(Last Updated on : 21/03/2017)
Andhra Pradesh Cuisine 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, where exotic food is being prepared in the kitchen of the Nawabs since the year of its origin. The Andhra cuisine comprises of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The most enchanting factor of the cuisine of Andhra Pradesh
is the amalgamation of the delicious Southern and genteel Deccan style of cooking.
Features of Andhra Pradesh Cuisine
Staple food of the people is rice. Food of Andhra Pradesh is known for its heavy use of spices
and chillies. Its huge assortment of spicy pickles
are a rage all over the country. Curd
is also a part of the meal in the Andhra Pradesh as it helps to neutralise the spicy nature of the food.
The Trump card of Andhra Pradesh food culture is its world famous Hyderabadi Cuisine. This has a strong influence of the Mughlai food. It is said that the royal Hyderabadi cuisine is prepared by meticulous nurturing of Mughlai flavours with the blend of spices. The end dish is rich in aroma and taste.
Various Delicacies of Andhra Pradesh Cuisine
Andhra food is served with rice. Rice
and other lentil preparations, and steamed vegetables
delicately flavoured with coconut, spices and fresh herbs
or tiffin time is made of many preparations like Onion Pakodas
or savoury lentil doughnuts dunked in steaming hot sambar; and steamed rice muffin like dumplings called Idlis. Savouries are Murukku
, roundels of rice flour paste deep-fried; and Appadams. Desserts include Payasam
; a pudding made with rice and milk
and the popular Sheer Khurma; a Hyderabadi delicacy with dry fruits and dates.
Hyderabadi Cuisine of Andhra Pradesh
The Hyderabadi cuisine is an amalgamation of Mughal
techniques with the vibrant spices and ingredients of the predominantly local Hindu
people. Its tastes range from sour and sweet, hot and salty and studded with dry fruits and nuts. One of Indias finest foods, the Biryani and Baghare Baingan are the jewels of Hyderabadi cooking.
Among the leavened, oven-baked breads are Kulcha, a square product often marked with two cross lines and Sheermal. Qabooli is a khichdi
of rice and Kabuli chana.
Haleem is one of the most popular dishes of Hyderabad
Sweets of Andhra Pradesh
Even though Andhra food is known to be spicy, yet the sweets of this region are equally wonderful. Sweet dishes of Andhra Pradesh are famous far and wide. All these dishes have distinct textures and tastes. Gajar ka Halwa
, Shahi Tukre
, Sheer Korma, Bandhar Ladoo, Bobbatlu and Putharekulu are few such sweet delicacies that are made in pure desi ghee