Burmese Noodles To Jigarthanda: A Broke Person's Guide To Street Food Under INR 50

Keerthana posted on 01 January

Ten-Second Takeaway

Chennai is very famous for its street food, but what’s also special is that you can get your hands on most of these by spending less than INR 50. Don’t believe us? Keep reading to find out more!

Bolis At Venkatramana Boli Stall

Boli is a popular Indian sweet flatbread and you might recognise it from its other names like pooran poli, holige or obbatu. If you’re craving this traditional snack, head to Venkatramana Boli Stall in West Mambalam that makes fresh bolis everyday at just INR 5! There’s no seating available and it can get crowded in the evenings, so make sure to get your plate of “boli-cious” snacks nice and hot!

Fast Food Restaurants

46, Near Ayodhya Mandapam, Arya Gowda Road, West Mambalam, Chennai

Sandwiches At Royal Sandwich

Sandwiches will always remain everybody’s comfort food. Check out Royal Sandwich at Alwarpet that also has outlets all over the city for some yummy masala and green chutney between two layers of soft bread! They cost approximately INR 50 and have over 50 kinds of sandwiches so you’re probably going to get dizzy from choosing!

Fast Food Restaurants

159/160, TTK Road, Seetammal Colony, Alwarpet, Chennai

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Spring Potato & More At Bessy

No matter which beach you visit in the city, you are most likely to kind almost the same kind of grub. But head over to Bessy, the more aesthetically pleasing beaches in the city and get you hands on interesting eats like Spring Potato or Twistatoes {spring like deep fried potato garnished with mayo and masala of your choice}. The basic version of this costs about INR 50 but if you want more toppings it’ll cost more. There’s also boiled sweet corn or roasted corn, sundal {boiled chickpeas topped with onions and shredded coconut} and ice gola {crushed ice lollies dipped in a tangy sorbet of your choice}.

Tourist Attractions

6th Avenue, Elliot's Promenade, Tiruvalluvar Nagar, Besant Nagar, Chennai

    Jigarthanda At T Nagar

    Here’s something that’s healthy and will also quench your thirst in a jiffy. And the best part? It even has ice cream in it! Jigarthanda is a cold beverage that originated in the city of Madurai and literally translates to “cool heart” in English. You can find this in almost all the Murugan Idli Shop outlets across the city or you can also head to Madurai Famous Jigarthanda in T Nagar where jigarthanda costs INR 30 only.

    Juice & Milkshake Shops

    52, Mothilal Street, Thyagaraya Nagar, Chennai

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    Samosas At T Nagar

    If you thought that T Nagar is only a shopping hub, then you’re wrong. It is also a haven for yummy street food. So the next time you’re here, don’t forget to try the crunchy, tiny, onion samosas outside Kumaran Silks. It’s a steal at INR 20 given that you get six samosas!

    Clothing Stores

    12, Opp. To Panagal Park, Nageswaran Road, Parthasarathi Puram, Thyagaraya Nagar, Chennai

    Chaat At Karishma Pani Poori Shop

    Head over to Karishma Pani Poori shop on Nungambakkam High Road for lip smacking pani puri in the city and we bet you can’t stop at just a plate or two! You can also try samosas and bread pakoras while there.

    Fast Food Restaurants

    58, Nungambakkam High Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai

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    Beef Biryani At Bai Biryani

    Here’s something that’ll fill your stomach to its fullest, beef biryani. Bai Biryani is a small restaurant in Triplicane that is extremely famous for its aromatic and yummy beef biryani that costs only INR 50. So if you’re ever around, don’t forget to visit.

    Fast Food Restaurants

    124, Triplicane, Chennai

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    Atho At Burma Bazaar

    Bored of the same old evening snacks? Want to try something different? Head over to Burma Bazaar and taste some of the Tamil-Burmese dishes it has to offer like Atho, Khowsuey etc. Atho is noodles cooked with cabbage, onions, tamarind, chilli powder and lemon juice and then hand-tossed in garlic oil. Khowsuey is also similar to Atho, but with the addition of coconut milk. Read more about Atho and where you can find it over here.


    Burma Bazaar NSC Bose Road, Parry's Corner, George Town Chennai

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    Bajjis At Jannal Kadai

    Bajjis or fritters are an all-time favourite snack in the city and Jannal Kadai in Mylapore is one of the best places for you to try hot and crunchy fritters. Try the vazhakkai bhajji  {three pieces} for just INR 30.

    Street Food

    55/25, Near Kapaleeshwar Temple, South Mada Street, Mylapore, Chennai

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    Rose Milk At Kalathi Newsmart

    Well, you definitely need something to wash down all that food right? Head over to Kalathi Newsmart in Mylapore and try their iconic rose milk which is the perfect blend of sweet rose syrup and creamy fresh milk! And it’s just INR 15 for a refreshing glass! Perfect to beat Chennai heat.


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    Juice & Milkshake Shops

    27, S Mada Street, Mylapore, Chennai

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