Warangal is the second largest city of Andhra Pradesh and of the Telangana region. Telangana Cuisine is highly influenced by the Afghan and Persian cuisines, which makes it deliciously spicy. Most of the food preparations in Warangal are made with peanuts, tamarind, mango, sugarcane and corn. People of Telangana region prefer tartness and tanginess in their dishes that’s the reason of using mango and tamarind in excess. One of the most famous delicacies of Warangal is its Mango pickle which nobody forgets to taste and take with them for their family and friends. Let us explore some delicacies of the Warangal cuisine.
Warangal cuisine offers both vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian dishes to all tourists and locals. Use of spices is a common feature of Warangal cuisine. Most of the vegetables are prepared with Gram powder, which brings out the unique flavors of these dishes and makes it irresistible to eat. Most of the dishes are served with the very famous oily and delicious mango pickle of Warangal. Peanuts, sesame seeds, coconut and tamarind are extensively used in many dishes as the key flavouring. Most important factor about the Warangal cuisine is its slow cooking method and carefully chosen ingredients.
Every person who visits Warangal has this on the top of their list to try. This biryani is made of rich rice perfectly sauted with lots of ghee, meat and spices. Initially rice and meat are prepared in different pots and once rice are half cooked, both are prepared in a special pot called Handi for the remaining amount of time. You will feel a liitle bit of sourness and sweetness, spiciness and hot and salty flavors in your mouth with lots of nuts and dry fruits while eating this dish.
Non-Vegetarian Delicacies of Warangal
Most famous non-vegetarian dishes of the Warangal region is Hyderabadi Biryani itself. Apart from that Liver Fry, Kakaraya Pulusu and Kodi Kura are other famous Non-vegetarian delicacies of Warangal cuisine. Guddu Pulusu is another famous dish of this region which is made from eggs and is usually served with rice. Golichina Mamsam (Spicy Mutton fry) and Oorru Kodi Pulusu (flavourful country chicken curry) are other famous dishes of Warangal.
Vegetarian Delicacies of Warangal
Use of Gram powder in the gravies makes vegetarian dishes of Warangal unique and awesome in taste. Mirch ka Salan, Baghare Baigan and Ulavacharu are some of the delicacies of vegetarian food of Warangal. Gongura Chana Dal (Chana dal cooked in spices and tempered with mustard and curry leaves) is also a famous vegetarian delight of Warangal and is an alternative to 'Gongura Ghosht', Non-vegetarian counterpart of the same. Bachali Kura is made from spinach and has a tangy flavor, as it is cooked with tamarind paste. Pachi Pulusu is also famous here. It is a variety of Rasam of spicy - sour flavor, cooked with tamarind, onions and chillies. Arintikaya Banana Pulusu or Vepudu and Onkkaya Brinjal Pulusu or Vepudu are other varieties of Warangal vegetarian dishes.
Lunch and Dinner Preparations
Most of the dishes including both vegetarian and Non-vegetarian are usually served with Jonna Roti (Flatbread made with sorghum), Dibba Roti, Sajja Roti (Flatbread made with millet), Uppudi pindi (Broken rice) and Rice preparations.
Snacks and Savouries
Sakinalu, also known as Chakinalu is one of the most famous snacks of Warangal. It is traditional snack usually prepared with rice flour and sesame seeds during the festival of Makar Sankranti. Sarva Pindi is another famous snack of Warangal, which is a spicy Pan cake and is made with Rice flour, Sesame seeds, Curry leaves, Green chillies, Chana dal, Ginger, and Garlic. Karijelu, is a dumpling dish is cooked with savory stuffing with mutton or chicken kheema or a sweet stuffing.
You must treat yourself with the hottest and tangiest jalebis of Warangal. They can be eaten as a snack or a dessert. 'Pharda Pheni' is a sugar coated crispy wafer sweet. During the month of Ramadaan many people prefer to eat Kheer and Sevayin. Sugar Madugulu is another famous sweet dish of Warangal and is made with milk and butter with sugar coating.
Fast Foods in Warangal
Just like many other parts of the country fast food has become the favorite food among the youngsters of Warangal as well. There are many restaurants and eating joints which offer fast food in various parts of the city. Fast food chains such as Subway, Dominos and US Pizza are located within the city and offers dine-in and home delivery options to all the tourists and locals.
Restaurants in Warangal
There are many restaurants situated all around the city of Warangal. Most of these restaurants can be found near tourist attractions such as Warangal Fort and Thousand Pillar Temple. Nearly all of the restaurants offer Vegetarian and Non-vegetarian food here. Many multi-cuisine restaurants such as Haveli, Ovation Restaurant and Seasons Restaurant are located here in different parts of the city.