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February 3, 2017

7 Lip-Smacking Must-Have Food in Chennai

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Idly Vada Sambhar

Filter Coffee is the first word that rings in our mind when we hear Chennai. But there is more to Chennai than just filter coffee. The busy and bubbling city has some great food joints that serve lip smacking food. Let’s start our way through food and finish our meal with a cup of filter coffee.

#1 Idly

Idli with Sambar and Chutney


Idlis are principally molded rice cakes and are very good for heath as they are cooked on steam without oil. When you have your Idlis with coconut chutney as well as sambhar, the delicious flavor will linger in your mouth for long time. The best place to have Idlis are at Murugan Idly Shop in T-Nagar.

#2 Adai

If you don’t want to have Idly for breakfast, then you can opt for Adai. are on the lookout for a healthy as well as delicious breakfast item then never miss out Adai. Adai is similar to chillla but made with rice and lentils. It tastes excellent with chutneys or you could have it with vegetables curry and curd. Try Hotel Prakash in Mandaveli to have this dish.

#3 Kuzhi Paniyaram

Kuzhi Paniyaram is a dish not to be missed when you are down here in Chennai. Prepared from Idly or Dosa batter, Kuzhi Paniyaram is a conventional dish prepared by steam. You could also try sweet version of the dish. One of the well known places to try Kuzhi Paniyaram is at Hotel Meenakshi Bhavan, G N Chetty Road.

#4 Thakkali Sadam

Thakkali Sadam is a great lunch option. It is a simple dish prepared with rice and tomato puree. While on your sightseeing trip, grab this quick bite from Park Hyatt Chennai.

#5 Idiyappam

Perfect for snack, Idiyappam is also know as string hoppers. It is prepared from rice flour that is pressed into noodles and steamed. It tastes well with spicy curries or coconut chutney. Try this snack at Namma Veedu Vasantha Bhavan, Villivakkam.

#6 Dosa

Dosa is just as popular as filter coffee and can be eaten as any meal. It tastes great with chutneys and sambhar. After a long day, for dinner, have dosa at House of Dosas, Chettinad Kitchen, Egmore.

#7 Filter Coffee

The aroma of fresh and hot coffee is indeed the definition of pure bliss. The unadulterated and relaxing flavor of filter coffee no doubt gears our motor senses and keeps us going for the whole day. I couldn’t select just one place to have filter coffee. These 8 places are best places to have unique and pure filter coffee.

1.     Kumbakonam Degree Coffee – T.Nagar

2.     Mylapore Filter Coffee – Mylapore

3.     Hot Chips – T.Nagar

4.     Saravana Bhavan – Egmore

5.     Ratna Café – Triplicane

6.     Madras Coffee House – T.Nagar

7.     Vivekananda Coffee House – T.Nagar

8.     Only Coffee – Near Chit Chat, Anna Salai

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