It’s ‘Rice’ Time : Andhra special

Andhra Pradesh is known the world over for several things, including state-of-the-art technology, spices, the use of tamarind and of course, rice!  In fact, it is often called the ‘Rice bowl of India‘. People from Andhra love to cook with a wide array of spices and it surely has to be the spiciest food that I have ever tasted! Yet, the flavours of coconut, tamarind and other spices that are added along with the chillies, seem to shout out the loudest, thus resulting in a yummy delicious meal.

As we all know, the Nizams of Hyderabad greatly influenced the world-famous, Hyderabadi cuisine which today, forms a major part of the Andhra food. Hyderabadi cuisine is rather ‘rich’, hence the ‘nawabi touch’ and is marked by the method of slow cooking. I will be talking about this part of the cuisine in another post. For today, we will ponder and salivate over the absolutely delicious rice preparations from this wonderful region.  There is the much-loved nutty lemon rice, the spicy, tangy tamarind rice, the beautifully subtle coconut rice, chilli rice and many more. Then, of course there are the most delicious sweet-savoury rice based munchies, rice-lentil medley and of course the lovely rice bases desserts. There is so much to talk about but for now, let’s focus on a select few. Ready? Here we go…


Lemon Rice…an Andhra Staple via


Chintapandu Pulihora – Andhra Style Tamarind Rice via

Rava Pulihora aka Tamarind Rice ... via

Rava Pulihora – the deliciousness of Tamarind Rice though made with Rice Rava  … via

Steamed Rice balls... via

Steamed Rice balls… via


Ava Pettina Daddojanam or Curd rice with the very spicy Andhra pickle…via


Poha Dosa or Atukula Dosa is an Andhra Speciality via

Rice Crispy Munchy Snacks ... via

Rice cripsy munchies…via

chekkalu-rice crackers

Chekkalu – crispy rice crackers from Andhra – perfect with tea via

Chakinalu - The delicious rice flour snack...via

Sakinalu – The delicious rice flour snack...via

Andhra version of 'Bisi Belel Bhaath' - absolutely delicious...via

Andhra version of ‘Bisi Belel Bhaath’ – absolutely delicious…via

Sarva Pindi - The most delicious 'roti' made out of rice flour...via

Sarva Pindi – The most delicious ‘roti’ made out of rice flour…via

Thenga Sadam aka Coconut Rice..rather nice...via

Thenga Sadam aka Coconut Rice..rather nice…via

Utanki - Sweet and Crispy rice roll...via

Utanki – Sweet and Crispy rice roll...via


Bellam Paramannam aka Andhra Syle Jaggery Rice Pudding via

Also, I read in one of the newspapers that Andhra Pradesh will soon be producing certain varieties of rice that are low in carbohydrates! A variety that will be more nutritious than the current varieties but I am told that the process for this hasn’t begun as yet! The good ‘ole variety of rice will always be there to feed our hungry tummies…until such time, the new versions come along…

So, which rice dish is it going to be tonight?

Shilpa xx


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