Bahuroopi: A visual, gastronomical delight

Six-member team prepares about 2,500 rottis everyday

While theatre buffs are eagerly waiting to be treated with plays of different genres and languages at Bahuroopi-2016, a national theatre festival, foodies are heading towards the food festival, to be treated with North Karnataka cuisines.

‘Kala Darshini,’ situated on the premises, is drawing huge crowds, catering to the taste buds of the visitors even before the actual festival was inaugurated, once again symbolically proving that it is going to be a hit, this year too.

Mouth-watering dishes
North Karnataka delicacies like jolada rotti, with side dishes ‘enegayi gojjuu’, ‘kempu chutney’, ‘shenga chutney’, ‘uchchellu chutney’ and ‘mosuru’; special mandakki puri, special mirji, special godhi payasa are the crowd pullers.

While artistes are rehearsing hard to entertain theatre lovers, a team of women from Hubballi, headed by Savamma, are drawing people with much ease with their mouth-watering delicacies.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Savamma, said a six-member team, including her, are preparing rottis, during the seven-day theatre festival.

The 70-year-old Savamma said, they prepare around 2,500 rottis everyday, which are sold like hot cakes. Theybegin their work around 11 am and continue up to 11 pm.


They are also in-charge of preparing side dishes that are served along with the rotti, said a member of the team, while her hands were busy flattening the dough into rottis. Savamma said, the team can prepare around 5,000 rottis from 70 kg jowar flour everyday.

Though this is the 13th edition of Bahuroopi, Savamma claims to have been visiting Rangayana since 15 years, of course for making rottis. She recalled that she visited Chamundi Hill and Amba Vilas Palace some six years ago. They have plans to visit the shrine, and if possible have a glimpse of the new ‘Maharaja’, Savamma adds with innocence.

The team is also busy throughout the year, taking orders and also cooking for functions, in Hubballi.

All kinds of dosas
Besides North Karnataka dishes, all kinds of dosa, including Davangere benne dosa, soppina bajji, all varieties of vadas — masala vada, mangaluru vada, Maddur vada — and pakoras are available. While jolada rotti (two pieces) is priced at Rs 50, dosas are sold at Rs 30, and is available from 1 pm to 10 pm, said Chandru, who has bagged the contract this year.

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