Madurai otherwise known as “Thoonga Nagaram” which means – the city that never sleeps. Anytime you venture out,you are sure to find the city busy, and even if you are hungry in the middle of the night,you will find “idlis”.Here is the pick of 8 foods that you must try in Madurai.
Idiyappam is made from rice flour that is pressed into noodles form and then it is steamed – is a typical breakfast/dinner food. It is topped with coconut shavings and sugar.The dish is super light and healthy since there is zero oil in it.
Where to eat: Burma Idiyappam Kadai.
2) Kari Dosai
Madurai is not only famous for Meenakshi temple and Malligai Poo, there are few more things that adds the asset to it. One such popular thing is “Kari Dosai”.
This three-tiered dosai has a base layer of plain dosa, middle layer of egg omelette and the top layer of minced meat. The combination of meat with chettinad masala and eggs makes you to feel out of this world
Where to eat: Konar Mess
3) Jigarthanda – After a heavy meal, wash it down with a cold refreshing drink.
The city is full of Jigarthanda sellers who have fashioned it into a popular staple drink. A concoction of almond resin, sarsaparilla syrup, cold milk, sugar, finely chopped dried fruit and nuts, topped with a generous scoop of ice cream is surely nothing less than a glass of heaven!
Where to eat: Famous Jigarthanda Shop
4) Paruthi paal
Another famous sweet drink is the Paruthi paal. Paruthi means cotton, paal means milk in Tamil. It is the best remedy for cold and cough. Made from extracting the milk from cotton seeds and then adding jaggery, dry ginger, rice flour to make a porridge. One can always spot this hot drink by roadside vendors in their push- carts everywhere in Madurai.
Where to eat: Roadside vendors
5) Keerai Vadai
Keerai means greens, Vadai means fritters.It is made from a kind of green called “mullu murungai” which has an herbal property to cure cold and cough.
This tea time snack is generally seen in road side stalls in Madurai.
Where to eat: Street cart opposite to Sarveshwarar Temple
Also Read: Top 10 mouthwatering street foods of Chennai
6) Kalkandu Sadam – One of the last Saurashtrian restaurants in Madurai
This sweet rice dish has its origin from Gujarat. When Saurashtrian Gujarati moved to Madurai in 14th century they brought with them many types of mixed rice dishes.
This dish has rice, moong dal, with sweetness of sugar and intense flavor of saffron
Where to eat: Sri Nagalakshmi Annexe
7) Vellai Appam – 100 years old hotel
A crispy savoury snack made with urad dal and rice batter and served hot with coconut chutney, sambar and super hot green chilli chutney.
Where to eat: Gopu Iyyengar’s Tiffin centre
8) Fluffy Soft Idlis
Though it now has multiple branches in Chennai, Murugan Idli shop is Madurai born. Here you can have the fluffy signature idlis that served with 4 different delicious chutneys.
Where to eat: Murugan Idli Shop
There are many places like Amma Mess for Meen Kuzhambu,Kola Urundai at Chandran Mess,Parotta at Sulthan Restaurant perfectly sums up the best foods to have in Madurai. We hope you will visit these places soon and let us know your feedback. Happy eating!