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Telangana cuisine is the cooking of Telangana. The Telangana state lies on the Deccan plateau and its topography dictates more millets and roti based dishes. Jowar and Bajra features more prominently in their cuisine.

Telangana cuisine is noted for not including dishes such as idli and dosa, typical of other South Indian cuisines.[1]

Staple food

Telangana in its cuisine, there is special place for rotis made from millet, such as jonna rotte (sorghum), sajja rotte (penisetum), or Sarva Pindi" and Uppudi Pindi (broken rice). In Telangana a gravy or curry is called Koora and Pulusu in based on Tamarind. A deep fry reduction of the same is called Vepudu. Kodi pulusu and vepudu are popular dishes in meat. Vankaya (Brinjal), Aloogadda (potato) koora & fry are some of the many varieties of vegetable dishes.[2] Telangana palakoora is a spinach dish cooked with lentils eaten with steamed rice and roti. Peanuts are added as special attraction and in Karimnagar District, peanuts and soya nuts are added.

Popular Telangana curry dishes (known as Koora) include Boti (derived from mutton) and Phunti Koora made out of Red Sorrel leaves. Potlakaya pulusu, or Snake gourd stew is one of the daily staple dish.Many Telangana dishes are altered as per their own taste but the root ingredients are similar. Sakinalu is the most popular snack made of rice flour during festivals like Dusshera and Sankranthi making it very delicious and one of its kind fritters of South India.[3]

Recent years has seen a resurgence of Telangana cuisines in restaurants around Hyderabad with the availability of Telangana thali dish for lunch.[3]

Vegetarian food

Various types of Lentils (Pappulu) and millets for sale in market

In Telangana regions Tamarind, red chilies (koraivikaram) and Asafoetida are predominantly used in Telangana cooking. Roselle is a major staple used extensively in curries and pickles. [4]

Pesara (moong-dal) pulusu
Various types of lentils (pappulu) and millet for sale at a marke


  1. ^ deSouza, Peter Ronald; Alam, Mohd Sanjeer; Ahmed, Hilal (11 November 2021). Companion to Indian Democracy: Resilience, Fragility, Ambivalence. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-1-000-46158-9.
  2. ^ a b Esteves, Lesley A. (1 June 2012). "The Telangana Table". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 18 September 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2023.
  3. ^ a b Sreenivas, Janyala (29 January 2014). "In Hyderabad, chicken crosses the road from Andhra to Telangana". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 30 January 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  4. ^ "A look at Telangana cuisine". Deccan Chronicle. 2 August 2013. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2023.