10 must-try foods in Chennai

Filter Coffee

Experience the aromatic and strong South Indian coffee served in a stainless steel tumbler and dabarah.

Masala Dosa

A crispy crepe made from fermented rice and lentil batter, filled with a flavorful potato masala, usually served with coconut chutney and sambar.

Chettinad Chicken

A spicy and aromatic chicken curry cooked with a blend of Chettinad spices, known for its rich and distinct flavors.


A comforting breakfast dish made with rice and lentils, often tempered with cumin, pepper, and garnished with ghee.


Soft and fluffy steamed rice cakes, served with coconut chutney and sambar, a staple breakfast dish.

Fish Curry

Chennai's coastal location makes seafood a must-try. Fish curry cooked in tangy tamarind gravy with aromatic spices is a local favorite.


Flavorful rice dish cooked with marinated meat (chicken, mutton, or seafood), fragrant spices, and garnished with fried onions and boiled eggs.

Vada Pav

A popular street food, consisting of a spiced potato fritter sandwiched between a pav (bread bun), served with chutneys.

Kothu Parotta

 Shredded parotta (layered flatbread) stir-fried with spices, vegetables, and either chicken or mutton.


Bite-sized hollow puris filled with a tangy tamarind water, chickpeas, potatoes, and spices, a popular street food snack.

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