Karimnagar: Manthani brahmins are famous for their cooking skills here. People approach them for cooking work in all kinds of functions, big and small. During Dasara and Navaratri season, they are in high demand as marriage ceremonies surge in numbers.
Manthani brahmins had personally served the rulers of Nepal, Kashmir, Baroda and Maharashtra with their delicious preparations. Rangi Kittu, a resident of Manthani, used to prepare food for the late Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao.
In Manthani alone, there are 34 brahmin families in the cooking profession, each employing about 15 people as assistants, cooks, or labourers. Each chef charges Rs 1,500 to prepare food for 100 people. For orders from outside town, the charge is Rs 2,000.
Besides Manthani and its surrounding areas, these chefs frequently travel to Hyderabad, Vemulawada, Basara, Kaleshwaram, Hanamkonda, Warangal, Karimnagar, Armoor, Mancherial, Bellampalli, Dharmapuri and other areas to prepare food.
“Gummadikaya Baruda, Aalubhath, Pulihora, Challapulusu, Veg Biryani are popular vegetarian dishes. Bundi Laddu, Jalebi, Badusha, Carrot Halwa and Kaddu Kheer are famous sweet items prepared by us,” says chef Adadanula Ramesh, who is in the profession for the past 15 years.
Another chef Jattu Bhaskar says that the chefs are out of work in June, July and August months as no weddings are held in these months.