Say any place that must not to be missed in one’s lifetime, Chennai has it all. Be it a beach or religious place or historical place or tourist spot Chennai has everything of that sort. Above all of it Chennai has something extremely special which is not mentioned above. Yes Foodies, You all guessed it right! From street food to elite food, Chennai is best in business. Here we are going to look at a list. A list on food items which you must MUST have eaten in your childhood if you are a chennaite. If not go grab and taste as faster as you can before your adulthood ends.
- Kuzhi paniyaram
Kuzhi Paniyaram is a Tamil dish made by steaming batter, which is made from pulses and rice. This is available in sweet as well as spicy form. The spicy paniyaram includes sautéed onions and green chillies. The best thing about this dish is that it stays well-preserved on long trips too.
- Kothu Parotta
Non-vegetarians people must have tried the Kottu Parotta in their childhood. It is made using eggs, meat and salna, a spicy sauce. Variants of Kothu Parotta are Muttai Kothu Parotta, Chilli Parotta. This is a popular street food and it’s advisable to try it at a roadside shop rather than a restaurant.
Puttu is a super delicious breakfast dish of steamed cylinders of ground rice layered with coconut. It is served with side dishes such as palm sugar or chickpea curry or banana. Ahoy, seafood lovers! Puttu tastes quite good with fish curry too. I still can remember the strange screaming of that Puttu aunty from whom my mother will buy Puttu whenever she has not made the breakfast.
Appam refers to a type of South Indian pancake made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk. There are several variations of appam. Egg appam, honey appam, palappam (extra thick coconut milk/cream is added) and much more are listed on the menu.
- Puliogare rice
Puliyogare or tamarind rice is yet another rice preparation that’ll make your mouth water long after the taste has left your palette. You might hated it in your child hood but try to eat it while you are starviung. It is made using teamed or boiled rice mixed with tamarind paste, groundnuts or peanuts, coriander, coconut, red chili, curry leaves, jaggery, pepper, mustard seeds, fenugreek, turmeric, asafoetida, urad dal, and cumin. It tastes even better with Thengai (coconut) chutney and boiled and salted chickpea.
Idiyappam is a traditional dish consisting of rice flour pressed into noodle form and then steamed. It is generally served with egg, potato, fish or meat curry.
Chana Sundal is a South Indian stir fried dish made with white chickpeas. It is a dry legume-lentil preparation, spiced and tempered with fresh coconut. It is highly appetizing! Not your mother, you might ate it on the insistence of beach side vendors at your childhood.
Murukku is a crunchy snack, whose name is derived from the Tamil word for twisted, referring to its shape. It is made from rice flour and urad dal flour. It’s a great munch-on during trips or while watching TV.
There are several varieties of Payasam, which include rice payasam, sevai payasam, paruppu payasam. This sweet delicacy is made by boiling rice, broken wheat, tapioca, vermicelli with milk and sugar.It is flavored with dry fruits.
Kozhukkattai is a popular Indian sweet dumpling made from rice flour, grated coconut and jaggery. It is similar to modaks available in other parts of India. You could end your meal with this sweet dish, and then retire to sweet slumber. You must have eaten this at any or every day of Vinayagar Chathurthi during your childhood and even now.