8 Scrumptious Street Foods of Chennai to Try in 2021

By Saniya Baxi | 26, Jan, 2021
8 Scrumptious Street Foods of Chennai to Try in 2021

Chennai is the capital city of Tamil Nadu and perhaps the greatest city in South India. It is a city that is acclaimed for its rich culture and legacy, yet very few of us realize that it is one of the top food destinations in India!

Thus, if you are planning to visit this city and searching for the best street food dishes, you may want to try out the below 8 dishes in Chennai.

Disclaimer: We try our best to find Muslim-Friendly food spots for these street dishes. We do recommend that you ask the restaurants or stalls just to be safe.

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Idli Chennai India Street Food

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This is quite possibly the most widely recognized street food that you can discover in Chennai.

It tends to be found at practically all the traffic intersections of Chennai! Moreover, it tastes best when presented with sambar or coconut chutney.

The explosion of flavors, sweet, tangy, and spicy are enough to make you speechless!

Best Places for Idli in Chennai:

  • Murugan Idli,
  • Idli plant
  • Idli Express 


Dosa Chennai India Street Food

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Dosa is one of the most popular Indian food, let alone a special Chennai dish!

Being the staple food of the South, you can locate some generally astounding and delightful Dosa in Chennai. This firm and lightweight dish are best for all meal times and quite affordable too!

Best places for Dosa in Chennai:

  • Nagar
  • Remix Dosa
  • Krishna Dosa Kadai
  • Dosart


Uttapam Chennai India Street Food

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This South Indian bite is a success among the local people of Chennai. This dish is a combination of numerous vegetables and makes a tasty bite that is cherished by local people and the sightseers that visit the spot!

The diverse assortment of vegetables gives this dish a blend of various flavors.

Best places for Uttapam in Chennai:

  • George Town
  • Mini Street
  • Ratna Café



This is a remarkable dish that is found in Chennai. It unites various flavors to fulfill the taste buds alongside being solid.

This dish is made by blending noodles in with plenty of vegetables and flavors. Just a tip, go for the spiciest option!

Best places for Atho in Chennai:

  • Burma Bazaar
  • Beach Road
  • G.A. Street


Puttu Chennai India Street Food

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This dish makes the best dish for a morning meal or even for a night snack with tea. It is made with rice which is adequate to keep you stuffed for a decent amount of time. Moreover, it is a dish that is made with rice and is finished off with coconut.

Best places for Puttu in Chennai:

  • Maplai
  • Nair Mess
  • Ente Keralam


Bhajji Chennai India Street Food

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Bhajji is a well-known snack in Chennai and different pieces of South India. It is fundamentally the same as Pakodas, another type of Indian snack, and is made in a similar surface and shape. It is loaded with potato, onions, and plenty of flavors.

Best places for Bhajji in Chennai:

  • Nair Mess
  • East Madda Road
  • Jannal Kadai
  • Mak N Bhajji Shop



This dish is basically the Indian adaptation of noodles. If you like noodles, then you should definitely taste this dish!

This noodles-like dish is made with rice and served in rings. It is presented with a curry or with coconut milk. The localities definitely love this dish and prefer it as a morning meal.

Best places for Idiyappam in Chennai:

  • Srinivasan Road
  • ID
  • Kaaraikudi
  • Kozhi Idli


Kothu Paratha
Kothu Paratha Chennai India Street Food

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Kothu Paratha is one of those dishes in Chennai that you can either try in some extravagant eateries or even at street stalls. It is made by blending various vegetables with mashed potatoes alongside various flavors. 

Just keep in mind that it is definitely more delicious in cafes and restaurants as compared to street stalls!

Best places for Kothu Paratha in Chennai:

  • Thambi Vilas
  • Madurai Kumar Mess
  • Maplai


Final Thoughts

These regular street foods of Chennai are definitely worth-trying once because you can never have enough of them. Moreover, they offer a completely different taste compared to the well-known Mughlai cuisine of India.

So, if you want to try some vegetarian, lightweight, and unique foods of India, Chennai street food is one of the best.

You can also explore more street foods of India on the Halaltrip blog!

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