The VIPs of Tirupati’s Local Cuisine

Tirupati is a major pilgrimage site and a tourist hub nestled amid Seshachalam Hills in Andhra Pradesh. It is home to the famous Venkateshwara Temple that draws pilgrims and tourists alike from different parts of the country and the world. Another well-known aspect of this city is its unique cuisine. Tirupati’s native flavours comprise some characteristic spices of South India that gets combined with the city’s native methods while preparing dishes. So on your trip, make sure to experiment with the delectable platters of the famous food in Tirupati!

three Idlis with garnishing and coconut chutney in a bowl with chillies on the side


Pulihora or Andhra Tamarind Rice is a famous food in Tirupati and is often served as a part of the Prasadam at Venkateshwara Temple. This flavourful rice dish is a favourite amongst the local crowd. Every household in Tirupati has their own version of Pulihora, the recipe of which has been passed down from generations. Natives here will tell you that there is a distinct flavour in the Pulihora served at the temple and it is probably the best place to try out this local delicacy.

The Prime restaurant at Raj Park Tirupati also has Pulihora in its extensive menu. You can devour its delicate taste at the restaurant or from the comfort of your room at the hotel.


Andhra Thali

The best way to experience Tirupati’s cuisine is the gigantic Andhra Thali! Traditionally served on a wide banana leaf, this feast is not just a spectacle to look at but is also a wholesome, healthy and hearty meal. The thali brings together the best foods in Tirupati in the perfect portions which are tied together in a flavoursome harmony with rice. It is the ideal royal meal comprising entrees like Vadas, typical South Indian bread, a mound of rice in the centre, sambar, a curry dish, pickle, Poriyal, Kurma, a crispy Papadum and a bowl of sweet and comforting Payasam to complete the meal.

Bisi Bele Bhath

Packed with intense flavours, Bisi Bele Bhath is typically a Kannad dish that has found its place in the list of favoured dishes of Tirupati. Famous food carts and restaurants serve Bisi Bele Bhath straight out of the pot. It is a concoction prepared from rice, lentils, mixed vegetables and native spices which lend the dish a delicate balance of spice and tangy. The dish is topped with a generous amount of ghee to add an extra punch of taste and aroma. If you are looking for healthy alternatives to your meals, Bisi Bisele Bhath, without the ghee, can be an exciting addition to your palette. You will find this dish in the menu of The Prime, our restaurant in Tirupati. We prepare this dish with the freshest ingredients and utmost care!


SriVari Laddu


SriVari Laddu is the sweet offered to the deity at Venkateshwara Temple. This indulgent dessert is made from Besan, sugar, cardamom and cashews all bound together by pure ghee. After prayer ceremonies, SriVari Laddu is also served along with Pulihora as Prasadam to the devotees. This particular dessert has now become the pride of Tirupati and Venkateshwar Temple. This captivating dessert with a mild yet lingering taste, has found favour amongst almost every palette, be it Indian or international.