Cuisine of Nandyal
The eating habits are quite varied as there is a mixture of Hindu and Muslim styles of eating. Dishes served in Nandyal are mainly vegetarian but some people also prefer non-vegetarian dishes. Rice being the main food is very famous and usually served with sambar. Sometimes it is also served with other lentil preparations along with vegetables. Every meal i.e. breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner have their own specialty.
Nandyal Morning Breakfast
Nandyal Food Recipes - The Delicacies
Traditional dishes of Nandyal are absolutely mouthwatering having a liberal use of spices. Popular dishes include the Peetala Kura, Alsandala vada, Ulavacharu, , Brain fry, Liver fry and Prawn Iguru which are usually served with Sajja or Jonna rotis and sometimes Raagi sankati. This combination gives an authentic feel of Nandyal food. These dishes can be eaten in lunch as well as dinner.
Alasanda Vada is prepared from black-eyed peas for special occasions and usually served with chicken curry.
Peetala Kura is a south Indian style crab curry. People also called it as Crab Masala or Crab Curry Andhra Style.
Ulava Charu also known as Brown Soup is a South Indian soup prepared with tamarind water, tomatoes and pepper, coriander, garlic and other spices and Horse gram.
Sajja Roti (Bread) is made from Bajra (pearl millet) and pretty common in Nandyal.
Jonna Roti (Bread) is similar to Sajja Roti except it is prepared from Jowar (sorghum).
Raagi Sankati also known as Ragi Mudde is a prepared with only two ingredients; the Ragi (finger millet) flour and water. It is usually consumed with the famous Karnataka style Bassaaru and Chicken curry.
Nandyal Snacks or Karalu - Light Bite
Morning breakfast and snacks, both are served generally with chutneys, which are thick condiments and spreads made from assorted fruits and vegetables such as coconut, groundnut, tamarind, tomatoes, mint, cilantro and other herbs.
Desserts or Bakshalu Preparations
Apart from the main dishes, people also prepare Yogi Diet (Food of Fasting Days) and various Divine Prasadams. Fast food is also making its place in the hearts of people of Nandyal as well just like the other parts of the country. Burgers, French fries, Cookies, Jams and Spreads, Cakes, Pasta, Noodles, Pizza, Ice cream and Sandwiches are also part of the life here. The restaurants of Nandyal also offers a lot of varoety to the tourists.