My published Tripoto article, http://www.tripoto.com/profile/radhikanarasimhan
CUISINE- Rice is the staple food all through Andhra Pradesh. Their cuisine is called Telugu cuisine. Food prepared in Andhra Pradesh is usually tnagy, hot and spicy. A mixed blend of vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies are available in greater varieties. There are a variety cuisines starting from coastal Andhra,uttarandhra, telegana and rayalseema besides Hyderabadi and Mughal cuisine. BREAKFAST- Minapattu, pesarattu, uppundu pindi, garela(Vada), attukulu(poha) are popular to taste. VEGETARIAN DISHES- Annam(rice), pappu(dhal), oorpindi(chutney), pulusu and charu(sambhar and rasam), pappadam are popular dishes served. NON VEGETARIAN- Tala Kaya kura(meat), chepata pulusu(fish), gongura mamsam(lamb), Hyderabad palav(chicken), mutton biryani, Andhra chilli chicken, prawns are very yummy dishes to eat. SNACKS- Punukulu, mirapakaya bajji, pakodi, maramaraalu, chicken lollipop, chicken 65, are very famous street food. SWEETS- Pootharekulu, sunnundallu, poornalu, boondi laddu, kobori lawju are mouth watering sweets to taste.
SHOPPING- Andhra Pradesh has very popular things, that are unique and will stay as a memory in a travellers house. Handicrafts, silver art work, artefacts, mangalgiri sarees, Hyderabad pearls, kalamkari paints, hand woven carpets are shopped. Laad market, begun bazaar’ Ameerpet, Begumpet are popular markets.
My mother tongue being Telugu, travelling inneumerable times to many cities and parts in Andhra Pradesh, I would define Andhra Pradesh, as rich in culture, blend of modernity, and a very popular tourist destination. A state to visit and carry the memories within.