Andhra Pradesh is a state in India famous for its iconic Tirupati Temple, Chaar Minar and Hyderabadi Biryani. However, although only Hyderabadi biryani is well-known, the state has numerous culinary delicacies that can make any foodie fall in love with it. Also, unlike many other Indian states, Andhra Pradesh is not forbidding to non-vegetarian dishes. In short, in Andhra cuisine you are free to enjoy a great array of flavors. Here are two simple but outstanding Andhra dishes you should try and you are surely going to love them.
Andhra Mess is the most popular South Indian Restaurant situated in Allen/Frisco, USA. They have established Andhra Mess with an aim to provide a delightful experience and to explore the most beautiful, rich texture of Indian Cuisine full of tradition & a premium Bar. You can enjoy the following dishes here along with many more.
- ½ kg Whole black gram
- Oil to fry
- 5 green chillies cut into 2” pieces
- 2 inch piece of ginger, shredded and finely chopped
- Salt to taste
Soak black gram in water for around 3 hours and strain the water. Grind the soaked black gram in a blender adding water to make a thick batter. Add salt and pieces of chillies and ginger.
Heat oil in a pan. Take a plastic paper and place a blob of the batter (around the size of a big tomato) on it. Press it with wet hand to make a thick round and make a hole in the middle with finger. Now gently leave the vada into the oil and let it be cooked on a high flame from both the sides. Strain the extra oil and take out the vadas. Your hot, tasty garelu is ready!
2. Chepala Vepudu
- 250gm pieces or fillet of fish
- ¼ to ¾ teaspoon red chilli powder
- 2-3 pinches of turmeric
- ¾ teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon garam masala powder (find recipe here)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Salt to taste
- Oil for frying
Apply salt to fish and wash well. Drain completely. Mix all the ingredients except oil and apply the mixture to the fish pieces. Keep aside to marinate for around 10 minutes.
Heat oil in a small pan. Stir fry fish pieces in hot oil for 3-4 minutes and then flip. Fry again till the fish is cooked properly. Your simple, yet scrumptious fish fry is ready, enjoy!
Try these dishes or enjoy them with many other lip-smacking dishes at Andhra Mess, and please your taste buds!