Chennai is not just all temples and beaches but is also a food paradise. Breaking away from the stereotype of Idli, Vada and Dosa, Chennai has a lot more to offer catering to everyone’s taste and needs. Such as Murukku sandwich, cheese canopies, masala puff, south Indian meals, filter coffee and much more. With new restaurants and cafes opening vegetarians are in for a treat! There’s so much to explore in the city when it comes to food – street side, cafes and restaurants. These are the 5 dishes you must eat
a. Murukku Sandwich – spicy mint and coriander chutney with veggies, cheese and mini murukku (chakli) pieces instead of bread adds the crunch to this bite sized dish. Perfect for a quick snack. The place to try it is Links, Puruswalkam; Keshav Chaats, Madipakam; b. Idli Vada – a bowl of hot idli, vada topped with sambar is a must try when in Chennai. The place to try it is Ratna Café, Triplicane & multiple outlets. Also try the Thaat Idli here!c. Sapad (Meals) – translates to a meal which comprises of curries, rice, sambar, chappati/poori’s, curd, puliyogare and a Vada. The curries change on a daily basis, so ask before ordering your meals. You can also choose from half or a full meal. The place to try it is Saravana Bhavan, Egmore & multiple outlets; Annalakshmi, Chetpet. Try the chettinad style (Andhra meals) at National Lodge, George Town.d. Sundal – boiled white channa with coconut, raw mango and mustard seeds is a must try at Marina Beach while taking a stroll on the longest beaches in the world. You should also try out the plantain bajjihere.
e. Seena Bhai’s Dosa – Open till 1 am every night, the molagapodi onion uttapam with the mint and coriander chutney’s is just what your tummy needs when craving for something delicious and filling. The place to try it is Seena Bhai Tiffin Centre, Sowcarpet. (There is no seating here).
What are your best food memories from Chennai? I’d love to hear from you!