Besides boasting diverse cultures and traditions, Telangana is also known for its distinctive cuisine that includes a wide variety of sweet and savory dishes. The food of the region is typically spiced with ingredients such as tamarind, sesame seeds, red chilles and asafoetida.
Being a semi-arid state that faces acute rainfall erosion, the chief food of Telangana is millet while its neighboring state Andhra Pradesh opts for rice. However, needless to say, Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana is widely in demand for its Biryanis and Osmania biscuits.
On this World Food Day, observed on October 16 every year, here is a brief look into the finger-licking delicacies that Telangana offers:
Also known as Ganju Pindi in some regions of Telangana, Sarva Pindi is a circular-shaped pancake made of rice flour, chana dal, peanuts and chilli. In Nalgonda district, the food item is known as “tappala chekka”. It is a healthy breakfast snack alternative specially cooked in a copper utensil with butter.
Sakinalu is a famous snack made of rice flour dough, fried in oil. It is prepared especially at the time of Makar Sankranti or is offered during marriages. It also called with different names like murkku, chakli, etc.
Just in case you think Rasam and Pachi Pulusu is one and the same, then you are off the mark because both the items of food differ in the cooking method. While no heating is a need for Pachi Pulusu, Rasam uses gas to temper the flavoring.
With jowar being a major crop in the majority of districts in Telangana, Jonna Rotte serves as a staple food of Telangana villages. Jonna Rotte is considered to be a light dinner and as one of the healthiest foods with high protein and fiber content.
Also called as ‘bakshalu’, Polelu is one of the most traditional recipes in Telangana. They are ultra-thin bread stuffed with a mixture of jaggery, channa dal, ghee and cardamom powder. They are cooked without oil. Polelu is the most relied recipe by many for special festivals like Ugadi and Ganesh Chathurthi.
Sunnundallu is made using urad dal and jaggery. It is prepared especially during festivals like Diwali, Holi and many others.