In the state of Telangana, batukamma is the largest festival, celebrated in grand scale for 9 days. Goddess Gauri a reincarnation form of Laxmi is worshipped on the name of Bathukamma. Of course, no celebration in any culture would be complete without food. 5 or 9 types of naivedyam (prasadam) called saddulu is offered to Goddess Gouri on the 9th day. Shown in the picture are Nimmakaya saddi, Nuvvula saddi, karivepaaku saddi, Palli saddi, perugu saddi and minappappu saddi. For those who don’t know the Telugu language, they are lemon rice, sesame seeds rice, curry leaves rice, peanut rice, curd rice, and black gram (urad dal) rice.
Telangana is India’s most hot and spicy non-vegetarian state. Telangana’s most known spicy non-veg dishes are Kodi Pulusu aka Chicken pulusu, mamsam vapudu. They are served with garelu (lentil falafel), rice or roti. Hot mango pickle called as Maagaya pachadi is staple food. It is a must have dish in every day meals.
In Telangana tamarind based gravy is called Pulusu. It’s sour, tangy taste mixed in vegetables is Telangana’s favorite dish. Though Kodi pulusu says pulusu, it is not made of tamarind gravy. Pulusu also means gravy. Kodi pulusu means chicken in gravy. Vankaya Pulusu, Aratikaya pulusu, bendakaya pulusu are few of Telangana peoples most favorite pulusu dishes.