Curry leaves – 10 to 15

Cardamom – 4

For spice paste

Onions – 250 gms

Finely chopped garlic cloves – 150 gms

Finely chopped ginger – 50 gms

Finely chopped green chillies (deseeded) – 3 or 4

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Water – 1 cup

Oil – ½ tsp

Coriander leaves – ¼ bunch

 

 

Method:

For the spice powder

Heat a pan at low flame. Add the ingredients to it and roast them until they become brown. Grind the mixture into a fine powder.

For the spice paste

Heat a pan at low flame. Add the ingredients, except coriander leaves and oil. Keep stirring until the onions turn golden brown. Add the coriander leaves and oil. Mix well. Take it off the heat and grind them.

For Pandi Curry

Wash the pork chunks well and drain the water. Marinate the pork with chilli powder, Kachampuli, and turmeric powder for an hour. Heat some oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and curry leaves. One they start sizzling, add the spice paste and mix well. Add water, pork stock, spice powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder. Fry them together. Once fried, add the marinated pork, Kachampuli, salt, and lime. Make sure the meat is covered in the mixture. Stir thoroughly. Add water, if required. Cover the pan and cook until the meat becomes tender. Once cooked, add coriander leaves and curry leaves for garnishing. Serve with akki roti, kadambattu, neer dosa, rice, or any Indian bread.

If you try this recipe, let us know how it was! Drop a comment below!

Thinking of where to get the original Coorg flavours? If you wish to make the most of your vacation in Coorg, Danta Resort is here to help! Our location is perfect for sightseeing and gorging on some traditional Coorg cuisine. For more details, reach out to us at dantaresortcoorg@gmail.com or connect with us on social media!


Day 1: Friday

Our Recommendations For A Perfect Weekend In Coorg

Enveloped by thick drapes of green, Coorg is the ideal spot for a quick weekend getaway. The pleasant weather, mist-covered landscapes, and numerous tourist spots it has to offer are perfect to beat the Monday blues. Add to it the delicious Coorg cuisine, and you’re all set for the weekend!

So, how should you plan your trip to ensure that you make the best of it? Which places should you visit? Which ones can you skip? To lessen your worries, we have curated a short but informative guide, and we do hope it helps!

Upon your arrival in Coorg, we would like to recommend indulging in a serene activity while gearing up for a new adventure for the next day! A visit to the Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery or Raja’s Seat is perfect for a half-day trip! If you are longing to spend some time amidst nature, watch the sunset at Harangi Dam while the cool air helps you unwind after the long week! You can also pay a short visit to the beautiful coffee plantations in Coorg that make up an important part of the destination. For dinner, our recommendations include some mouthwatering Koli curry or Panda curry with Kadambattu. If you are not a big fan of coconut, go for the latter! Wash it down with some delicious local Coorg wine.



Day 2: Saturday

Rise and shine! Tickle your tastebuds with some delicious Akki Roti with Ellu Pajji and wake up to the aroma of some local coffee before gearing up for an adventure-filled day! Coorg has a plethora of adrenaline-inducing activities that you just cannot miss! Our top five recommendations for the same are:

Microlight Flying: Enjoy flying high as you take in the picturesque view of Coorg from a height of 5000 meters!

River Rafting: The rapids and currents of the Barapole River are ideal for an exciting round of river rafting!

Quad Biking: Ride through the peaks in Coorg as the quad bike takes you through the lush greenery of this hill station.

Sunset Jeep Drive: If you are not one to enjoy activities that require physical exertion, this 5-hour long drive amidst Mandalpatti is perfect! Encompassing misty hills and sprawling grasslands, the fascinating view of the panorama looks enchanting during sunset.

Trekking: Trekking in Coorg through Brahmagiri is one of the best ways to spend your day. From little streams to large flowers, make sure to look for the hidden treasures on the way!

Our recommendations for lunch are some scrumptious Paputtu and Bamboo shoot curry!



Day 3: Sunday

After a day full of excitement, we are sure you will love to spend some time in peace! So our recommendation for today is a visit to the falls in Coorg. Set out and pay a visit to one of the popular spots in Coorg – the Abbey Falls, or explore the offbeat Chelavara Falls. After that, you can spend some time with the majestic elephants in Coorg at Cauvery Nisargadhama or the Nagarhole National Park.

If you are fond of cultural tourism, you can visit Chettalli, a quaint village in Madikeri. One of the famous attractions here is the Cherala Bhagavathy Temple. With the day coming to an end, we have Monday waiting to roll out, thus putting an end to the getaway. Until next time!

While you are here, Danta Resort is always open to assist you! Our location is perfect for sightseeing and indulging in the various activities listed above! Our restaurant specializes in delicious Coorg cuisine, and we are always at your service! For more details, reach out to us at dantaresortcoorg@gmail.com or connect with us on social media!/p>

 



Chelavara Falls

Top Five Places to Visit Around Coorg That You Didn't Know Of

The picturesque beauty of Coorg is not unheard of and is one of the top places to visit in India. Rightly called the Scotland of India, this place is home to gurgling streams, cascading waterfalls, lush valleys, and towering mountains. Be it a hot evening in May, or a chilly morning in December, Coorg is always ready to welcome you with a breath of fresh air! Wondering what to see and do in Coorg? For those who wish to discover some hidden gems instead of following the trodden path, we have compiled a list of five lesser-known places around Coorg. Let’s read on, shall we?

Chelavara Falls is one of the most serene destinations around Coorg. Falling from a height of 150 meters, the majestic water body is surrounded by tortoise-shaped rocks, which only enhance its scenic beauty. Since it is less touristy, Chelavara Falls is an amazing spot for a quiet picnic or some alone time amidst nature. Monsoons are the best time to witness this place in all its glory. However, it is important to stay safe, since the area around the waterfall often becomes slippery.



Honnamana Kere

One might think that the biggest natural lake in Coorg would receive tourists all year round, but fortunately, it remains the perfect place for a peaceful couple of hours most of the time. Named after the goddess Honnamana, the lake has a temple nearby. The pristine surroundings encompassing the lake are perfect for unwinding after a long day.


 

Harangi Backwaters

About 36 kilometers from Madikeri is a place straight out of a fairytale. Harangi Backwaters is a piece of paradise for nature lovers and photographers. Flowing at the foot of the Western Ghats, it is a perfect spot for taking a deep breath in and relaxing as you leave your worries behind!

 


Nalknad Palace

A place of utmost historical importance, Nalknad Palace quietly sits at the foot of the majestic Tadiandamol Peak. This is where the former Haleri kings used to hide from enemy attacks. The intricate interior decorations are masked by a humble façade, and the enchanting scenery surrounding it only enhances the beauty of this palace, thus making it a perfect spot off the beaten tracks.



Chikli Hole

Nestled in between Kushalnagar and Madikeri, Chikli Hole is a calm, secluded reservoir peppered with vibrant flowers and vibrant greenery. The dense forests set against the open spaces make for picturesque scenery, and the soft sounds of the tiny waves coupled with the rustling of leaves ring like music in our ears. A truly offbeat destination, Chikli Hole is also great for birdwatching, and can be included in a weekend getaway plan.




Thinking of where to stay in Coorg? If you wish to make the most of your vacation in Coorg, Danta Resort is here to help! Our location is perfect for sightseeing and discovering the unexplored treasures as well as popular spots. For more details, reach out to us at enquiry@dantaresort.com or connect with us on social media!


Picking a place to travel is easier now. Because you can whittle your list down to places that are safest to travel! Check government sites and the news to rule out destinations or shortlist potential ones.

5 Practical Tips for Traveling Safely During the Pandemic

Missing the serenity of mountains? The calm whispers of the sea by a beach? It’s the beginning of the festival season in India. Every year, this is the time when schools are closed, there’s a lull in the workplace, and it’s the peak season for travel.

But everything changed this year with the pandemic impacting normal working, shopping, and other lifestyle patterns. Travel has been the most affected, and there is, perhaps, not a single person out there who doesn’t long to ‘go somewhere for a change.'

Now you can. Travel is slowly getting back to its feet, but it’s important to continue taking precautions to keep yourself and the people around you safe. What will travel look like this year?

Here are five practical tips to keep in mind when planning your next weekend getaway or short vacation.

Look out for deals

The pandemic has come down hard on travel and tourism, and businesses are struggling to get back on their feet. Part of that process includes offering massive deals and discounts to entice travelers back and get the party going. Look out for the best ones out there, cash in on your loyalty programs, and make sure to choose properties that sweeten the whole package with special offers.

Picking a place to travel is easier now. Because you can whittle your list down to places that are safest to travel! Check government sites and the news to rule out destinations or shortlist potential ones.

Get travel insurance

Trip booked? Now it’s time to get insurance. It’s imperative that you are covered for COVID, especially when you travel to other States. There are lots of companies offering COVID-19 insurance covers out there. Pick the one that suits your travel plan the best and offers the most flexibility.

Pack smart, pack safe

Pack light is our motto, always. But needless to say, your light pack must contain the essentials - mask, hand sanitizer, and gloves if need be. If you are using public transport, make sure to wash your hands, sanitize yourself, and wear your mask every time you are with other people.

And also stay safe

Spend some time sorting through your stay options. You would want to choose a property that meticulously follows a hygiene protocol and sanitizes all spaces frequently. Try and pick a property that is situated slightly away from the most touristy spots but is also accessible to the places you want to visit. This will let you take small excursions during the day to limit your exposure. You could also come back to the property to avoid using public restrooms.

Follow these top tips to make your trip both enjoyable and safe! Do you have some of your own to share? Head on over to our social media and tell you.

Danta Resorts prioritizes our guests’ safety over everything else. Come on over, and you can be assured of a safe yet memorable experience with us!