India is home to a wide variety of snacks and sweets that are popular all around the world. Each state in India has special sweets according to its tradition and culture. Well, Andhra Pradesh does have a variety of traditional sweets that are famous throughout the country. The majority of sweets from Andhra Pradesh are not only tasty but are also healthy with wholesome dry fruits, milk, and ghee. In this article, we are going to discuss various varieties of sweets produced in Andhra Pradesh for various traditional occasions like festivals and weddings.
List of Must Try Traditional Sweet Delicacies of Andhra Pradesh
Putharekulu is the traditional South Indian sweet that is prepared with sugar, dry fruits, nuts wrapped in a wafer-thin rice starch layer. The rice starch layer is crispy enough resembling as thin as paper. This sweet is traditionally prepared for festival rituals and weddings in the Telugu states. It is prepared by dipping a cloth into the liquid batter and spreading it over an inverted Kadai. The crispy wafer then prepared from the hot Kadai is stuffed with ghee, sugar and wrapped into rolls. Dry Fruits are added additionally to bring out the delicious taste.
Ariselu is another traditional Andhra Pradesh food that is made with rice flour, jaggery, and ghee. Ariselu is prepared every year during Sankranti in almost every South Indian house. Sesame seeds are added to the batter to bring out the delicious taste. This delicious and healthy recipe helps in regulating body temperature during the winter months.
Kajjikayalu is a crescent-shaped sweet which is crunchy, light and stuffed with a mixture of dried coconut sugar, semolina, and cardamom powder. The outer layer is prepared out of maida dough that is shaped into thin puris to bring out a unique shape.
Kakinada Khaja is famous recipe from Kakinada since 1891 when Chittipedi Kotaiah, a native of Chinaparimi Village near Tenali in Guntur district moved to Kakinada. He opened a sweet shop and their family has a legacy of selling the famous Kakinada Kaja even today. Kakinada Kaja is sold to various regions all across India. This sweet is prepared from ingredients like wheat flour, sugar, edible oils, and ghee.
Bellam Paramannam is an Andhra version of rice payasam made with jaggery. It is the most common dish that is cooked during traditional festivals like Sankranti. Rice, milk, jaggery, almonds are cooked to prepare the delicacy. Some people also prepare this using lentils and coconut milk to make it Pongal.
Poornam Boorelu is an Andhra delicacy made out of chana dal, jaggery, cardamom, urad dal, and rice. It is one of the common sweets that is prepared in Telugu cuisine for festivals and occasions. It is definitely cooked for festivals like Varalakshmi Vratham, Durga Navratri, and is served as Naivedyam to the Goddess.
Kobbari laddu is a dessert prepared by cooking milk, jaggery, and fresh coconut grating into a thick paste. It is then rounded into the shape of laddu and served during festivals. This sweet that is most loved by children is not only tasty but also healthy.
Sunnundalu is another famous delicacy belonging to Andhra Pradesh that is prepared during Sankranti. This delicacy is prepared with urad dal also known as Minapappu (skinned black gram). Roasted urad dal is mixed with jaggery and ghee and made in the form of laddus. Cardamom seeds can be added additionally to bring a flavourful taste. This old traditional recipe which uses jaggery instead of sugar is highly rich in antioxidants, iron protein, and minerals.
Although Rava Laddu is prepared in most states of the country, the taste of it in Andhra Pradesh has a unique aroma making everyone fond of it. This delicious sweet is prepared with Rava, ghee, sugar, and coconut grating.
Bandar Laddu is also called Tokkudu Laddu in Andhra Pradesh. This recipe came into existence from the village Bandar and it is how it got its name. This is a delicious sweet with a soft creamy texture prepared out of gram flour, sugar, and ghee.
Gavvalu is another popular snack that is easy to prepare at home. It is made out of dough shaped into unique shell shapes and it is coated with sugar syrup on the top to get a delicious taste.
This is also called Roja Puvvulu in Andhra Pradesh. This is one of the favorite sweets for children because of its crunchy taste. It is made out of maida, sugar, and rice batter to get a crispy texture.
Sweets are an important part of every cuisine and are served at every happy moment. Apart from the traditional sweets mentioned above, there are many other regional sweets prepared in various parts of Andhra Pradesh. All the mentioned sweets can be made at home with little precision. The end results will definitely satisfy your taste buds even though you have to spend a little bit of effort in the preparation.