Chennai Food Specialities Every Foodie Must Try

Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu is the third largest city in India. Be it beaches, food places, religious places, educational institutes or historical sites, Chennai has it all. What we must tell you is that, Chennai is a foodie’s paradise! It serves a range of yummiest vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. While filtered coffee and rice is something that you will find at every nook and corner, there are some food items that you certainly mustn’t miss when you are in Chennai.

Check out the list of delicacies below and make sure that you tick them all off when you are in Chennai!

Filter Coffee

Every street and corner in Chennai is crawling with formations that have perfected the art of brewing the most pleasant and rejuvenating cup of filter coffee. The distinct aroma and the unique blend make south Indian filter coffee the best there is to sip any time of the day. Chennai coffee is definitely on top of the to-taste list for every self-respecting gourmet.

Kuzhi Paniyaram

Kuzhi Paniyaram is an extremely popular dish in south India and this ball of steamy hot goodness melts in your mouth and is sure to transport you to nirvana. If you are visiting Chennai, you must try it. This is available in two flavours: spicy and sweat. We would recommend trying both the flavours of the dish as both contain a different enjoyment.

Kothu Parotta

This is one of those dishes in South India, which you can either try in some hotels, restaurants or can be tried on the streets of Chennai. This high energy, lip smacking food, that can be had as breakfast, brunch, snack, lunch, or dinner.

Chicken Chettinad

It is easily one the best dishes to try in Chennai, as one can never go wrong with it. The lip smacking taste of this rich and regal chicken dish is one of the most famous of Chennai dishes worldwide. Whether you have it with rice or roti, it is always so delicious and rich in taste.  Chicken Chettinad’s aroma is enough to tempt you to eat it every single day of your trip to Chennai!


Sundal is one of the most preferred and famous street food in Chennai. It is also a traditional dish in Chennai which is prepared during the ten days of Dusherra. The Marina beach is said to be the best place where you can enjoy this dish in the best way.


Kozhukkatta is a popular South Indian sweet dumpling made from rice flour, grated coconut and jaggery. These sweet dumplings are quite similar to modaks available in other parts of the country.

Mysore Pak

In Chennai, this yummy mithai is available in two textures–one is a soft and mushy variety, while the other is more porous and crumbly. It melts in your mouth as soon as it touches your tongue. Its buttery taste and soft crumbly texture satisfy a craving you didn’t even know you had.

Apart from the listed food items, Chennai has a verity of foods to offer. Next time you are in Chennai, do make time to taste the delicious and scrumptious treats. And share your experience with that foods in the comment box given below.

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