5. Chennai’s Pani Puri:
If you thought you could only find puchkas in Kolkata or pani puri in North India, think again. Chennai dishes out some equally tasteful pani puris. While some are tinged with a south Indian flavour, others are of the typical north Indian taste. Places like Gangotree and 58, Nungambakkam High Road are places known for their pani puris that are believed to be out of this world.
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Another common dish found in the many food stalls that throng Chennai is Uttapam. This thick pancake topped with tomatoes, onions, chillies and capsicum looks like and is also referred to as an Indian pizza. Though a common breakfast dish, you can find many people snacking on this in the evenings as well.
Crispy vadas made from dal, lentils and gram flour is hugely popular in all of Chennai. An all day snack, you can tuck into them at any roadside stall or railway station. The most common type is the doughnut shaped vada. They taste best when freshly fried to a crisp and usually served with a variety of dips ranging from sambar to chutney to curd.
The streets of Chennai aren’t without their fair share of mouth watering chaats. Innumerable stalls on the road and a number of them at the beach offer a variety of chaats. You can get bhel puri, daabeli, samosa chaats, aloo tikis and even pav bhaji all at reasonable prices.
If you’re looking for a break from south Indian food in Chennai then you should probably try Atho. A traditional Burmese dish has found its way to the street food stalls that has hordes of people wanting to get a taste of it. Made from boiled noodles and mixed with spices and vegetables like onion and cabbage, it is especially made to suit the Indian palate and is a great evening snack.