“వివాహ భోజనంబు వింతైన వంటకంబు వియయాలవారివిందు ఒహో హోహ నాకెముందు
Vivaaha Bhojanambu..Vinaina Vantakambu, Viyyalavari vindu ohoho Nake mundu“
Every Telugu heart knows this song by heart. This song from Mayabazar is a list of some of the most traditional and authentic Telugu dishes which were served as a part of the Wedding feast.However, in the current Generation weddings, with multiple cuisine options to choose from , few of these amazing dishes are now out of the menu. Let us now see what are they.
Before the advent of Biryani and Pulao , Pulihora was served as a flavoured rice item.While lemon pulihora and Tamarind pulihora are common, Dabbakaya (Pomelo) Pulihora was prepared when this seasonal fruit was available.The tangy punch of the fruit adds a rustic flavour to the preparation.
Panasa pottu koora:
Panasa Kaya/Panasa Pandu is loved by everyone. This summer fruit’s unique sweetness makes it special. Panasa pottu koora is a stir fry made out of the Jack fruit fibre was a vintage delicacy, loved by all ages.However, due to the difficulty in procuring the fibre and Panasa pottu not being vividly available, this dish is hardly seen in weddings now.
This tangy brown soup like dish is above all. Made out of Horse gram and a whole bunch of spices are curry leaves, it will easily transport you to heaven when eaten with a dash of cream and rice. Thanks to Indira foods of Vijayawada that this long lost taste is now gaining its popularity back.
This chutney made of Gongura leaves is packed with flavour . One would just love the combo when it’s had with chopped onions and rice. This preparation was must back then, however it is seldom seen in today’s wedding feasts.
Dappalam is a Tangy , sweet and sour sambar like dish which contains big chunks of veggies. This traditional Andhra dish which has tons and tons of lovers, is now no where seen as a part of the wedding menu
It is very hard to imagine Sankranthi without Ariselu .These are a must in every household during festive time.In olden days, these were served during wedding too, however due to the complexity in involved in making them, they are completely disappeared from the wedding platter.
Unlike all the sweets made of sugar, Bellam Laddu was severed decades back as a primary sweet in the wedding feast. Slowly laddus made of sugar and other sweets have replaced this sweet and crunchy preparation.
This sweet dish made of milk , Jaggery and rice flour kneaded as noodles, is an absolute delight to everyone.It used to be served as a sweet on the banana leave with a dollop of desi ghee. No sophisticated sweet could actually bring back the feel of Palatalikalu till date.
Mouth watering aren’t they? Lets put in little effort to bring back these lost delicacies back into limelight and make our weddings even more authentic.