Araku Valley Bamboo Chicken Unique Tribal Delicacy


Travel to a destination cannot be complete without local food. Every place no matter how small or big has a local delicacy hidden in its regional cuisine. Most of the time ingredients remain the same. But it’s the process that makes all the difference. The Bamboo Chicken delicacy at Araku Valley is one such traditional delicious chicken recipe of Araku Valley.

Bamboo Chicken delicacy of tribals at Araku Valley
A popular delicacy of the tribals at Araku Valley

In Araku Valley tribal communities cook chicken inside the hollow part of the bamboo shoot without using any oil or water.

A tribal food stall with Bamboo Chicken on offer at Araku Valley
A tribal food stall with the popular delicacy on offer at Araku Valley

Bamboo Chicken Recipe from Araku Valley

They take the small raw chicken pieces and marinate them with ginger heavy masala. Stuff the marinated chicken recipe inside the bamboo piece that is open from one side. And close the open end by stuffing the Sal leaves, called Adda leaves locally. This piece is now put on the coal fire. And turned around a few times so that the heat spreads out evenly. Note that no oil or water is used in this cooking. It is only the heat passing through the burning bamboo that cooks the food inside.

The special tribal dish is ready inside the roasted bamboo
The special tribal dish is ready inside the roasted bamboo

Once the outside parts look a bit burnt black, it is an indication that the chicken is cooked well. Then open the bamboo, and remove the Sal leaves. The chicken delicacy is ready to be savored. Traditionally, this local tribal delicacy is served on Sal leaves.

Opening the roasted bamboo, first glimpses of the dish
Opening the roasted bamboo, first glimpses of Bamboo chicken

Trade Mark Chicken Delicacy of Araku

This is a trademark delicacy of the tribal communities of the valley. Only they are allowed to cook using bamboo. It is not served in restaurants. Though the local restaurants will arrange to bring it for you from the tribal sellers. You will find small roadside stalls made of bamboo, managed mostly by women. With green bamboo standing, masalas or spices scattered, and a small coal Chulha or stove at the back. I was told that during peak season people have to wait for hours before they can get this dish. Such is the popularity that it enjoys. I could not figure out if the Government has put a restriction on others making the dish. But if they have, it is definitely a good move. It is helping a lot of the local population to reap the benefits of the tourism economy.

Ready to relish popular tribal dish of Araku valley
Ready to relish a special tribal dish

My only grouse is that being a vegetarian I could not enjoy bamboo cooking. I tried asking them if they can make anything vegetarian using the same method. But no one showed any enthusiasm at the suggestion. They only smiled and I tried to guess the taste from the faces of those who were eating.

Coffee and Pepper plantations landscape at Araku Valley
Coffee and Pepper plantations landscape at Araku Valley

You will find the beautiful landscape of the Coffee plantations along the roads leading to the town. It is a pleasant drive through the beauty of nature.

Recommend you to read the following Places to visit in Araku Valley.


  1. The first time I’ve seen this dish is in a Telugu Movie called ‘Village lo Vinayakudu’ being a veggie even i don’t have a chance to eat but will definitely try with something in veggie and will come back with a recipe.

  2. wow! thanks anu…really most interesting. Part of my mom’s family comes from Vizag and they’ve never told me about this!

  3. Wow !! Looks very interesting, surely the chicken must also be infused with the flavour from the bamboo. Would love to try…!

  4. I had the good fortune to enjoy this dish at Kanker recently in Chhatisgarh. The family hosting me made this as yes, it was delicious. The bamboo flavour infused chicken was heavenly. We also discussed possibility of vegetarian dishes and two possible ingredients which were suggested were the traditional Aviyal vegetables or Tofu


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