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10 Best Chennai Street Food You Wouldn’t Want To Miss!

Check out our list of 10 best Chennai street food if you are visiting the fascinating capital of Tamil Nadu

Best Chennai Street Food
Best Chennai Street Food

We take you down the streets of the charming city of Chennai to sample 10 mouth-watering, popular street foods you wouldn’t want to miss!

Chennai alias Madras, the coastal capital of Tamil Nadu sure turns heads for its authentic filter coffee (or filter kaapi: as the locals fondly call it), poo pondra (super soft) idli sambar and beach food delicacies! However, the city’s famous and underrated street food’s list is quite big. 

Best Chennai Street Food – Vadais

The local favourite: Vadais! 

The unique range starting from Sambar Vadai, Medhu Vadai, Masal Vadai, Paruppu Vadai, Rasam Vadai to almost every other kind, this iconic food is served at every hotel but tastes best at road kadais! (roadside shops) Pairing it up with your breakfast or devouring it as a delight on its own, the options are endless with vadais.

Vadais, though generally fried, is primarily made of ulundu (black gram) which is highly nutritious. So, here’s your excuse to munch on some extra calories, at least that’s the local mamas and mamis (aunties and uncles) excuse! 

Best Chennai Street Food – Bajjis & Bondas

 Hard to beat – Bajjis & Bondas!

Well, this simple rice flour batter works like a super dip with almost any vegetable and once fried, tastes heavenly!  It is the locals go-to street food when the occasional rains hit the city and everyone yearns for a hot tasty snack. Annas & Akkas (a friendly way to refer to the vendors) serve the vadais right off the oil, piping hot with some ketti chutney on the side to go! The Jannal Kadai (The Window Shop) at Mylapore serve some delicious Bajjis, Bondas & Vadais just for Rs. 30 (Quite a steal) !

Best Chennai Street Food – Chicken 65

A Non vegetarian’s delight is Chicken 65! 

Fun fact: this iconic dish has its roots leading to Buhari (Hotel). The legendary hotel’s 65th item on the menu (hence the name) got really famous and reached celebrity status in the city. Now this dish rules every busy street food junction in Chennai. You can buy the snack in grams or kilos topped with some special spice mix, served with hot and spicy sauce on the side. 

Best Chennai Street Food – Kuzhi Paniyaram

Kuzhi Paniyaram is simply delicious!

Kuzhi Paniyaram is a healthy and delicious snack. You can opt for sweet or savoury Kuzhi Paniyarams when ordering. These soft and spongy Kuzhi Paniyaram will definitely make you crave for more.  

Murukku Sandwich: Snack on!

Ever imagined a sandwich without bread? Well, here it is! A crunchy munchy snack to relish and savour, till you eat every bit of it. A layer of vegetables with cheese and spicy chutney is sandwiched tight which surprises your taste buds. It is a messy snack for sure, so remember to take your tissues and handkerchief. You can find this amazing sandwich in any chat shop, but the best ones are at Mint Street and Sowcarpet. Some other dishes to taste from these areas are the famous Anmol Kesar Lassi, hot jilabis, kachoris and many more.

Best Chennai Street Food – Rose milk

Rose milk: Perfect to toss the heat down!

Chennai’s weather is quite hot. An ideal drink for the Chennai summer is rose milk. This refreshing drink is an absolute favourite for everyone who tastes its heavenly combo of rose and milk. Unlike the tinned cans of soft drinks or even tetra packs of rose milk, Chennai’s street vendors have the original and authentic flavours in their beverages.

Kalathi Newsmart in Mylapore is the city’s beloved shop for rose milk. The price is only Rs. 15! Remember to grab yours!

Best Chennai Street Food – Jigarthanda

Jigarthanda: super cool!

A cold beverage originally from Madurai, now rules Chennai. This extremely rich and healthy drink is topped up with a big scoop of divine almond ice cream and sabja seeds.

 It is one of the best drinks that goes hand in hand when shopping, as it gives you instant energy to wander through streets or bazaars. Get this super drink for anywhere between Rs. 50 – Rs. 80.

Best Chennai Street Food – Atho

Atho: a Burmese delight!

Atho, a Burmese dish is a sought-after street food in Chennai. And no, it is not your usual noodles! This dish is topped with a masala egg which is lip-smacking and delicious. Almost every busy street corner has an Atho stall. Some crowd favorites from an Atho shop include Bejo and Mohinga. 

Parotta: delicious flatbreads!

Parottas or Barrotas how the locals would prefer to call it are layered flatbread. They are available only post 6 pm in the city. There are many kinds of parottas, like ‘ennai parotta’ or ‘bun parotta’ served along with the popular saalna or serva (a delicious gravy packed with wholesome flavours). Though it is high-calorie, it is worth the sinfulness!    

Best Chennai Street Food – Kalan

Kalan: scrumptious gravy!

Kalan: this scrumptious mushroom gravy will make every foodie droll! The mushrooms are initially marinated in a flavourful masala mix and shallow fried until it’s crispy. It is then tossed in a pre-made secret gravy which stuns your taste buds. Do not forget to ask the Anna or Akka for extra corn mixture and vengayam (onion salad) 

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