From idlis and parottas to idiyappam and curry dosa, the streets of Chennai are swarming with stalls that cater to everyone’s palate. There’s a variety of street food to choose from in Chennai with hundreds of such vendors selling local delicacies. It is a craze among the young crowd, cheap and convenient for people on-the-go and of course tasty as ever. Let’s have a look at some of Chennai’s best known street appetizers.
1. Idli Sambhar:
Made from a batter of fermented black lentils and rice, these rice cakes are a popular street food in the streets of Chennai. It is a traditional breakfast item and makes a tasty snack on the streets when served with a combination of nariyal or coconut chutney and sambhar.
One of the most lip smacking roadside delicacies in Chennai are the Parottas that can be found in any roadside food shop. The most famous of all is the Kothu Parotta literally meaning minced parotta. The parotta is made with egg and meat and a dose of a spicy sauce called salna and is usually served with onion raita. Other parottas that make an equally delightful snack are the Chilli and Egg Parottas.
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Another snack that you can grab off of the streets of Chennai is the mouth watering Idiyappam. Also known as string hoppers, it is made from rice flour that’s pressed into noodles and steamed. It goes well with spicy curries or coconut chutney. You can grab a bite of this on your way to work or on your way back home as it is mostly served at breakfast or dinner.
If you’re passing through the streets of Chennai you can’t help but take a bite of the dosa, These savoury crepe-like pancakes are by far the most famous of all street foods to be found in Chennai. Every roadside stall will serve you dosas in different variations from plain dosas to masala dosas rava dosa and even onion dosas. They are a quick meal and much loved on the streets.