Chilli-heavy Andhra food has been one of the city’s favourite cuisines for long. Yes, we know that much of it isn’t authentic but we can’t help it if our taste buds sing with glee (or ghee!) every time a plate of Hyderabadi biryani or a plantain leaf piled with rice, pappu and rasam appears in front of us. Throw in helpings of Gongura chutney and chilli chicken, and our joy knows no bounds. LBB shares a list of Andhra restaurants that sets your palate on fire.

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Rayalaseema Ruchulu

try gongura mamsam at rayalaseema ruchulu

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Having gained name and fame in Telangana, this chain is known for its fiery preparations. Try their Ragi Sangati (their version of ragi balls), creamy Paya Soup, Natu Kodi Pulusu (country chicken curry) and you’ll walk out with a happy belly.

Where: No. 949, 1st Floor, 12th Main Road, Indiranagar 

When: noon-4pm, 7pm-11pm

Contact: +91  99016 24442

Price: INR 700 for two

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Meghana Foods

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The crowds can’t get enough of Meghana so you better be prepared for a long wait before you can grab a table. Once you’ve settled down, however, make the most of your meal with piles of boneless chicken biryani and pair it with their specials like Meghana Chicken 555, Mutton Pepper Fry, and Nati Chicken Fry.

Where: Find a Meghana Foods near you, here.

When: noon-4pm, 7pm-11pm

Price: INR 600 for two

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Sumi’s Kitchen

try telugu brahmin food at sumi's kitchen in cooke town

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Run out of her cosy apartment, Sumitra K’s kitchen dishes out Andhra Brahmin food every weekend. Stop by for a pre-booked, home cooked meal (this is the real deal) that features recipes that have been in Sumi’s family for generations.

Where: B3, Hutchins Court, 18/1, Hutchins Main Road, Cooke Town

When: Every Saturday, 1pm onwards (but depends on the number of bookings)

Contact: +91 8951153518 (a place needs to be booked at least three days in advance)

Price: INR 600 for two

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Nagarjuna

try nagarjuna for its spicy chilly chicken and meals

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Since 1984, Nagarjuna is one of Bangalore’s favourite places for their lightly spiced biryani (choose the mutton version, the meat just falls off the bone), their equally delicious Andhra meals and plates of their super spicy Chilly Chicken.

Where: Find a Nagarjuna near you here.

When: noon-3.30pm, 7pm-11pm

Price: INR 800 for two

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Bheema’s

A visit to Bheema’s is sure to leave you a few pounds heavier. Try their Andhra meals where ladles of hot pappu or dal cooked in greens and vegetables are scooped onto your plate along with heaps of rice. The Chicken 65 and the slices of fried seer fish round off your meal well. For all the details on why Bheema’s is awesome, you can have a read here.

Where: 31, Church Street

When: noon-3.30pm and 7-10.30pm

Contact: 080 25587389

Price: INR 600 for two

ATB – Absolute Telugu Buffet

Grab a plate at the buffet table at this restaurant and you’ll be treated to a whole line-up of delicacies like Ragi Sangati, Pappu Charu Annam (Andhra’s take on sambhar), and Ulavacharu Soup (horse gram lentil soup), and a whole load of condiments, pickles and sweets.

Where: 12/1, Lotus Building, 80 Feet Road, 4th Block, Near Sony World Signal, Koramangala

When: 12.30pm-4pm, 7pm-11pm

Contact: 080 25502358

Price: INR 1500 for two

Swathi

try swathi for its fragrant biryani

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Over the years, Swathi’s immense popularity has led them to start off many outlets around the city. Stop by any of them and order up plates of their fragrant biryani, their succulent Chicken Kakinada and their spice-loaded Chilly Chicken (it’s one of the best in the city).

Where: Find a Swathi near you here.

When: 11.30am-3.30pm and 6.30pm-10.30pm

Price: INR 800 for two

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Hotel Annapoorna

This age-old restaurant has been dishing out knockout Andhra dishes since forever. From their limited menu, try their biryani (they have chicken and mutton versions), Nati Fry, and slices of seer fish for a happy meal.

Where: No.3, 6th Cross, Gandhi Nagar, Majestic

When: 11.30am-3.30pm, 7pm-11pm

Contact: 080 26703072

Price: INR 400 for two

7 Biryanis by Kuchipudi

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Another Hyderabad import, this places does a variety of biryanis replete with traditional flavours from the Andhra region. Crowd favourites include the Rajahmundry Ajanta Kodi Pulav, Pedamma Mamsam Pulav or the Pudina Mirchi Pulav.

Where: No. 949, 1st Floor, 12th Main Road,Indiranagar and 534/77, Fourth Floor, Ajantha Avenue, Puttenahalli, JP Nagar

When: noon-4pm, 7pm-11pm

Contact: +91  99016 24442 (Indiranagar) and  +91 9741700009 (JP Nagar)

Price: INR 700 for two

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Kritunga Restaurant

Choose from their long line up of biryanis (Nattukodi, Palnadu Mutton, Prawns and even Drumstick) or get their Rayalaseema specials that includes Paya, Natukodi Pulusu and Gutti Vankaya (a dish made from brinjals). They also have a whole lot of offal offerings that you need to try.

Where: 3rd Floor, 88, Venkatadri Plaza, Outer Ring Road, Kasavanahalli Village, Marathahalli; 105, Industrial Layout, 5th Block, Koramangala; Opposite Police station, 4th Block, Jayanagar; 4th Floor, Beside Swati Restaurant, Near Signal, Sahakarnagar

When: noon-4pm, 7pm-11pm

Price: INR 160 upwards

New Prashanth Hotel

try new prashanth hotel for andhra special food

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While they have the regular Chicken Tikka Masalas and Paneer Chillys here, we suggest you stick to the Andhra specials. Their rustic menu features bestsellers like Guntur Chicken, Boti (intestines) Fry, and Nati Biryani.

Where: No.119/A/36, Garla Garnet, 2nd Floor, 9th Main, 4th Block, Jayanagar and 43/2, 100 Feet Road, Kamakya Complex, 3rd Stage, Banashankari

When: noon-4pm, 7pm-11pm

Contact: 080 26530150 (Jayanagar) and +91 9900966619 (Banashankari)

Price: INR 500 for two

Akshara  

New kid on the block, Akshara is already a hit with the crowd. Their carrier meals that include ghee-drizzled servings of steamed rice, rasam, sambhar, vegetables and condiments will surely hit the right spot. So will their lip-smacking fish fry, masala vadas and their chicken dishes.

Where: 51, 1st Cross, Residency Road

When: noon-4pm, 7pm-11pm

Contact: +91  9449367777

Price: INR 650 for two

Featured image via: Swathi Group of Restaurants