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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What local food items is Tirupati famous for?

Rupali Khanna DEC 10 2012
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The local food of Tirupati is an amagamation of Tamil and Telegu cuisine, since Tirupati was a part of Tamil Nadu before 1953 and later became a part of Andhra Pradesh. Both Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have a generous use of chilli in their dishes along with spices like Cardamom, curry leaves, chili peppers, cinnamon, mustard seeds, peanuts and coconut milk, while tomato and tamarind are used for flavouring the curries. The use of rice and lentils is imperative while cooking South Indian food, rice being the chief staple food. Even though both the places have rich vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian dishes, food of Tirupati is confined to only the former as the latter is prohibited in this holy city.

Sweet Rice (photo by Pamri)

  • Temple Food

    The traditional eating in the temple involves being seated on the floor, having the food served on a banana leaf which involves daddojanam (curd rice), pulihora (tamarind rice), vada and chakkara-pongal (sweet pongal), miryala-pongali, Appam, Payasam, Jaggery, Murukku, Dosa and seera (kesari). It is considered very auspicious to eat at the temple. One of the most popular local food available in Tirupati is the 'sweet rice'.

Ladoo platter (photo by Sherry Ezhuthachan)

  • Laddu and other Sweets

    Once you've visited the Venkateswara Temple it is impossible to leave without the famous Laddu. Overtime the huge Laddus have become synonymous with Tirupati. It is a spherical-shaped sweet made of Besan flour, Sugar, Cashew nuts, Cardamom, Ghee, Oil, Sugar candy, Raisins and Almonds which are made in two sizes including big and small ones.

    Around 150,000 laddus are made daily of which small laddus are given free to each devotee, whereas the bigger ones are given to the devotees who perform sevas in Tirumala. A devotee can buy extra two laddus ( INR 25 for small Laddu and INR 100 for the big one) and the the revenue from their sale annually is more than 11 million rupees. Other than the Laddu, Tirupati is famous for other sweets as well including Sheermal which is a sweet bread, more like a Danish pastry, Semia Payasam, Halwa, Kaja and sweet rice.

    Andhra Thali (photo by Sai Sreekanth)

  • Andhra Thali

    For a real culinary tour of Andhra Pradesh, go for the spicy thali which has a mound of a rice in the middle, sambar (a spicy, broth soup), a curry dish, pickles, poriyal (a cauliflower stew with dried chillies and mustard seeds) and kurma, a creamy coconut milk and vegetable stew. A crispy papadum and a dosa are served on the side. You could also try the spicy rava kichadi which might be served as starter but is more of a main dish.

    Tomato Rice (photo by opencage.info)

  • Rice Dishes

    For rice lovers, Tirupati is just the place to be as it has various yummy preparations of rice. The homey bisibele bhath is a hearty rice and lentil stew loaded with carrots and green beans that packs a treat. The black mustard seed and cardamom laced vegetable biryani is good, too. Other delicious variants include Curd rice, Lemon rice, Tomato rice and Tamarind rice. Another famous dish Pongal Vada, a rice stew is flecked with black peppercorns, black mustard seeds, curry leaves and cashews, makes for an intriguing filling dish.

    Badam milk (photo by Divya Kudua)

  • Beverages

    Now that you have learnt about some local Tirupati dishes, its time to move on to the drinks and beverages. As far as those are concerned, Tirupati has many lip smacking ones including Mango Lassi, Badam Milk and Masala paal which are rich and creamy and help cool your mouth after eating spicy food. Teem then up with local food for a tasty and hearty meal. There are many restaurants and stalls offering both authentic South Indian fare and Multi cuisine dishes. Some of the fine restaurants in Tirupati include Manasa Restaurant, Palace Café, Pongali Restaurant, Andhra Spice, Sindhu Fast Food Center and Deepam Food Plaza.

Remember that being one of India's holy city, there are no bars and pubs in the city as drinking and smoking here is considered unholy and is thus a taboo. Even non-vegetarian food is prohibited. But, don't worry as the local food in Tirupati will surely delight your tastebuds. So, what are you waiting for? Come and let the delectable cuisine of this religious destination take you on a yummy ride.

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