Andhra cuisine can be pretty much become an emotional experience for first-timers! It’s hot, it’s spicy and can actually move you to tears. If you like it hot, then Andhra cuisine is just up your street! Confused about where you should dine? We’ll help you sift the grain from the chaff by bringing you the two top picks for authentic Andhra food in Chennai.
Andhra food is heavy on spices, especially the little round devil: the Guntur red chilly. It liberally uses tamarind and raw mango to infuse dishes with a tangy taste, as well as coconut, curry leaves and the piquant locally grown, gongura. The meal is incomplete without chutneys, pickles and relishes including allam (ginger) pachdi, gongura chutney, mango avakkai etc. In Chennai lot of restaurants which prepare distinguish food like Chinese food, Italian food, Mexican food, Thai food but the delicacy of Andhra food is high as per others.
If you are a die-hard non-vegetarian, stop by at the 58 year old Ponnusamy’s for fish pulusu, prawn pepper masala crab masala, rabbit fry, quail roast, fish curry in a raw mango gravy, chicken gravy thickened with coconut milk, prawn drumstick curry, Andhra mutton fry, chicken kurma or the Vizag egg curry. All of these taste best when teamed with white rice, idiyappams or crisp dosas. A word of caution-head early to Ponnusamy’s, for invariably the day’s special is lapped up before 9 pm.
Chettinad Akshaya Food Spencer Plaza Mall Anna Salai Chennai
Amravathi has been around for over 30 years and stands testimony to the fact that the food here is not only authentic but consistent and really good. Amravathi perhaps offers the best brain masala, Chepala Pulsu, liver fry, prawn pepper fry, crab masala and mutton sukka in the city. Vegetarians will be wise to order a thali which includes a wide variety from rasam and sambar to veggies like ridge gourd, cabbage etc along with papad, chutneys, pickles and rice for a true taste of Andhra ‘meals’.
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