Continuing my pursuit to inspire you all in knowing more about the cuisine of Andhra Pradesh, now we shall get into the insights of the popular foods in the Telangana & Hyderabad region and look at some telangana recipes.
Telangana is located in the western region of Andhra Pradesh and is influenced by the Persian and Afghan cuisines. As way long in history, Telangana was under the regime of the Muslim Kings. The Telangana & Hyderabadi has a robust cuisine that widely uses the produce of this plateau that includes corn, peanuts, tamarind, mango and sugarcane and high consumption of meats so telangana recipes in telugu speaking state are very popular. Tamarind and mango is extensively used in these cuisines as it adds that tartness and tang to the dishes.
Hyderabadi cuisine is also popularly known as Deccani cuisine as it is influenced from the princely legacy of the Nizams and is an amalgamation of Mughlai, Turkish, Arabic, native influence of Telugu and Marathwada cuisines. This cuisine comprises a broad repertoire of rice, wheat and meat dishes and exceptional skill in using various spices, herbs and natural edibles. It also emphasises the use of ingredients that are carefully chosen and cooked to the right degree and time. Coconut, tamarind, peanuts and sesame seeds are the key flavourings and are extensively used in many dishes.
Hyderabadi cuisine is a predominant part of the Andhra Pradesh food and the hallmark of Hyderabad cuisine is the slow cooking method. The most popular authentic dish of Hyderabad is the Biryani which is a rich-meat and rice dish accompanied by mirch ka salan or Baghare baigan is also known as the jewels of Hyderabadi foods. The Hyderabadi cuisine is the amalgamation of Muslim techniques and meats cooked with the vibrant spices and ingredients. It is the ultimate in fine dining and bliss to the palate. It’s tastes ranges from spicy, sour to sweet, the hot and the salty and are graciously ornamented with lots of dry fruits and nuts. There are a lot of variety in biryanis, kababs, keema and desserts. Kheer and sevayin are very famous which are specially made during the month of ramadaan.
The popular dishes of the Telangana regions are Jonna Roti (Flatbread made with sorghum), Dibba roti, Sajja Roti, Uppudi pindi etc. Other popular dishes are kakaraya pulusu, kodi kura, guddu pulusu, sakinalu (a traditional snack usually prepared during Sankranti festival made of rice flour and sesame seeds, liver fry, ulavacharu, patchi pulusu.
Popular, most delicious, mouth-watering and classic dishes from the cuisine of Hyderabad are Hyderabadi mutton biryani, Dalcha, Murgh ka korma, Boti kebab, etc. Haleem is one of the most traditional delicacy cooked mainly during the Ramadaan season. It is very high in protein and is a nutritious dish. Sweet delicacies like Shahi Tukre, Gajar ka halwa, Seviyan ka zarda etc are few of the popular sumptuous delicacies of the Hyderabadi cuisine.
Looking ahead for some of the very scrumptious, luscious and exotic popular Telangana and Hyderabadi dishes are:
Sarva Pindi (Spicy rice flour pancake) is a savory pancake made of rice flour, channa dal (lentil) and spices to make it a delicious and healthy dish. Sarva Pindi pancake is one of the ethnic dishes from the Telangana cuisine. Telangana cuisine was once the so called underrated rustic, spicy, pungent cuisine and is now getting the recognition it truly deserves. telangana recipes vegetarian
Chicken biryani This is kind of Biryani which is cooked in Dum Method of Cooking where the chicken pieces are separately marinated in masalas, rice half-cooked separately and then both are placed in the biryani handi and cooked until done.chicken curry in telangana style
Hyderabadi Haleem – Home made is one of the most popular dishes available all over the streets, food stalls, restaurants etc. in the city of Hyderabad during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Hyderabadi Haleem is a type of stew consists of meat, lentils and pounded wheat which is cooked on slow heat for long hours to make a thick porridge like paste. This is served with ghee, browned onions, dash of lime juice and garnished with coriander leaves. telangana mutton curry recipe
Hyderabadi Khichadi -khatta-kheema is a very traditional meal in Hyderabadi cuisine, made with rice and masoor (red) dal, added with some aromatic spices to make an easily digestible and filling dish.
Dum Ka Murgh Dum ka murgh is a speciality Hyderabadi dish, chicken marinated with spices and yogurt for minimum 3 to 4 hours and cooked in a Hyderabadi dum process.
Chinta chiguru mamsam –telangana food recipes -mutton with tender tamarind leaves Chinta chiguru mamsam, a classic dish from the Andhra cuisine, meat cooked with tender tamarind leaves. It has a unique taste and freshness in the dish.
Chicken Bhuna Masala is a basic simple masala made with red chillies, garam masala and garlic that is used for flavouring different types of meat and vegetables curries. Bhuna literally means sautéing or browning, hence the spices are firstly nicely roasted and ground to make a classic spice powder. ”Bhuna” is also a technique of searing the meat first with the spice mix and cooking the seared meat in low flame for few hours.
Stew, Gravies & Curries:
Lauki Katti Dal is a very simple lentil preparation slightly tangy; bottle gourd cooked with mash lentil mixture.
Mango Dal (Mamidikaya Pappu) Unripe mango cooked with yellow lentil and given a tempering both south indian/ north indian style . This is a most common food item in the season and prepared in all homes. Mango dal/ Mamidikaya Pappu is one of the popular recipes made with raw mangoes (green mango) which lend sourness and tartness to the dal that is very unique to enhance the flavor of dal.
Hyderabadi Til Ka Khatta (accompanied with Khichadi) A spicy and tangy chutney made with sesame seeds and other spices.
Sweet & beverages:
Sheer Khurma - telangana sweets recipes - Sheer korma or Sheer khurma is a vermicelli pudding prepared by most of the Muslims all over the world during their popular festive called the Eid ul-Fitr. The Sheer korma is made of a special type of vermicelli, whole milk, sugar, dates and depending on the region they add the required dry fruits like cashew nuts, almonds, raisins, pistachios and cardamom, saffron and rose water.
Khubani Ka Meetha – Stewed Apricot Dessert Khubani Ka Meetha is another famous Hyderabadi sweet dish made of dried apricots. It is a popular at Hyderabadi feasts and weddings.
Gil-e-Firdaus – Royal Kitchen Sweet A dessert extravaganza, Gil-e-firdaus is truly an amazing sweet dish with white pumpkins cooked with thickened milk, sugar and then served garnished with elaichi and chopped dried fruits.
These are some of the very popular dishes that I feel are in demand in most Hyderabadi restaurants and food outlets. To try more of your explicit and delectable Telangana & Hyderabadi dishes, do click on www.vahrehvah.com and get hold your favourite dishes.
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