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Desserts are an integral part of the food and it completes the dining experience. It is well-known that no other region in the world has a wide range or numerous variety of delicious sweets than India. Sweets are often served with a meal and most importantly, offered to guests as a part of hospitality etiquettes at normal family gatherings, weddings, and even during various religious ceremonies. Sweets are therefore prepared, served to create a friendly and welcoming environment that describes our rich Indian culture as recorded in the Rigveda (Sanskrit literature).
Talking about sweets, one of the most famous of all, are the Telugu or Andhra sweets. They’re famous everywhere, especially among the southern region. These types of sweets are prepared traditionally and have the essence of the homemade recipes, hence, they are used during special Telugu festivals like Pongal or Sankranthi, Ugadi, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Tirupati Tirumala Brahmotsavam, Srivari Brahmotsavam etc. Where there is a celebration, there are numerous sweets served to adorn the traditional ways.
In this blog, we are listing 4 best Andhra sweets i.e. Andhra’s favourite that you must try. Experience the traditional Southern desserts prepared by following recipes passed on from generations to generations. These amazing Southern sweets are bound to make it your bucket list.
Our Top Favourite Andhra Sweets – Southerners’ All-Time Favourite
The Paper-Thin Dessert of Andhra – Pootharekulu
One of the all-time favourites is the poothareku. A unique dessert made with wafer-thin rice starch, ghee and stuffed with dry fruits, nuts and jaggery. Doesn’t it sound interesting? Imagine the taste. Ah! It has such a unique texture that definitely makes your mouth water, isn’t it?
Every Telugu resident loves these crispy Andhra Sweets and are served on numerous occasions, even at weddings. This unique dessert is a proud part of Andhra cuisines and is all thanks to the Atreyapuram residents (Village in East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh). One bite will surely satisfy your sweet tooth!
Sweet and Healthy Flatbread Snack – Bobbatlu
We all have had the rotis (tortillas), isn’t it? A sweeter yet a delicious and creamy version called bobbatlu contains the goodness of jaggery (gur) and filled with chickpea paste (chana) which is served hot. What makes it more enjoyable is when they are drizzled with homemade ghee! It is a common snack enjoyed by both Southerners and Northerners especially prepared during Ugadi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Holi, etc.
One of the things that makes this sweet more interesting is that it is healthy. Yes, these Andhra Sweets are quite healthy and nutritious. Jaggery is, first of all, a healthier alternative to white sugar. It has many benefits starting from adding zero calories to your food. It is well-known to promote healthy digestion and also, detoxifies the liver. Chickpea is rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals hence it aids in digestion, weight management and also, reduces your risk to many diseases. The combination of these two makes a perfect healthy on-the-go snack for everyone.
Deep-Fried and Highly Delicious Traditional Andhra Sweets – Kakinada Kaja
Kakinada Kaja (also known as Gottam Kaja) is another famous traditional delicacy that also originated from AP’s known city called Kakinada. It is a well-known dessert that almost every southerner loves, especially children. These are must-try sweets which are deep-fried and soaked in sugar syrup served during Diwali, Dussehra, Holi, etc. They are sweet, soft yet crunchy and juicy – a perfect dessert that’ll bring your childhood memories back.
Natural Summer Cool Drink – Nannari Sharbat
Nannari Sharbat (Also known as Sarsaparilla) is an amazing drink prepared with Nannari Roots, a wonder herb enriched with cooling properties. Hence, this is a healthy drink loved by all, especially during the summers.
It has many health benefits starting from relieving body pains, cooling the body, providing natural relief from constipation, and also, purifies the blood. One of the best things about this is that it can be consumed by diabetics too. Yes, it improves metabolism and maintains blood sugar levels. Take a glass of Nannari Sharbat before every breakfast and feel the difference in a few days.
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