Vengamamba Nellore Mess Hyderabad
I first got to know about Nellore Mess from my friend Surendra Lingareddy. He told me that there’s this awesome idli place in Shamshabad which all the taxi wallahs swear by ‘n it’s called Nellore Mess. This’s the morning breakfast place for most of taxi-auto guys ‘n ‘em Shamshabad locals. Now-now, Shamshabad is nowhere close to Hyderabad city. It’s some 30-odd kilometres ‘n takes a bit of an effort to go there. Unless of course, if you’re going to the airport.
It took me a few days to take out some time ‘n reach the gates of Shamshabad. It took a wee bit of dekkho, but eventually I found it. This’s a popular place within Shamshabad ’n almost everyone knows ‘about it. But only once you reach the Shamshabad main market. I’d gone in the evening. They only had a vegetarian thali ‘n some non-veg stuff. The counter staff explained that the tiffin meals were served only during morning hours. Disappointed, but I still went ahead. I was anyway there. Might as well try it.
The thali had an awesome tasty ‘n healthy beetroot fry. A plain pappu or Andhra style dal. A heavenly surakai or bottle gourd kootu. A superb beerakai or ridge gourd pachadi. The pachadi had both the skin ‘n flesh pounded together. Awesome stuff! And the usual accompaniments; rice, fried pappad, pickle, onion ‘n lime wedges. I also ordered a mutton curry alongside the thali. Nellore food’s slightly more on the tangy side. Although all of Andhra/Telangana/Rayalaseema food is generally khatta/tangy. The Nellore style food in Hyderabad, I find to be slightly more khatta than the average Andhra fare. I could be mistaken on this, but in the two Nellore style restaurants I’ve eaten in, I found the food to be slightly more tangy. The mutton curry, btw was exceptional. Tangy ‘n tasty. Mazaa aa gaya! Seriously!
I still wanted to try the morning breakfast. So I went again one fine morning. The idli, wada ‘n dosa were quite decent. And the chutney good. But wasn’t as exceptional as I thought it’d be. Though the place was crowded. And lots of ‘em auto-taxi wallahs were enjoying a good morning brekkie. I guessing, this’s probably the best breakfast this side of town. That certainly justifies the crowd. Though I’m not sure if it’d be worth your while to go all the way to Shamshabad for Vengamamba Nellore Mess. But if you’re heading to the airport. It’d certainly make sense, to leave a little early ‘n have the brekkie/thali here. Rather than having to torture yourself at the food court/s at the airport.
Details of Vengamamba Nellore Mess
Address - Shamshabad main market. Across the road (opposite to) Hyderabad House restaurant.
Timing - Breakfast from 530 am to 9 am. Thali from 12 noon to 10 pm.
Pricing - The thali’s priced at Rs. 55. You can also get the thali parcelled for Rs.70. The mutton curry’s priced at Rs.130 ‘n the chicken curry at Rs.115. Full-full VFM.
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About Chowder Singh’s Hyderabad local food guide
This guide has references to Chowder Singh’s favourite street ‘n local food in Hyderabad ‘n offbeat eating places. Along with original photos ‘n location on Google maps. Kindly note that Chowder Singh pays for all his meals. There are no listings against freebies or payment. And absolutely no going around looking for free vada pav. If you’ve been to or have feedback on the Vengamamba Nellore Mess. Please do share your experiences. Either in the comments section below. Or in the Chowder Singh facebook group.
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Also, please remember that the pricing of dishes that I’ve mentioned, are when I’ve visited. They might change over a period of time. I’ve still included these as a general guideline. And, please do remember that I write mostly about street food. I try ‘n write only about those places, which not only serve good food, but seem to maintain good hygiene practices. I suggest, for safety’s sake, it’s always better to eat at a street food place which’s busy. Also, neat ‘n clean. If they’re making an effort to keep the place clean, you can be reasonably sure that they’re also making an effort to serve hygienic food. But I’d say always go by your own instinct. And if you’re not sure, but still like to try, then have only the cooked stuff that’s still warm. Safer that way.
Happy hunting the Vengamamba Nellore Mess ‘n chow-chow!