I am a working mother of two pretty girls and a wonderful husband, who is a food lover and a great occasional cook himself. From my experiences and efforts to bring forth to my family a healthy delicious food at every meal, I have created this collection. It is solely inspired from the mouth watering recipes my mom and grandma used to make. This site is intended for all those who love the joy and aroma of authentic Indian/andhra vegetarian cuisine. If you are one of those, who at some point crave for these classic dishes and festive treats and are looking for Quick and easy, simple to make recipes - Read on:-)
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As with Indian cuisine in general, the key to tantalizing colors and flavors of Andhra cuisine is the blends of a variety of spices. There is a perception that Andhra food is the hottest in the world, perhaps the idea of people who have tasted its most compelling pickles – like avakaya, gorgura and the like. Based on what spices are used, in what proportions and with what combinations it includes countless cool' calming and comforting dishes to chill out. Needless to say to those who hail from the Andhra and mostly south of India, every Andhra kitchen has a Spice box with a set of spices. For those who are unaware the secret list includes- cumin seeds, mustard seeds, whole dried red pepper, fenugreek seeds, cilantro seeds, black peppercorn, cloves and turmeric. If you are new to Andhra cooking and are planning to prepare a meal with that authentic Andhra aroma, have these handy and you almost achieved it. This is a blend of spices that are antidotes to many ailments and greatly used not only as home remedies but proven effective in ayurvedic (herbal) medicine.
Andhra cuisine inherently incorporates whole grains in a range of dishes. Being a vegetarian, when I see the gaining popularity of health and nutritional benefits and importance of whole grain consumption, I rest assured not to boast off, that we not only use whole grains in our staple foods and native cuisine, but also a variety of them. Use of minumulu (minapapppu/urad daal) in idli and dosa, Pesalu (Moong daal) in pesarattu are a couple of excellent examples of the numerous.
As a mom I am always in pursuit of healthy nutritious food for my kids. Being a scientist by profession, I cannot resist my curiosity and temptation to investigate and nail the best and tend to do the same in domestic affairs as well. But despite the explorations, I still believe that our native Andhra cuisine provides all the nutritional requirements my kids need. Being exposed to all the tummy yummies the world over, my kids like a variety of foods, yet they never get bored of wonderful tastes of “Andhra Vantakamulu”.
Welcome to my collection of traditional Andhra foods and some of my explorations and successful adventures of recipes from other cuisines with an Andhra touch.
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