Next time, when u plan to travel to India or any state in India, Chennai is a must stop place. The foods are very delicious and the below images will only make you drool. People who love travelling and who loves eating would enjoy both as – Travel is to Eat !!
1. Atho Man
Among the most popular street foods in Chennai, Atho Man is originally a Burmese dish, but it has become so popular in Chennai that people have forgotten its origin. Anyway, Atho Man is a plain orange colored noodles dish mixed and served with fresh raw vegetables. You can see small stalls in almost every corner of the streets of Chennai selling Atho Man, and people lined up to buy a plate.
Golgappas in north India, Phuchka in West Bengal, Paani poori in Mumbai and Chennai, you can call them anything, but people’s love for these will never fade. These tiny delicious balls filled with potato, imli chutney, ragda, green chutney, and sometimes onion are among the greatest pleasures of life. Whether you want a quick bite or you’re searching for something pocket-friendly and delicious in Chennai, Paani poori is all that you need. In search of the best pani puri in Chennai? Try Kailash Parbat, Sri Keshav Chaats, Kol style Pani puri, and Meenu’s Pani Puri Shop.
If you don’t fall in love with the masala sundal sold on the gorgeous beaches and roadside kadais of Chennai, then there’s no snack you’ll ever love. It’s a simple street dish made using coconut, raw mango, dried peas, with a dash of asafoetida. You can find them mostly near the beach area and it is best eaten while enjoying the cool ocean air.
Chennai chat includes multiple varieties of delicious street chaat. Aloo chaat, chana chaat, and papdi chaat are a few of them. Chat is one of the most popular items throughout India and even the locals in Chennai love your favorite puchkas. Do try the street style chaat serves in this stunning city!
Once poor man’s dish, Boli is among the most delicious street foods in Chennai. The aroma of hot-hot boli will surely draw you to a nearby stall. It is basically a sweet refined flour paratha stuffed with masded toor dal, jaggery, charoli, cardamom, nuts, and raisins. If you have a sweet tooth, you must try this yummylicious street dish.
6. Podi Dosai
Podi dosai is Chennai’s best kept secret. Made fresh and given to customers within minutes, this one is probably the spiciest and most delicious dosai you’ll ever eat. A “Chennai special food”, it is soaked in rusty red podi that’ll make you sweat as you eat it, but it’s worth trying.
Nothing new about them, but they are as delicious as they’ve always been. The little white, steamed rice cake served with sambhar or coconut chutney on the street is probably the healthiest street food in Chennai. Idli makes a great and healthy breakfast option as there’s no oil required in making them. They are steamed in a mold that are especially made for idlis.
Bhajji is a well-liked food that can be seen in street-side stalls of Chennai. Some of the bhajji stalls in Chennai have been successfully running for 20 years and the secret an be felt in their tangy chutney and crispy and soft bhajjis that are best eaten on a rainy day. Jannal Kadai in Mylapore is among those most popular bhajji stalls that serve you magic on a plate.
Wada, vade, vadai, wadeh and bara, you can call it anything, but it will remain the best street food in Chennai. This snack can be seen in almost every nook and cranny of the city. Made of spices and Bengal Gram, these deep fried donuts may not be a healthy option, but it certainly is a delicious delicacy. The street-side stalls in Chennai sell vadas with either sambhar orcoconut chutney.
A deep fried, crunchy snack sold on the streets of Chennai, Murukku is made using rice flour, salt, gram flour, and cumin seeds. The snacks are shaped into coils and served with tea. Murukku sandwich, which contains tomato, cucumber, and mint chutney, is another street food becoming popular among people.
11. Kothu Parotta
Parotta is made of refined flour, it’s a flatbread served on the streets of Chennai. It is much like the north Indian Lachha Parantha. And Kothu Parotta is prepared using shredded parotta, mixed with meat, egg, and vegetables. A Chennai special food, this can be found in restaurants too.
12. Bhel Puri
A savory snack, Bhelpuri is originally from the Indian subcontinent. A type of chaat, it is a light snack made of puffed rice, tomato, onion, peanuts, and tangy tamarind and mint chutney. This may not be typical Chennai chaat, but it has become quite popular among Chennaikars.
A dense and creamy ice-cream, which is tastes better than the normal ice-cream, Kulfi can be found in almost every city of India. In Chennai, you can see people lined up out small outlets or road-side stalls to try various types of kulfis. From the thick malai flavour to the a bit bitter coffee flavour, you get what you want.
Idiyappam may look like noodles, but they taste quite different. Made with rice flour and served with coconut milk and curry, Idiyappam is a popular street food in Chennai. There’s no dearth of street-side stalls selling Idiyappam in the city.
A Chennai special drink, Jigarthanda, which literally means ‘cool heart’ is a cold and refreshing drink quite popular in Chennai during summer. The drink was originated in Madurai and gradually became popular among younger generation. Served at roadside stalls, these drinks are perfect to beat the harsh Chennai heat.
Uthappam is one of the most sold street foods in Chennai after Dosai. Uthappam is made out of rice and is loaded with all types of vegetables like capsicum, tomato, and cabbage. Served with Sambhar and coconut chutney, Uthappam will surely become one of your favorite South Indian dishes. Seena Bhai Tiffin Centre is the best place in Chennai that is serving the most scrumptious Uthappam for the past 36 years. Other places where you can relish one of the best street foods in Chennai are Saravana Bhavan Anachi Dosai Kada and Ratna Cafe.
Puttu is a famous breakfast dish in South India. For making Puttu, rice is grounded and then steamed in a cylindrical shape vessel. Puttu is then garnished with crushed coconut and served with sweet dish or curry. The sweet dish served is either banana or pam sugar. Curries made with pulses, chickpeas, fishes, and mutton is served with Putti at some places. You can get your hands on the most delicious Puttu under the North Usman Flyover and at just INR 10 per plate. You can also visit Maplai or Nair Mess for trying it.
18. Kuzhi Paniyaram
Locally known as Paddu, Kuzhi Paniyaram is a small version of Idli but tastes a little different and tastier. Made out of black lentils and rice batter, Paddu is made in a special mould. Kuzhi Paniyaram is one of the most popular dishes and the locals make it at their home frequently. Visit Venkatesan Street, The Old Madras Cafe, Murugan Idli Shop and Dakshina Puram to have the best Kuzhi Paniyaram of your life.