Andhra Pradesh is known for its spicy food all around the country.The inspiration behind such delicious variations of food lies in the opulent culture of the state,The Andhra cuisine comprises of both mouth-watering vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.The famous dishes include delectable rice and some tangy pickles and chutneys.Here we bring to you, a variety of delicious dishes, you must eat at least once when you visit this state.
Pulihora (Tamarind rice), a traditional favorite among South Indians, an unassuming tangy rice dish speckled with spices, roasted peanuts and aromatic curry leaves. The aroma of Pulihora preparation is enticing that brings nostalgic memories of my grandmother’s kitchen. Isn’t there something about smells and tastes that trigger our moods and take us down memory lane?. Pulihora finds its place in kitchens often during festivities and special gatherings. Try the authentic tamarind rice to get a taste of real Andhra cuisine.
Pesarattu is prepared often for breakfasts in Andhra and regions nearby. The yummy dosa made with green moong dal is a zesty Dosa variant, loved by everyone in the state. The moong dal Dosa is served commonly with coconut chutney or chilli-tomato chutney. Visit one of the authentic Andhra food corners to get a taste of the native Pesarattu flavour.
If you love the tangy taste of every pickle then you must try this fiery spicy pickle made with Gongura leaves, otherwise known as Sorrel leaves. This tasty pickle-chutney hybrid is widely prepared in Andhra. Well-blended with a variety of spices, this special Andhra dish can be served with flavoured rice or a pair of hot chapatis.
The popular South Indian recipe has been the favourite in kitchens of Andhra Pradesh, the delicious doughnut-like savoury is prepared widely during all festivals and celebrations. The main ingredient is the Urad Dal, and hence the name. Try this tasty Indianized version of doughnut during the festivities at every home in Andhra Pradesh.
Who isn’t fond of a crunchy crispy snack during rainy evenings? Next time when you crave for a delicious snack to eat with your cup of coffee, try the popular yet simple Andhra snack, Punugulu. Prepared with dosa batter and deep fried till golden brown, the mouth-watering snack is served with coconut ginger chutney for a perfect lip-smacking taste.
A variety of fish curry, popularly known as Chepa Pulusu in the state of Andhra is a hot piquant dish with fish tossed in tamarind sauce and assorted with spicy flavourings and tamarind juice to give it a die-for taste. Prepared using a generous amount of oil and spicy herbs, this fish curry leaves you wanting for even more. The traditional fish gravy can be found in any restaurant serving Andhra cuisine.
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Prepared by using stuffed Brinjal, this curry is a special Andhra dish cooked in every house in Andhra Pradesh. The tender brinjals are stuffed with roasted spicy herbs and seasonings to give to a perfect delicious taste. The curry is thick and gives a fresh smell of tamarind and mustard seeds, that will lure you from even a distance. It can be served with aromatic rice or ghee Rotis.
No Andhra meal is complete without a serving of the light yet yummy curd rice! Widely popular in Andhra Pradesh as well as in other south indian states, curd rice is loved by anyone who gets the taste of it. It can be easily prepared at homes by using a simple recipe with unsweetened curd, rice, and assorted vegetables. To give it a fine taste, it is often blended with ginger, chopped green chillies and curry leaves. The best part of curd rice that gives it a tangy salty taste is the Tadka seasoned using cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and urad dal. It is also extremely digestible and carries plenty of health benefits.
If you think the Andhra cuisine is all about tangy spices and fiery chillies, then you couldn’t have been more wrong! They also have delicious items for those with a sweet tooth. Bobbatlu, also known as Puran Poli, is an all time favourite classic sweet dish prepared commonly in Andhra Pradesh. It is considered to be very pious and is extensively prepared during important festivals and celebrations.The outer layer is prepared with wheat flour or refined flour and the inside stuffing is made with lentils and jaggery giving it a delicate and inviting taste.