No food like street food! Truly, if you really want to smell & taste the culture and tradition of any place you visited, never miss to try street foods there. As all other metropolitan cities of India, Chennai has its own wide range of iconic street foods ranging wide from snacks to chaats, sweets to beverages, veg to non-veg. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s drool!
Mostly found near the shores of beaches in Chennai, Sundal is a tasty yet healthy on-go snack. It’s basically boiled grams or peas sautéed in little oil with mustard, tossed with spices, garnished with grated coconut and served in newspaper cone. What more can you wish for? Surrp!
Made with rice and coconut, Puttu is a traditional light sweet dish which served to your health and taste buds at the same time.
3) KOTHU PAROTTA
Similar to famous North India Laccha Parathas, Chennai has its own version of Kothu Parotta smashed and served with veg, egg or meat curry.
4) IDIYAPPAM & VADA CURRY
Those who are fans of famous South Indian Idli & Dosa, they will definitely become a loyal fan of Idiyappams as well once they dig their jaws into it. It’s cooked in steam and eaten with vada curry – thick gravy made with mashed masala vade & lots of spices.
5) BAJJIS & BONDAS
Streets of Chennai caters a very humongous range of a deep fried snacks called ‘bajjis’ made by dipping vegetables like green chillies, mashed potato balls and boiled eggs dipping into gram flour & frying in oil. ‘Bondas’ to a contrast are made of pure flour deep fried with spices in it. Mysore Bonda is the most famous amongst all them.
Extending the love for chaat, Chennai has come up with its own chaat dish called kaalan – made of deep fried mushrooms intensely cooked in tangy gravy & served with savory toppings.
To quench your thirst in sweaty summers of Chennai, go for this hardcore cold beverage called Jigarthanda loaded with badam pissin and sabja seeds.
For all the egg lovers in Chennai, Kalaki is their every day’s desire! Somewhat similar to scrambled egg, Kalaki is a much softer and fluffier version of it.
9) CHICKEN PAKODA
Served with chopped onions and lemon, Chicken Pakoda is a must try for all the non-veg lovers. It has a very distinct aroma and taste which attract all who passes by its stall! It tastes best when accompanied with a chilled glass of buttermilk or lemonade.
Made of rice, ghee, cashews and curry leaves, Pongal is a traditional breakfast – mostly preferred by office goers to have a power-packed start for the new day. It tastes yummy when smashes with hot sambar.
The next time you head onto the streets of Chennai, you will be knowing what all to try to make your day yummy and to make your tummy happy! Stay tuned to more such hunger reliving content.